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Sarah started at the University of Huddersfield in February 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy within the Division of Health and Rehabilitation. She specialises in Neurological Physiotherapy alongside interests in professional development and employability. Prior to this she worked for over 9 years in a similar role at the University of Salford where she received her PGCert in Higher Education Practice and Research in 2008 and was part of the teaching team to win an inaugural VC distinguished teaching award in 2014. Sarah taught across clinical and professional modules and was recognised by Health Education North West for an innovative interprofessional module she led looking at employability and service redesign.Sarah qualified from the University of Manchester in 1998, following rotations within the Pennine Acute NHS Trust she specialised in adult neurology working to a band 7 level, before making the move into Higher Education. She has undertaken CPD focusing on normal movement and the Bobath Technique as well as postgraduate training into research techniques. Sarah is Health and Care Professions Council registered, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, a certified moving and handling trainer and an HEA Fellow.
Sarah is currently undertaking a PhD by Published works focusing on new innovations for the treatment of footdrop of central neurological origin. Her interest lies not only in researching the efficacy of such devices but also exploring how any change is measured and how these devices/technologies translate into practice. As such, ontologically she is not aligned with a particular methodological approach, although to date her research has had a quantitiative bias. Sarah has also been involved in exploring undergraduate engagement in reflective practice and has collaboratively written two book chapters on the subject aimed at Physiotherapy and associated professions.
Kenney, L., Heller, B., Barker, A., Reeves, M., Healey, J., Good, T., Cooper, G., Sha, N., Prenton, S., Liu, A. and Howard, D. (2016) ‘A review of the design and clinical evaluation of the ShefStim array-based functional electrical stimulation system’ Medical Engineering and Physics , 38 (11), pp. 1159-1165. ISSN 1350-4533
Prenton, S., Hollands, K. and Kenney, L. (2016) ‘Functional electrical stimulation versus ankle foot orthoses for foot-drop: a meta-analysis of orthotic effects’ Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine , 48 (8), pp. 646-656. ISSN 1650-1977
Kenney, L., Heller, B., Barker, A., Reeves, M., Healey, T., Good, T., Cooper, G., Sha, N., Prenton, S. and Howard, D. (2015) ‘The Design, Development and Evaluation of an Array-Based FES System with Automated Setup for the Correction of Drop Foot’ IFAC-PapersOnLine , 48 (20), pp. 309-314. ISSN 2405-8963
Williamson, T., Kenney, L., Barker, A., Cooper, G., Good, T., Healey, J., Heller, B., Howard, D., Matthews, M., Prenton, S., Ryan, J. and Smith, C. (2015) ‘Enhancing public involvement in assistive technology design research’ Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology , 10 (3), pp. 258-265. ISSN 1748-3107
Prenton, S., Kenney, L., Stapleton, C., Cooper, G., Reeves, M., Heller, B., Sobuh, M., Barker, A., Healey, J., Good, T., Thies, S., Howard, D. and Williamson, T. (2014) ‘Feasibility Study of a Take-Home Array-Based Functional Electrical Stimulation System With Automated Setup for Current Functional Electrical Stimulation Users With Foot-Drop’ Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , 95 (10), pp. 1870-1877. ISSN 00039993
Prenton, S., Kenney, L., Cooper, G. and Major, M. (2014) ‘A sock for foot-drop: A preliminary study on two chronic stroke patients’ Prosthetics and Orthotics International , 38 (5), pp. 425-430. ISSN 0309-3646
Sarah is not currently involved in supervising at this level
Year 1: Physiology in the context of Physiotherapy. Year 2: Neurological Physiotherapy; Research 2 (module leader). Year 3: Clinical reasoning (module leader). Moving and handling across all years.