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Alison Cowley

NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow and Senior Physiotherapist, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Alison is a Clinical Academic Physiotherapist based in the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing and at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. She was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship (Integrated Clinical Academic Pathway) in 2016 and commenced her PhD in the Division in April 2017 which is titled " Assessment of rehabilitation potential in frail older people in the acute hospital setting: a mixed method study". Alison developed an interest in working with older people living with frailty and models of rehabilitation both within the acute, elective surgical and community setting. She has worked in a number of clinical, operational, transformational change and research roles within the NHS and Academic Health Sciences Network.

She qualified from Coventry University in 1997 and completed an NIHR funded Masters in Research Methods at the University of Nottingham in 2014. Alison was awarded a Health Education East Midlands Silver Scholar which she completed in 2015.

Expertise Summary

Clinical Academic Careers for Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals

Pre-operative surgical rehabilitation and screening

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Rehabilitation and frailty management

Multi-professional models of care

Change management

Shared Governance

Journal Articles

Cowley A. Bath-Hextall F, Cooper J. Interventions for healthcare professionals, organizations and patients to enhance quality of life for people diagnosed with palliative esophagogastric cancer: a systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports: March 2017 - Volume 15 - Issue 3 - p 840-852.

Cowley A. Evans C, Bath-Hextall F, Cooper J. Patient, nursing and medical staff experiences and perceptions of the care of people with palliative esophagogastric cancer: a systematic review of the qualitative evidence. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports: October 2016 - Volume 14 - Issue 10 - p 134-166.

Cowley A, Cooper J, Goldberg S. Experiences of the advanced nurse practitioner role in acute care.Nurs Older People. 2016 May;28(4):31-6. doi: 10.7748/nop.28.4.31.s23.

Cowley A, Gordon AL. An exploration of the contributions of physiotherapists to Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment: An ethnographic study of skills, expertise and assessment tools. Agility. 2016. Spring/Summer edition: 16-24.

Cowley A. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and Frailty Skills: A reflection on disseminating research findings. Agility Spring/Summer Edition 2016: p.24.

Corrie H, Brooke-Wavell K, Mansfield N, Cowley A, Morris R, Masud T. Effects of vertical and side-alternating vibration training on fall risk factors and bone turnover in older people at risk of falls. Age and Ageing.2014; 0,1-8.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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