Cheryl Grindell

BSC (Hons) Physiotherapy , MSc Clinical research

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

PhD Student

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Cheryl Grindell
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and PhD researcher at ScHARR. My association with ScHARR began in 2012 when I completed the NIHR masters in clinical research here. I forged links with Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University during my time as a MSc student at ScHARR undertaking a placement in their then User Centered Healthcare design team as part of CLAHRC SY. This is where my interest in working with design researchers and co-design to improve healthcare problems began. After completing my masters I continued on my clinical academic journey securing secondments initially within CLAHRC SY gaining skills in qualitative research analysis. I continued to develop my qualitative research skills working in the public health section of ScHARR for 10 months and then within the Translating Knowledge into Action theme of CLAHRC YH. It was here that I gained further experience of working collaboratively with design researchers, using creative methods and co-design within an applied health research and service improvement context.

I secured a University of Sheffield PhD scholarship in 2019 to explore the use of creative co-design as a knowledge mobilisation strategy within musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I continue to work clinically in the acute physiotherapy service at The Northern General Hospital.


BSc (Hons) physiotherapy,

MSc Clinical Research,



Research interests

Clear Conversations – Improving Verbal Health Literacy

Creative co-design, knowledge mobilisation and musculoskeletal physiotherapy


Journal articles


  • Wolstenholme D TA (2019) Translating Knowledge into Action Casebook RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

Health Services Research – Health and Care Research Unit


I successfully secured a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust Research Foundation award to support the undertaking of my PhD.

Teaching interests

Knowledge mobilisation and co-design.


Teaching activities

I am involved in teaching on the Knowledge mobilisation in healthcare masters module HAR6064.

Professional activities and memberships

State registered physiotherapist working in Therapy services MSK outpatient department, acute A&E and fracture clinic service , The Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT.
Lego serious play trained facilitator.
Clinical Micro systems coaching trained.

Interactive Poster. Creative co-design and knowledge mobilisation in health care: A qualitative study.UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum. March 2021.

Best Poster Prize. Using creative c-design to mobilise knowledge in health. ScHARR Post graduate Conference (online). June 2020.
Presentation. Using creative co-design to mobilise knowledge in healthcare: A qualitative study. HSRUK July 2020. Online conference due to COVID 19.
Workshop/breakout session. Using creative methods to co-design better healthcare experiences. BC Safety and Quality council. Quality Forum. February 2019, Vancouver Canada.
Presentation: Developing a Shared Safety Net Action Plan (SSNAP) intervention using creative co-design. Improving patient safety: New horizons. New perspectives. 16th Oct 2019.Leeds.

Symposium: Knowledge mobilisation through ‘Collective Making’ in nursing and health services research. The Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference. September 2019. Sheffield.

Poster presentations: Talkback: Co-designing an educational resource for people with low back pain.
Health Services Research UK. July 2019. Manchester.
Physiotherapy UK. Nov 2019. Birmingham.

Workshop. Collective making, to make things happen: UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum March 20th & 21st 2019.

Poster presentation: From MSK to TK2A: A musculoskeletal physiotherapist’s creative research capacity building journey. Physiotherapy UK. Birmingham. October 19th/20th 2018.

Poster presentation: Using creative co-production to develop a treatment decision tool for people with malignant pleural effusion. IASLC. Toronto. Canada. 24th/25th September 2018 and NIHR CLAHRC career development conference. London. Oct 4th 2018.

Presentation: Using a co-design approach to service improvement. Guidance on Developing Interventions Workshop. School of health and related research. University of Sheffield. 12th September 2018.

Break-out session presentation. Using distributed creative co-design to develop a treatment decision support tool for people with malignant pleural effusion. Design4Health. September 2018.

Workshop/ Symposium. Co - producing change. Physiotherapy UK. Birmingham. 10th Nov 2018,

Poster presentation HSRUK Symposium 13-14th July 2016: iStep: Evaluation of a novel social innovation to encourage intergenerational physical activity.

Poster presentations - Management of primary lateral ligament ankle sprains and prevention of recurrence: A web based survey of UK physiotherapists current practice.
Physiotherapy UK (CSP annual conference) Oct 2015 and Physiotherapy Research Society annual conference- April 2015.

Podcast interview of MSc dissertation primary research study - Management of primary lateral ligament ankle sprains and prevention of recurrence: A web based survey of UK physiotherapists current practice. Available in the peer reviewed ScHARR student e-Journal.