Dr Elizabeth Croot

PhD, MMedSci, Grad Dip Phys, SFHEA

School of Health and Related Research

Senior Research Fellow

Director of Learning and Teaching

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Dr Elizabeth Croot
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am director of learning and teaching, deputy director of the MCRU and a Senior Research Fellow in ScHARR.

My research expertise lies in qualitative methodology, user-centred disability research and complex intervention development and evaluation.

I currently hold a career development award from the School for Social Care and I am using this to explore how people with learning disabilities can be supported to make decisions about their lives.

My background is physiotherapy and I have an MMedSci in primary and community care. I completed my PhD at ScHARR in 2005. This was an exploration of the experiences of Pakistani parents caring for children with high support needs.

I have a strong commitment to promoting and supporting clinical academic careers for nurses and allied health professionals.

Research interests
  • Health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities
  • Improving patient experience of health and social care
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions

Current projects

  • Career Development Award, NIHR School for Social Care

Previous projects

  • INDEX Identifying and critiquing approaches to intervention development
  • DEUCE Drivers of Demand for Emergency and Urgent Care services
  • WiLD Weight loss for people with learning disabilities
  • COPES Community-based peer support: Developing a model for promoting health literacy
  • PEFUTIA Patients’ experiences of follow up after transient ischaemic attack 

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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Croot EJ (2007) Prioritising Paediatric Physiotherapy Services for Children with Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties In Roulstone S (Ed.), Prioritising Child Health Practice and Principles Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Roulstone S () Prioritising Child Health Routledge RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Teaching interests

I am director of learning and teaching for ScHARR. I am particularly interested in engaging students in the design and development of our programmes and in working with public and private sector organisations to ensure our programmes are relevant and attractive to future employers. I supervise Masters dissertations for the MPH suite of programmes and the MClinRes.

I currently supervise three PhD students:

  • Nuha Alshaaili: The Rehabilitation Journey of a Child with Disability: Parental Acceptance and Resilience.
  • Cheryl Grindell: Exploring the role of co-design as a knowledge mobilisation strategy for musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

I have supervised four PhD students to successful completion and I would be interested in hearing from students interested in research with people with learning disabilities, physiotherapy research or developing and evaluating complex interventions.

Professional activities

I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and HPCP registered (PH41760).