Sarah Lamb - Curriculum Vitae#

Academic Qualifications
  • DPhil (Medicine) 1997 - University of Oxford.
  • MSc (Disc). (Rehabilitation) 1991 University of Southampton
  • MA Arts 2008, University of Oxford
  • Post graduate certificate in Statistics 2005, University of Sheffield
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy 1986 (Merit) - Salford School of Physiotherapy


236 peer reviewed journal articles, monographs, government green papers and 3 book chapters.

20 primary research reports in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Medical Association or British Medical Journal. These include definitive trials demonstrating the effect of physiotherapy alongside or in comparison to other forms of medical care. Also clinical trials in other areas of related health care practice (e.g trauma surgery and critical care).

Invitations for editorial comment

In the British Medical Journal and Lancet.

Developing impact and ensuring implementation

Two case studies following successful intervention development and clinical trials. [1]Cognitive behavioural therapy in Low Back Pain. Effective and highly cost-effective and now recommended in international guidelines. [2] Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand, now recommended in international guidelines. Both have won national awards and we have implemented them in over 164 National Health Service Hospitals (> 70% of all NHS Trusts), alongside a variety of open access training programmes reaching to physiotherapists and health care professionals all over the world (circa 4000 therapists in a three year period).

Lamb has led a European group (under FP 7 funding) to develop harmonised methods of outcome measurement and intervention description. Senior author of Cochrane Reviews of Fall prevention, and participant in a variety of international guideline groups and complex intervention methdology panels.

Research Grant income

Sustained track record in attracting grant income. New grants from 2013:
  • Clinical and cost effectiveness of progressive exercise compared to best practice advice, with or without corticosteroid injection, for the treatment of rotator cuff disorders. NIHR HTA 2016-2020 £1,228,381
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery Necessity in Non Acute patients NIHR HTA 2016 – 2020 £1,148,611
  • UK Study of tendo Achilles Rehabilitation multicentre randomised clinical trial NIHR HTA 2016-2019 £1,026,890
  • Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care NIHR Oxford 2014-2016 £9,000.000 (£1,452.081) *Better Outcomes for Older People with Spinal Trouble NIHR Programme Grants 2014-2017 £1,999,934.00
  • United Kingdom Frozen Shoulder Trial NIHR HTA 2014-2019 £1,706,599
  • Community based rehabilitation after knee Arthroplasty University of Oxford. NIHR HTA 01/04/13 – 51 months £1,482,960
  • Exercise to prevent shoulder conditions in patients undergoing breast cancer treatment: NIHR HTA 2014-2018 £1,562.020
  • Randomised placebo controlled trial of adrenaline for out of hospital cardiac arrest NIHR HTA 2014 £2,751,277
  • Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Osteoporotic Vertebral fracture trial NIHR HTA 2013-2016 £1,272,201
  • 'Locking' plate fixation vs intramedullary nail fixation in displaced fracture of the distal tibia. NIHR HTA 2013-2017 £1,202,245
  • Biomedical Research Centre, University of Oxford - £123 million - 2015 - 2020.

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