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s.prenton@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473861


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 and was awarded her PhD in November 2017 which focused on the use of interventional devices in the management of foot-drop of central neurological origin. 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 postgraduate training focusing on normal movement, the Bobath Concept and 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.

Research and Scholarship

Sarah’s PhD by Published works, awarded from the University of Salford, focussed on new innovations in the two primary devices used in the treatment of foot-drop of central neurological origin (ankle foot orthoses and functional electrical stimulation) and comparative evaluation of the conventional devices. 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; including two systematic reviews.

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 as well as reviewing the literature associated with the team based learning approach to teaching and learning which was collaboratively written and published in 2017.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Prenton, S., Hollands, K., Kenney, L. and Onmanee, P. (2017) ‘Functional electrical stimulation and ankle foot orthoses provide equivalent therapeutic effects on foot drop: A meta-analysis providing direction for future researchJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine . ISSN 1650-1977

Dearnley, C., Rhodes, C., Roberts, P., Williams, P. and Prenton, S. (2017) ‘Team Based Learning in Nursing and Midwifery Higher Education; A Systematic Review of the Evidence for ChangeNurse Education Today . ISSN 0260-6917


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 systemMedical 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 effectsJournal 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 FootIFAC-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 researchDisability 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-DropArchives 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 patientsProsthetics and Orthotics International , 38 (5), pp. 425-430. ISSN 0309-3646

Research Degree Supervision

Administrative Responsibilities

  • School SREC representative
  • Divisional Moving and Handling facilitator
  • Year 3 tutor for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • 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 and undergraduate health programmes