He developed an interest in the posterior shoulder through clinical practice and as the subject of his MSc dissertation. He developed his research question as part of a Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HE KSS) research internship 2012-13 at the University of Brighton. Kevin added: “During this time, I was able to build a strong network of expert researchers and clinicians, both at the University and at the Sussex Research Design Service (RDS) who provided guidance and critical appraisal of the protocol in its early stages”.
Kevin was further supported by a second HE KSS grant which helped to fund preparatory research conducted in the Human Movement Laboratory at the University of Brighton in 2014.
“The Research and Innovation department at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has been very supportive, investing time and expertise in helping me develop the proposal and protecting my research time from the demands of clinical practice”.
The research will investigate the effect of treating posterior shoulder tightness on patients who have been listed for shoulder surgery to evaluate whether this form of treatment could reduce the need for surgical intervention and reduce pain and disability associated with the condition. Recruitment will begin in late 2015 and data collection will be complete within three and a half years.