Dr Victoria Salmon
College House 2.25
My research focuses on intervention development relating to physical activity and therapeutic exercise for prevention and self-management of long-term health conditions. I am particularly interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, driven by my clinical background in physiotherapy. My PhD involved the development of a physical activity self-management intervention for managing fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis.
I have previously worked in clinical practice both in the NHS and private practice in the UK and abroad, specialising in musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation. I have also worked as a Professional Adviser for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, where I was involved in a range of projects to support physiotherapists in clinical practice and to promote the role of physiotherapists and other allied health professionals in the UK.
I am currently a Research Fellow on the 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.
I am co-chair of 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
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