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


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

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

Key Publications

  • Croot EJ, Rimmer M, Dowse E, Harris J, Hatton C, Hillier S, Lavin J, O'Cathain A, Salway S. Modifying Weight management interventions for use with people with intellectual disabilities: A user centred approach. Obesity Facts, The European Journal of Obesity. 2016; 9 (1): 1-368.
  • Croot EJ, WiLD: Weight loss for people with learning disabilities in Making reasonable adjustments to obesity and weight management services for people with learning disabilities. Public Health England. 2016: 29-30.
  • Harris J, Croot EJ, Thompson J, Springett J. How stakeholder participation can contribute to systematic reviews of complex interventions. Journal of epidemiology and community health. 2015; 0: 1-8.
  • Harris J, Springett J, Croot EJ, Booth A, Campbell F, Thompson J, Goyder E, Van Cleemput P, Wilkins E and Yang Y. Can community-based peer support promote health literacy and reduce inequalities? A realist review. Public Health Research. 2015; 3(3).
  • Croot EJ, Ryan A, Read J, Campbell F, O’Cathain A and Venables G. Transient ischaemic attack: a qualitative study of the long term consequences for patients. BMC Family Practice. 2014; 15:174.
  • Ali PA, Naylor P, Croot EJ, O'Cathain A. Intimate Partner Violence in Pakistan: A Systematic Review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse. 2014; 16(3): 299-315.
  • Booth A, Harris J, Croot EJ, Springett J, Campbell F, Wilkins E. Towards a methodology for cluster searching to provide conceptual and contextual “richness” for systematic reviews of complex interventions: case study (CLUSTER). BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2013; 13(1): 118.
  • Croot EJ, Grant G, Mathers N and Cooper C. Coping strategies used by Pakistani parents living in the United Kingdom and caring for a severely disabled child. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2012; 34 (18): 1540-9.
  • Ali PA, O'Cathain A, Naylor PB, Croot EJ. Failing to meet expectations: the meaning of intimate partner violence for Pakistanis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2011; 65 (2): A1-A40.
  • Croot EJ. The care needs of Pakistani families caring for disabled children: how relevant is cultural competence?. Physiotherapy. 2011; 98(4):351-56.
  • Croot EJ, Lees J and Grant G. Evaluating standards in cross-language research: a critique of Squires' criteria. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2011; 48 (8): 1002-1011.
  • Bellamy G, Croot EJ, Bush A, Berry H, Smith A. A Study to Define: Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 2010; 14 (3): 221-235.
  • Croot EJ, Grant GWB, Cooper C, Mathers N. Experiencing childhood disability: parenting children with high support needs in Pakistani families living in the UK. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2008; 16 (6): 606-13.


I am based in the section of Health Services Research