Professor Sue Mawson

MCSP, BSc (Hons), PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Professor of Health Service Research

Director, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Health Care Yorkshire and Humber

s.mawson@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8270

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Professor Sue Mawson
School of Health and Related Research
2.17, Second Floor, The Innovation Centre
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I originally trained as a Physiotherapist at the Middlesex Hospital, affiliated to the University of London, becoming a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. After my initial training, I went to South Africa to work at the Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital and subsequently as a physiotherapist working for the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Society. It was whilst here that I learnt to develop novel seating and sleeping equipment for the children living in the Cape flats townships, out of cardboard boxes, see my inaugural lecture, ‘What do intelligent shoes and brain synapses have to do with NHS reforms’. 

On returning to the UK I gained a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1991 from Sheffield Hallam University where I developed and lead the Masters in Neurological Rehabilitation. In 1997 I completed my PhD study identifying the characteristics of motor recovery following a stroke.

I was appointed Professor of Health Services Research in the School for Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, working within the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology group and the newly established a Centre for Assistive Technology and Digital Healthcare CATCH.

My role is to develop stronger links between researchers at ScHARR, the NHS, industry and the voluntary sector with a specific focus on research into both novel interventions and technologies for people with disabilities, older people and people with long-term conditions and public health.

Research interests

My research focuses on improving the quality of life of people with long term conditions, particularly through exploration of the effectiveness of rehabilitative interventions and the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support the self-management of the rehabilitation process. My research work, funded predominantly through the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, and latterly the NIHR CLAHRC Y&H, has capitalised on new innovations in sensor and digital technologies and involves interdisciplinary work, integrating clinical rehabilitation researchers with engineering, design, mecatronics, informatics and digital media specialists.

Current projects

In 2008 I led the successful South Yorkshire application to become a National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in applied Research and Care (CLARHC) pilot. This multi-disciplinary innovation community was driven by the needs of people with long term conditions, undertaking applied research, capacity development and knowledge implementation, identifying news ways of enabling the adoption and diffusion of evidence based practices and services through user-centred design methods and self-management principles. www.clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk.

In 2013 the NIHR launched a new call for region CLAHRC’s and I was appointed Director for the Yorkshire and Humber bid which was successfully awarded in July of 2013 for a further 5 years. This ward attracts an income of £10 million from NIHR with a current match funding portfolio form partners organisations of £14 million. http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/

I was a principle investigator on a EU Framework 7 bid, the RICHARD project, with colleagues in Sweden, Italy and Poland the purpose of the research being to improve the implementation of ICT based models for chronic disease management in the areas of dementia, diabetes and stroke care.

Since 2003 I have worked on the SMART 1 and SMART 2 EPSRC funded project with Professor Gail Mountain and Professor Mark Hawley to develop a self management system for people with chronic diseases. I specifically lead the evaluation aspects of the project, developing a Personalised Self-management Rehabilitation Technology (PSMrS) working closely with ‘Kinematic’ a company based in Portugal and Boston, USA utilizing and adapting their multi sensored insole for walking re-education within the PSMrS.

