Dawn Groves-Williams

I joined the University of Leeds as a PhD student in October 2009 where I studied part-time in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE) for a PhD entitled “Geometric Variances in Hip Osteoarthritis and Tribology of the Natural Hip”. During my studies I worked as a part-time research assistant, also within iMBE.

I currently work as a Research Fellow in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM), on a Versus Arthritis funded study investigating electronic rehabilitation programmes for chronic knee pain. I am responsible for setting up the study, including writing patient-facing programme content, and the day-to-day planning and coordination of the project. I have a keen interest in the management of chronic pain and early intervention for musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis.

Prior to studying for my PhD, I obtained an MSc in Medical Engineering from the University of Hull, having previously worked in the NHS since leaving school. I initially trained and worked in the NHS as a registered Operating Department Practitioner and then, having developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal medicine, I widened my clinical skills by re-training to become a Chartered Physiotherapist.

I graduated from the University of Bradford with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy and PGCert in Rehabilitation Studies, where I based the modules around my interest in chronic musculoskeletal pain. In addition to working in the NHS, I gained additional physiotherapy experience working for a handful of rugby teams.

I am interested in promoting public and patient (PPI) activities and have taken part in numerous public engagement (PE) activities whilst at the University of Leeds. As part of this work I created the “What’s in the Box” activity, which teaches people about joint replacements and was designed to be accessible to both children and adults.

For more information, visit my profile page on the University of Leeds website