Dr Victoria Salmon
College House 2.25
- Physical activity and therapeutic exercise for promoting health and well-being, and for the prevention and management of long-term health conditions
- I am particularly interested in women's health and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, driven by my 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: as an alumna of the GW4 Crucible programme 2017, I am a collaborator on this GW4 seed funded research project, working with colleagues from the universities of Exeter, Bath and Leicester. We are working with local mums 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)
I have 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 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