Publications

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Journal articles

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Books

Edited books

  • Tsekleves E & Cooper R (Ed.) (2017) Design for Health (Design for Social Responsibility). Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Mawson SJ, Chamberlain P & Wolstenholm D (2017) Service Design in Chronic Health In Tsekleves E & Cooper R (Ed.), Design for Health (pp. 216-240). Oxon and New York: Gower Publishing Company, Limited. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chamberlain P, Mawson S & Wolstenholme D (2017) Services, Design for Health (pp. 216-240). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ, Zheng H, Mountain G, Hammerton J, Black N, Davies J, Ware P & Harris N (2016) The SMART project: an ICT decision platform for home-based stroke rehabilitation system In Nugent C & Augusto J (Ed.), Smart homes and bejond (pp. 106-113). Amsterdam: IOS press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brownsell S, Haywood A & Mawson S (2012) Barriers and Challenges to Implementing Telehomecare for Long Term Conditions In Glascock AP & Kutzik DM (Ed.), Essential Lessons for the Success of Telehomecare (pp. 237-257). IOS Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McCullagh PJ, Nugent CD, Zheng H, Burns WP, Davies RJ, Black ND, Wright P, Hawley MS, Eccleston C, Mawson SJ & Mountain GA (2010) Promoting Behaviour Change in Long Term conditions using a Self-Management Platform UK: Springer-Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Heller B, Wheat JS, Mawson S & Wright P (2009) Second Lives for the Third Age: Using Virtual Worlds to Encourage Exercise Participation in Older People (P176), The Engineering of Sport 7 (pp. 191-198). Springer Paris RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ, Eccleston . C, Harris N, Hu H, H & Mountain G (2006) The Smart Project: A user Led Approach to Developing Applications for Domiciliary Stroke Rehabilitation. In Robinson P, Langdon P & Clarkson J (Ed.), Designing Accessible Technology (pp. 135-144). London: Springer.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ & Edwards, S (2003) Physical Therapies, Handbook of Neurological Rehabilitation Publishers Psychology Press RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Taylor P, Mawson S & Ariss S (2019) 86 Moving towards an enhanced community palliative support service (EnComPaSS): impact of using mobile technology to support delivery of community palliative care. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, Vol. 9(Suppl 1) (pp a40) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Easton KA & Mawson S (2013) RICHARD Project: Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration.. International Journal of Integrated care, Vol. 13(3rd International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare), 1 July 2013 - 3 July 2013. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Axelrod L, Fitzpatrick G, Balaam M, Mawson S, Burridge J, Ricketts I, Probert Smith P & Rodden T (2011) A Toolkit to Explore Lived Experience of Motivation: When Words are Not Enough. Proceedings of the 5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 23 May 2011 - 26 May 2011. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vowles KE, Mawson SJ, Eccleston C, Wright P & Mountain GA (2009) Integration of Assistive Technology to Support Self Management. Proceedings of the IET conference on Assisted Living. London UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zheng H, Nugent CD, McCullagh PJ, Burns WP, Alexander S, Huang Y, Zhang S, Black ND, Vowles KE, Mawson SJ , Eccleston C et al (2009) Integration of Assistive Technology to Support Self Management. Proceedings of the IET conference on Assisted Living. London UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Egglestone SR, Axelrod L, Nind T, Turk R, Wilkinson A, Burridge J, Fitzpatrick G, Mawson S, Robertson Z, Hughes AM , Ng KH et al (2009) A design framework for a home-based stroke rehabilitation system: Identifying the key components. Proceedings of the 3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 4 August 2009 - 3 April 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nasr N, Torsi S, Mawson S, Wright P & Mountain G (2009) Self management of stroke supported by assistive technology. 2009 VIRTUAL REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (pp 193-193) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Heller B, Wheat JS, Mawson S & Wright P (2008) Second Lives for the Third Age: Using virtual Worlds to Encourage Exercise Participation in Older People (P176) (pp 191-198) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zheng H, Nugent CD, McCullagh PJ, Black ND, Eccleston C, Bradley D, Hawley MS, Brownsell S, Mawson SJ, Wright PC & Mountain GA (2008) Towards a Decision Support Personalised Self Management System for Chronic Conditions.. ICNSC (pp 1521-1524) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilson S, Davies R, Stone T, Hammerton J, Ware P, Mawson S, Harris N, Eccleston C, Zheng H, Black N & Mountain GA (2007) Developing a telemonitoring system for stroke rehabilitation. Proceedings of Ergonomics Society Annual Conference. Nottingham UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ, Zheng H, Black N, harris N & Hammerton J (2006) The SMART Project: An ICT decision platform for home-based stroke rehabilitation system. International Conference on Smart homes and Telematics, 16 August 2006. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Acosta-Marquez C, Bradley D, Hawley M, Brownsell S, Enderby P, Buri H, Mawson S, Scott E & O'Neill P (2006) Design requirements and user interfacing for a rehabilitation robot for the lower limbs. 2006 IEEE Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics, Vols 1 and 2 (pp 499-504) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ, Bradley D, Hawley M, Enderby P & brownsell S (2005) The design of an active exoskeleton to support rehabilitation. 3rd IFAC Conference on Mechatronic Systems (pp 505-510), 15 September 2004 - 17 September 2004. RIS download Bibtex download
  • McCullagh P, Nugent CD, Zheng H, Zhang S, Huang Y, Davies RJ, Black ND, Wright P, Hawley M, Eccleston C , Mawson SJ et al () Knowledge capture for self management of long-term conditions. International Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 11(6) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mountain GA, Ware PM, Hammerton J, Mawson SJ, Zheng H, Davies R, Black N, Zhou H, Hu H, Harris N & Eccleston C () The SMART Project: A User Led Approach to Developing Applications for Domiciliary Stroke Rehabilitation (pp 135-144) RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Mawson SJ Home Page. RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Mawson SJ, Parker J, Mountain G, Nasr N, Davies R & Zheng J (2014) A personalised self-management system for post stroke rehabilitation; a multiple case study realistic evaluation.. The 1st International Conference On Realist Approaches To Evaluation And Synthesis: Success, Challen. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ, parker J, Mountain G, Nasr N, Zheng H & Davies R (2014) Developing a personalised self-management system for post stroke rehabilitation: utilising a user centred design methodology. 8th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation: Towards New Horizons in Neurorehabilitation. RIS download Bibtex download

