Susanne Finnegan

Susanne Finnegan

Research Training Fellowship (2016 – 2019) to carry out a prospective, mixed methods, cohort study: Life After Falls prevention Therapy involving ExeRcise (LAFTER).

Susanne graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1999. She worked clinically as a Physiotherapist for 10 years, specialising in care and rehabilitation of older people and neurological rehabilitation in an acute setting at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. She moved into research at the University of Warwick in 2009, working as a Research Associate on a large randomised controlled trial, delivering a physiotherapy led exercise intervention as part of the Older People’s Exercise in Residential and nursing Accommodation (OPERA) clinical trial.

In 2011, she graduated with an MSc in Research Methods in Health Sciences from the University of Warwick. Following a short time back in clinical practice in community based Intermediate Care, she moved back into research, working with colleagues on intervention delivery and management, as well as recruitment, on several large complex NIHR funded randomised controlled trials, including Coping with Persistent pain, Effectiveness into Self-management (COPERS), Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) and the Prevention of Fall Injury Trial (PreFIT).

Susanne’s main research interests relate to exercise, physical activity, falls prevention, frailty and older people, including those in care homes and those living with dementia. She has authored and co-authored several papers relating to these topics. She has been awarded a Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowship (2016 – 2019) to carry out a prospective, mixed methods, cohort study: Life After Falls prevention Therapy involving ExeRcise (LAFTER). This study will be nested within PreFIT and will involve a sample of approximately 5000 community dwelling adults aged over 70 years. The aims are to investigate whether there is an association between participation in a falls prevention exercise programme, the experience of participating in a falls prevention clinical trial and long-term (up to five years post randomisation) health outcomes including falls, frailty, mobility, cognition and health related quality of life.