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Recruiting for Research

The MACP is committed to encouraging post-graduate education and research. The Association is keen to facilitate research in the musculoskeletal arena and consequently is willing to consider applications to access the membership with research questions. This is for MACP members, Associate members or Affiliate members only.

In order that the MACP is only involved in research conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice & Research Governance guidelines, and in order that the members are not inundated with requests the MACP has instigated a process by which applications are considered.

Researchers can apply to:

  • Recruit members via the MACP twitter account and other Social Media channels (currently Facebook and Instagram). 
  • Post an invitation on the Research pages of the MACP website to members to participate in their research study. 
  • Post an invitation and a link or a URL on the MACP website to recruit members to participate in online surveys.

All requests to recruit members are made through the Research Officer using the appropriate application form (click here).

Please complete the document electronically and enclose copies of the documentation requested. Once your application has been received it will be considered by the MACP Research Officer and the Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committee and a decision conveyed to you as soon possible. Please ensure that you leave adequate time for this review process when planning your research as the MACP can not guarantee to complete reviews within specific timescales.

Applicants must provide evidence of a 'favourable opinion' from the National Research Ethics Service or from a University Ethics Committee. For researchers wishing to access members working for the NHS, a favourable opinion from NRES, or documentation from NRES stating that the study does not need consideration, is required.

Here are some of the studies that are/have been supported in 2023, 2022 and 2021 :

  • February 2024 - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist’s use of attentional focus: An online survey of United Kingdom (UK) Physiotherapy practice during lower limb rehabilitation. - University of Herfordshire
  • December 2023 - Physiotherapists' input needed for a survey on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - University of Hertfordshire
  • September 2023 - Primary Care Clinicians needed for Focus groups on managing persisten backpain - University of Southampton
  • July 2023 - Calling all UK physios - share your perspectives on using Fit Notes in practice - positive, negative or indifferent!
  • June 2023 - Calling all UK based HCPC registered physiotherapists to participate in the following study: “Strength exercise prescription parameters in adult individuals with musculoskeletal dysfunction: an on-line survey of current United Kingdom based physiotherapy practice
  • May 2023 -Assessing return to running readiness: an online-survey of current United Kingdom physiotherapy practice in postpartum patients.
    A survey of UK NHS physiotherapy practice regarding ACL reconstruction (ACLR) or non-operative management.
    Link to survey -
    Paul Minty and Dr David Keene
    Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • January 2023 - The conservative management, rehabilitation and evaluation strategies used in stage 1 SL injuries in UK clinical practice.
    Martin Holmes, Uni of Birmingham
  • November 2022 - A survey of UK Physiotherapists regarding the management of patients with suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome
    Rob Tyer, University of Sunderland
  • August 2022 - an e-survey which aims to understand current rehabilitation practice for patients aged 50 and over with any distal fracture of the radius.  We are a group of clinical academics working with Professor Stephen Gwilym and David Keene at NDORMS in Oxford who are working on a programme of research aiming to optimise outcomes after wrist fracture.
    James Lindley - First Year MBChB student, Keele University Medical School
  • July 2022 - Are you an experienced physiotherapist who treats foot and ankle problems? If so, please consider taking part in our Focus Group Study exploring practice in Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction #PTTD. Email for more details:
  • June 2022 - Late-stage rehabilitation and return to sports for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACL-R) in the NHS: A Physiotherapy Survey - Sarah Jones, University of Birmingham
  • June 2022 - Current scope of practice of First-Contact Practitioners and their management of persistent Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain  - A Barker, University of Hertfordshire
  • May 2022 - A qualitative research study to investigate the practices and techniques that musculoskeletal physiotherapists use to manage the risk of cauda equina syndrome in their lower back pain/and or sciatica patients. The study will also seek to investigate the underlying experiences and beliefs which inform the practices.
  • May 2022 - SCJ Survey participation request - The assessment and management of patients with atraumatic sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) instability: an online survey of current United Kingdom (UK) physiotherapy practice.
  • May 2022 - Physiotherapists working in orthopaedic foot and ankle clinics: A UK-wide survey investigating the role and scope of practice: Physiotherapists working in orthopaedic foot and ankle clinics: A UK-wide survey investigating the role and scope of practice ( 
  • April 2022 - RA-UK are running a priority setting partnership, looking to establish the top research priorities in regional anaesthesia. The link below will take you to an online survey where you can submit up to 3 ideas on what you think should be researched.  Your ideas will be vital and are much appreciated!
  • March 2022 - Opportunity to contribute to exciting research study! RA-UK is excited to launch a priority setting partnership seeking to identify the 10 most important research questions in regional anaesthesia. To contribute please click on the link below.
  • March 2022 - Identifying the top 10 research priorities relating to problematic hip replacements and redo, or revision surgery - Rebecca Kearney - Problematic Hip Replacement Priority Setting Partnership, James Lind Alliance
  • March 2022 - Management of patellar tendinopathy: An online survey of current physiotherapy practice in the UK - Michael Ewang (main researcher) & Andrea Moulson (research supervisor) - Uni of Hertfordshire
  • February 2022 - Understanding cervical spine radiculopathy assessment practices by UK Physiotherapists - Dr Michael Mansfield - UEA, PhD
  • January 2022 - post operative rehabilitation following anterior shoulder instability, for British Elbow and Shoulder Sociaty
  • February 2022 - Understanding cervical spine radiculopathy assessment practices by UK Physiotherapists 
  • December 2021 - MMU survey - CSP funded UK survey investigating the experiences of physiotherapists in relation to litigation
  • November 2021 - Do you facilitate (paid or unpaid) people living with Osteoarthritis to manage their physical activity goals? Would you like to help develop a physical activity tool that assists people living with Osteoarthritis to maintain, adapt and plan their physical activity? For more information, please contact Zoe Silsbury (
  • November 2021 - Achilles Tendinopathy survey by Dr Alex Scott, University of British Columbia 
  • July 2021. Imperial College London are trying to define the diagnostic pathway of suspected ACL injury in areas of MSK health, such as: NHS trusts, private clinics and elite sports. If you or your workplace are interested in contributing, please click the following link for more information.  Click here email contact:
  • June 2021. Are you a UK based physiotherapist who assesses & manages persistent LBP? Please complete this survey - "ideal/model" answers can be obtained to cross-reference your knowledge so perfect for CPD & portfolios for FCPs and APPs. This survey is simple to complete and should take about 15 minutes:
    Dr Mindy Cairns
  • June 2021. Please consider supporting this focus group study - Co-design and acceptability of a physical activity intervention for people with Osteoarthritis. Link to the Information sheet here. . 
  • Are you an MSK physio working in the UK?  Are you interested in helping us explore how we delegate tasks to physiotherapy assistants/techs/support workers?  Then please complete our survey, it takes approximately 15 minutes to do so.  Access our survey on
  • Take part in the @BritPACT #PsoriaticArthritis (PsA) priority setting partnership survey with @LindAlliance to help identify the top 10 unanswered questions you want PsA #research to address: #PrioritisingPsA  
  •  Calling Physios’s who make fitness for work decisions as part of their role.. Help with research in Occupational Health and receive
  • 2 x FREE CPD Opportunities
  • #ThePredictorSurvey USE THIS LINK: 
  • Are you a UK-based physio normally working in an MSK setting? If so, please spare a few mins to help Emma with her MSc project. Findings will help establish how physios assess & manage breathing dysfunction in patients with MSK complaints. See:
  • Delphi-consensus survey  for UK-based physiotherapists and manual therapists managing patients with chronic low back pain survey 

Dr Colette Ridehalgh
MACP Research Officer