Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Associate







Postgrad OfficeEducation CentreCharing Cross Campus





Lisa is a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Her current work explores the impact of clinical academics from the professions outside medicine, that is all research-active healthcare professionals except doctors and dentists. This fellowship is funded by NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Imperial Health Charity.

Lisa’s clinical research interests also include upper limb injury and rehabilitation.

In 2019, Lisa completed an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship: Return to work after carpal tunnel release: what should we advise our patients? In 2020, she was awarded a British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) Research Grant to develop national consensus guidelines on this topic.

Lisa served on the BAHT Clinical Evidence Committee from 2011-2021, and is an Editorial Board member for the journal Hand Therapy. Lisa is co-chair of the current International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy abstract committee.

Lisa is an Accredited Hand Therapist (BAHT) and works clinically as an Advanced Clinical Practice Hand Therapist (Physiotherapy) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.


What does research impact mean to participants? A qualitative interview study

We are currently seeking research-active clinicians from nursing, midwifery, the allied health professions, healthcare science, pharmacy and clinical psychology (AKA NMAHPPs) to be involved as Patient Identification Centres (PICs) for this study. This will involve sending electronic (or postal) recruitment material to your current/previous research participants and/or patient advisory group members. You will be listed as a study contributor.

We are aiming for a wide geographical distribution, and a range of clinical disciplines.

For research participants, the study will involve a one-off interview to understand their experiences of being involved in research and to explore their opinions of research impact.

For more information, please see our PIC site flyer. If you have any questions, or might be interested in supporting this research, please email Lisa Newington on The study is approved by NHS REC and HRA (ref: 21/WA/0229).

Thank you!!

Additional study documents:

Study protocol

Participant information sheet

Participant recruitment flyer



Newington L, Alexander CM, Wells M, 2021, The impacts of clinical academic activity: Qualitative interviews with healthcare managers and research-active nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and pharmacists, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055

Newington L, Ross R, Howell J, 2021, Relative motion flexion splinting for the rehabilitation of flexor tendon repairs: A systematic review, Hand Therapy, Vol:26, ISSN:1369-9571, Pages:102-112

Newington L, Wells M, Adonis A, et al., 2021, A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis exploring the impacts of clinical academic activity by healthcare professionals outside medicine, Bmc Health Services Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1472-6963

Newington L, Ntani G, Warwick D, et al., 2021, Sickness absence after carpal tunnel release: a multicentre prospective cohort study., Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-11

Newington L, Alexander CM, Wells M, 2020, What is a clinical academic? Qualitative interviews with healthcare managers, research-active nurses and other research-active healthcare professionals outside medicine, Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN:0962-1067

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