Lisa Roberts PhD MMACP PFHEA FCSP
Clinical Professor of Musculoskeletal Health & Consultant Physiotherapist
As a clinical academic, alongside her work in the School of Health Sciences, Lisa works clinically as a consultant physiotherapist in musculoskeletal health, in the outpatient service at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Nationally, she works to champion a strong relationship between the NHS and academia and support aspiring clinical academics to develop their career.
Lisa is a former President of the Society of Back Pain Research in the UK, and currently has three roles within Eurospine: Chair of the Membership Committee, member of the Executive Committee, and a member of the Eurospine Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC) Task Force. In 2021, she was a member of the World Health Organization Peer Review Group for Musculoskeletal Conditions.
Lisa’s research interests include: improving communication in clinical consultations; shared decision-making; and promoting independence using technology for people with back pain. She has published over 70 academic papers, book chapters and reports, gained over £7million in research funding, and in 2017 won the first NIHR/Health Education England 'Research Champion' award.
As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Lisa is passionate about education and has supervised 32 masters’ and doctoral students, taught internationally across four continents, and is an NIHR mentor.
Lisa has delivered outreach activities, promoting science, healthcare and disability awareness, in addition to 21 television appearances, 22 radio interviews, 3 events in the House of Lords and 1 in the House of Commons, raising awareness about back pain and its impact on individuals and society.
In 2013, Lisa was awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for her work as a leader, clinician, researcher and educator.
- CommunicationImproving patient experiencePromoting health and independence using technologies for people with back pain
- Supportback 2, an NIHR Health Technology Assessment funded, multi-centre, RCT of the clinical and cost effectiveness of an internet intervention with 806 people with back pain in primary care
- A Eurospine funded, proof of concept study that aims to improve consultation-based reassurance in orthopaedic spinal teams
- Developing and testing a support programme for clinicians, to enhance the experience and outcomes for people of South Asian origin attending rheumatology clinics, funded by Pfizer.
- Enhancing Research Culture: Developing a series of short films for aspiring clinical academics to help navigate the process.
Current PhD Students
- Communication skills in clinical consultations
- Musculoskeletal skills (including assessment and treatment of the TMJ)
- Clinical academic pathways
- Clinical effectiveness
- Research methods
- Fellow (2013)
- Runner-up: Student Poster Award (awarded to: Hannah Jarvis) Chartered Society of Physiotherapy virtual PhysioUK 2021 conference (2021)
- Winner: Student Poster Award (awarded to: Hayley Payne, Robin White & Elizabeth Day) Chartered Society of Physiotherapy virtual PhysioUK 2020 conference (2020)
- Runner-up: Poster award in Managing complex pain theme at Chartered Society of Physiotherapy virtual PhysioUK 2020 conference (2020)
- Finalist: : Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s Awards 2019 – AHP Research Impact Award (2019)
- Finalist: Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s Awards 2018 – AHP Quality Improvement Award (2018)
- Society for Back Pain, London. Winner of New Investigators’ Award (Lucy Jones) (2013)
- Society for Back Pain, Groningen. Winner of Local Organisers’ award. (Lisa Osborn-Jenkins) (2018)
- Winner of Health Education England / National Institute for Health Research: ‘Research Champion’ inaugural award, part of the Advancing Healthcare Awards (2017)
- PD Dance Team won the National Institute for Health Research New Media Competition for the film: ‘Improving Balance Through Dance’: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWJxKge86vU (2014)