Dr Victoria Salmon
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College House 2.25
College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Victoria (Tori) worked as a clinical physiotherapist for eight years, specialising in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and has worked at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy supporting physiotherapists in clinical practice and promoting the role of physiotherapists and allied health professionals. Tori completed a PhD in 2016. Her research focusses on development and implementation of interventions to facilitate participation and support maintenance of health enhancing behaviours. She is particularly interested in physical activity and therapeutic exercise to support self-management and improve healthy living for people with long term health conditions. Tori is keen to explore innovative ideas beyond traditional health settings to tackle issues related to healthy living.
- Physical activity and therapeutic exercise for promoting health and well-being, and for the prevention and management of long-term health conditions
- Particular interests in women's health and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, driven by clinical background as a physiotherapist.
- Research Fellow in Women's Health
- Antenatal Preventative Pelvic Floor Exercises and Localisation (APPEAL) Programme. This multicentre NIHR funded research project aims to reduce the number of women who suffer from urine leakage after birth. The project will develop and test a training intervention and implementation toolkit to enable midwives to support women with performing effective pelvic floor muscle training.
- Moving through Motherhood: joint chief investigator on GW4 seed funded research project, working with colleagues from the universities of Exeter, Bath and Leicester. The project worked with local women and graphic designers to develop engaging, accessible resources that combine existing evidence-based physical activity guidelines with the real-life stories of mothers and mums-to-be.
- Exploring communication about physical activity between rheumatology health professionals and people with inflammatory arthritis
- Development of a physical activity self-management intervention for managing fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis (PhD)
Victoria is joint lead for the South West branch of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR).
- PhD, Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, 2016
- MSc, Physiotherapy, Kings College, University of London, 2004
- BSc (hons) Equine Science, University of Bristol, 2002
- 2017 - present: Co-chair, Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR), South West region
- 2016 - present: Research Fellow in Women's Health, University of Exeter Medical School
- 2015-2016: Research Fellow, 'Physical Activity Works', University of the West of England, Bristol
- 2012-2015: Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, University of the West of England, Bristol
- 2011-2012: Professional adviser, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, London
- 2005-2011: Physiotherapist, various roles in UK, New Zealand and France
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My research interests include supporting self-management to promote and improve health and wellbeing for people with long term health needs. My research focuses on the development of theory-based interventions that aim to address barriers to engagement, enhance motivation and support maintenance of health enhancing behaviours. I am particularly interested in promoting participation in physical activity and therapeutic exercise for both prevention and self-management of a range of long term health conditions, for example, inflammatory arthritis and urinary incontinence. This includes supporting healthcare professionals to effectively communicate with service users about health promotion and self-management strategies.
Previous research includes development of a physical activity and self-management intervention to manage fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis. I have employed a range of methods in my research, including systematic reviews, critical interpretive synthesis, qualitative methods (interviews and focus groups) and theory-based intervention development.
- Antenatal Preventative Pelvic Floor Exercises and Localisation (APPEAL) Programme