Presentations

  • Mawson SJ, parker J & mountain G Stroke patients’ utilisation of extrinsic feedback from computer-based technology in the home: a multiple case study realistic evaluation.. The 1st International Conference On Realist Approaches To Evaluation And Synthesis: Success, Challen. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawson SJ, Mountain G, parker J, Wright P & Nasr N Methodological considerations in the evaluation of technologies, drawing upon the experiences of the SMART projects. AAATE workshop, Assistive technology- technology transfer. , Sheffield.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

My PhD students

Over the years I have directed and supervised nine graduating PhDs students and currently supervise 5 two of whom has been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Fellowships. My students are mainly physiotherapist, sports scientist and medical practitioners.

  • Chris Littlewood: "I joined ScHARR in 2011 and in August of that year was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship. Prior to this I was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University. I have previously worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector. I have recently completed a PhD relating to the assessment and management of rotator cuff tendinopathy."

  • Thamer Ahmed Altaim: “Clinical measurement of functional outcomes for individuals receiving physiotherapy management for chronic low back pain”. Thamer is a chartered physiotherapist from Jordan. He started his PhD in 2012 at ScHARR to develop a culturally sensitive clinical outcome measurement tool for individuals receiving physiotherapy for chronic low back pain in Jordan. Thamer presented his work in national and international conferences.

  • Moe Kyi is a Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. She is undertaking an NIHR-CLAHRC (YH) funded randomised control trial on individualised nutritional intervention and pulmonary rehabilitation on underweight patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is her MD project.

Teaching activities

My areas of interest are teaching research methods particularly around measurement theory, complex interventions and the implications of theory to the measurement of health care outcomes. Of particular interest to me are the concepts of clinimetrics and the importance of measurement on the individual as opposed to population-based measurement. I have extensive experience of the TELER methods of measurement and clinical note-taking with Longhand Data utilizing this method in my research as a valid and reliable tool for individual ( n=1) and group RCT mixed methods.

Professional activities

My original degree was in physiotherapy and I became a clinical specialist in paediatric neurology however I moved into a jointly funded NHS academic post in 1991 to undertake my PhD. I was President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) for four years and sat on the NIHR RfPB funding panel for two terms.

I am an elected board member of the Health Services Research Network working with senior research leaders nationally to promote and develop a research culture within the NHS.