Avril starts clinical research work placement with Ian

Current Greenwich student, Avril Loynes, has begun her six-week work placement with Ian based on his recent research work on ‘Exercise Rehabilitation Programmes in Patients Who Have Undergone Surgery for Cancer’, at both the University of Greenwich and Maidstone Hospital.

Avril is currently preparing to begin her final year Sports Science (BSc Hons) degree program with the view to progressing to a Physiotherapy Master’s program. Avril is excited to work with the research and development department at Maidstone, to gain an insight into research as a career and a feel for the working life of an allied health professional.

Avril work placement


New PhD student for Prof Swaine

Mr Dan Baddeley-White has begun his PhD studies with Ian, broadly within the topic area of “Clinical Application of Isometric Exercise and Reduced Resting Blood Pressure”.

Dan is a first class honours student in Sport and Exercise Science and completed his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Greenwich – which is housed within Sports Science at Medway.

Dan is the most recent in a long list of PhD students that Ian has supervised (Ian has supervised numerous PhD students through to successful completion of their studies over the last 25 years within Sport and Exercise Science). The University of Greenwich Sports Science team at Medway has formed a strong supervisory team for Dan’s PhD, drawing on the wealth of expertise within the unit.


Integrated Clinical Academic Internship programme launched

The Health Education England/National Institute for Health internship programme for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (2016-17) has been launched. Applications are invited for up to 8 internships, to be based with Prof Swaine at the University of Greenwich at Medway.

The programme is aimed at allied health professionals across the region and is intended to introduce these professionals to clinical research theory and practice. http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/news/articles/2016/a3688-ian-swaine,-science-hee-internship-scheme

Peri-operative Exercise Programme for Elective Abdominal Cancer Surgery Patients Takes Shape


Filming work has begun on the exercise programme needed as part of the National Institute for Health (NIHR) grant-funded project ‘Basic Exercise Training to Enhance Recovery – BETTER (otherwise known as ‘EPOP’). Prof Swaine has had a key role in developing this study and is project manager for it.

The exercise programme is being developed for patients before having abdominal surgery for cancer and after that surgery. It is being developed through a collaboration between Maidstone Hospital and University of Greenwich at Medway. There are additional research team partners from the Universities of Kent, Middlesex, and City University.

The photographs and video footage will be used to help patients to perform the exercises. Patients Malcom and Nobby volunteered to offer their advice in putting the exercise routine together and to feature in the photographs.


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Ian’s former PhD student presents work at European Conference

Dr Maria Konstantaki (pictured) from Bucks New University, who is a former PhD student of Ian’s, is to present her most recent research work at the European College of Sports Science conference in Vienna. http://ecss-congress.eu/2016/16/

Maria’s work is titled “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Pilates-based exercise programme for the reduction of perceived functional disability and pain associated with non-specific, chronic low back pain and is co-authored with Helen Llewellyn from Leeds Beckett University.Maria - Vienna ECSS 2016

Health and Well Being – Prof Swaine presents secrets of a successful grant application

WP_20160628_09_36_44_ProProf Swaine has presented details of his successful grant-bidding activities to an event organised within the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR). The event, hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University on the Universities at Medway campus was organised by Dr David Stephensen (see the photograph of David, with Ian). There were excellent presentations on a number of local research projects involving allied health professionals and keynote presentations from senior allied health professionals from the region.

See the programme here: Health Wellbeing An AHP Perspective PRORAMME 18 05 2016

Phoebe starts work placement

Phoebe started a work placement with Ian on Monday. She is a second-year human physiology student at the University of Leeds and has an interest in how exercise and sports can help with the treatment and recovery of people with medical conditions.

She is looking forward to working in the R&D department of Maidstone hospital and finding out what a career in research involves.

In her free time, Phoebe is an avid rock-climber. She just returned from a two week trip to the Alps, where she spent the majority of her time scaling cliff faces and dangling off ropes.

phoebe climbing

Integrated Clinical Academic Internships Success for Prof Swaine

Prof Swaine has been successful in securing significant funding to host the Health Education England/National Institute for Health Research ‘Integrated Clinical Academic Internship Programme’ for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (2016-17).

The programme aims to encourage individuals within the NHS to pursue a research career, by supporting their participation in this programme. The programme will involve ‘clinical research training’ from academics such as Prof Swaine and ‘clinical research experience’ from a variety of clinicians within the NHS.

Read more about the programme here: https://hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/kent-surrey-sussex/our-work/research-innovation/integrated-clinical-academic-programme-icap

Greenwich – Medway Clinical Research Partnership

Prof Swaine has established a new clinical research partnership with Medway Hospital. The ‘Greenwich – Medway Clinical Research Partnership’ aims to bring together Clinicians from the Hospital and Academics from the Faculty of Engineering and Science. The objectives are to encourage collaborative research work, especially with the intention of applying for grant funding. Also, the Partnership will support student work placements. There will also be a remit to foster translation of clinical invention and innovation by development of medical product prototypes within the Engineering Sciences Department.