Dr Elizabeth Croot, PhD, MMedSci, Grad Dip Phys

Senior Research Fellow

Liz Croot

School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR),
University of Sheffield,
Room 3004
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 1725
E-mail: l.croot@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD 0000-0002-3666-6264


I am a Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director of the MCRU and course director for the Masters in Clinical Research. My research expertise lies in qualitative methodology, user centred disability research and complex intervention development and evaluation. I am currently working on projects to explore different approaches to complex intervention development and to develop and evaluate weight management services for people with learning disabilities. As course director for the Masters in Clinical Research I have a strong commitment to promoting and supporting clinical academic careers for nurses and allied health professionals. My background is physiotherapy and my PhD, completed in 2005, was funded by an NHS Executive (Trent) Health Services Research Training Fellowship.

Research Interests

My research interests are:

    • Health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities
    • Improving patient experience of healthcare
    • Development and evaluation of complex interventions
    • Realist review

Teaching Interests

I am course director for the Masters in Clinical Research which aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in clinical research. I have supervised Masters dissertations for the MPH and the MClinRes.

I currently supervise one PhD student:

  • Latifa Alenezi : A study to explore the use of cognitive strategies to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain.

I have supervised three 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 HPC registered

Current Projects

  • INDEX Identifying and critiquing approaches to intervention development
  • DEUCE Drivers of Demand for Emergency and Urgent Care services

Previous projects

  • 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


I am based in the section of Health Services Research


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Journal articles