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Dr Rebecca Kearney

Kearney, Rebecca

Dr Rebecca Kearney is Chair of the West Midlands Regional Advisory Committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

Rebecca is a Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic rehabilitation and Associate Director of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. She holds a joint appointment between University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Warwick University as a clinical academic physiotherapist.

Professor Kearney leads the design and delivery of clinical trials that evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions in the area of trauma and orthopaedic rehabilitation. She holds grants as Chief Investigator and co-applicant with a range of NIHR funding streams, including HTA, RfPB, EME and has held two NIHR Fellowships. Her research portfolio is predominantly pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trials that lead directly to patient benefit.

Supporting aspiring non-medical clinical academics is also a key role for Professor Kearney. She has supported successful NIHR ICA Fellowship applicants through the national NIHR ICA mentorship scheme. She has also successfully supported non-medical academics with completion of NIHR funded pre-doctoral and doctoral training awards.

Professor Kearney supports wider national networks in her field through committee roles with the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Physiotherapists and UK Fragility Fracture Network. Through these roles she has supported three research priority setting partnerships in fragility fracture management, complex fracture management and foot and ankle surgery, with the James Lind Alliance. Professor Kearney is also a current member of the NIHR HTA committee, ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship committee and Chair of the RfPB regional funding committee in the West Midlands.