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Over 25 years experience as a researcher in the UK. Regular international keynote speaker on exercise and falls prevention. Scientific Co-ordinator for ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe) and work package lead in ProFouND (Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination), both EU funded. Strong interest in falls prevention and motivation of older and frailer adults to take part in strength and balance exercise to prevent falls and fractures. More recently became interested in sedentary behaviour and bone health. Led MRC funded Seniors USP (Understanding Sedentary Patterns). Have led or been a co-investigator in research grants totalling £10 million and contributed significantly to the research literature with over 170 research papers, review articles, Cochrane reviews, reports, professional journal articles, books and book chapters. Was Associate Editor for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity for 10 years and am now co-editor of the Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia and Falls.
Currently a member of the Public Health England Falls and Fractures Steering Group who are generating a Return on Investment Tool to support commissioners of services in falls and fracture management and am Chairing the Older Peoples Panel of the CMO Physical Activity Guideline update group. Also on the Scientific Advisory Board for the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham. Presently also a Member of the Expert Panel on ‘Strength and Balance for Health Evidence Review’ for Public Health England and Centre for Better Ageing.
Specialise in getting research into practice and involvement of key stakeholders (patients, participants, staff, policy makers and commissioners) in dissemination and implementation. Involved in a number of implementation research studies looking at fidelity to original interventions and outcomes when translated into practice. I have always been 80% FTE in academia, and in 2003 set up a not for profit training organisation (Later Life Training) in order to work with the Register of Exercise Professionals to get evidecne based exercise qualifications into the fitness industry to improve outcomes for frailer older people and stroke survivors. Since inception, Later Life Training have trained over 9000 professionals in the UK, Europe and Singapore. 95% of exercise delivery within the NHS falls services in the UK is delivered by people trained in 2 of Later Life Qualifications. Works closely with Geriatricians and Allied Health Professionals in multiple National Advisory Committees and education programmes to increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the older population. In 2017 became a Member of the National Osteoporosis Society Clinical and Scientific Advisory Community (CSAC). Currently Chairing the Expert Expert Steering Group (EESG) within a panel the National Osteoporosis Society to produce a Guidance Statement with specific advice on exercise options and cautions for people recently with osteoporosis and/or vertebral fractures, providing consensus and evidence based advice for patients and health professionals working in the field.
In 2017 awarded the British Geriatrics Society Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Medal. In 2016 elected as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and awared an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. In 2015 awarded an Honorary Doctorate – MD h.c., from the University of Umeä, Sweden
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
- Knowledge Translation
- Translational and Implementation Research
- Falls Prevention
- Physical activity
- Independent Living
- Sedentary Behaviour
- Community Health and Preventive Medicine
- Physical Activity Interventions
- Motivation to Exercise
- Health Services Research
- Falls and Rehabilitation Services
- Public Health Education and Promotion
- Health surveys
- Physical Therapy
- Falls Prevention
- Exercise after Stroke
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Systematic review and integrated report on the quantitative and qualitative evidence base for behaviour change interventions to promote physical activity in people with intermittent claudication
1/03/21 → 31/08/22
Project: Research Grant
1/04/20 → 30/06/21
Project: Research Grant
Associations between health-related quality of life and physical function in older adults with or at risk of mobility disability after discharge from the hospitalSunde, S., Hesseberg, K., Skelton, D. A., Hylen Ranhoff, A., Pripp, A. H., Aarønæs, M. & Brovold, T., 9 Jun 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: European Geriatric Medicine. 10 p.
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A systematic review of the physical activity levels of acutely ill older adults in hospital at home settings: an under-researched fieldScott, J., Abaraogu, U. O., Ellis, G., Gine-Garriga, M. & Skelton, D. A., Apr 2021, In: European Geriatric Medicine. 12, p. 227-238 12 p.
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Exploring osteoporosis sufferers knowledge on sedentary behaviour in the management of their diseaseGrady, C. L., Muirhead, F., Skelton, D. A. & Mavroeidi, A., 1 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia and Falls. 6, 2, p. 36-42 7 p.
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Fall prevention interventions in primary care to reduce fractures and falls in people aged 70 years and over: the PreFIT three-arm cluster RCTBruce, J., Hossain, A., Lall, R., Withers, E., Finnegan, S., Underwood, M., Ji, C., Bojke, C., Longo, R., Hulme, C., Hennings, S., Sheridan, R., Westacott, K., Ralhan, S., Martin, F., Davison, J., Shaw, F., Skelton, D., Treml, J., Willett, K. & 1 others, , 31 May 2021, In: Health Technology Assessment. 25, 34, 146 p.
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Fear-of-falling and associated risk factors in persons with rheumatoid arthritis: A 1-year prospective studyStanmore, E. K., Oldham, J., Skelton, D. A., O'Neill, T., Pilling, M. & Todd, C., 10 Mar 2021, In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 22, 11 p., 260.
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