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Prof Mike Hurley

Clinical Director, Musculoskeletal Conditions, South London Academic Health Sciences Network
Member of International Steering Committee for CARE (Confirmed)

Mike’s research career started in 1988 at University College London. In 1990 he moved to the Physiotherapy Department, King’s College London, completed a PhD in 1992. He was there as Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Physiotherapy until he moved to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at St George’s University of London in October 2010. Mike has Chaired the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committee; was Clinical Advisor to Arthritis Research UK; advised the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence committee drawing up clinical guidelines for osteoarthritis as well as several other working groups. He has co-authored over 65 original papers, plus book chapters and patient/GP information. His research interest is the development and evaluation of clinically effective complex healthcare interventions designed to improve physical, psycho-social and economic capacity (disability, pain, quality of life, health beliefs, work capacity) of people with chronic joint pain, rheumatic conditions, low back pain, falls in the elderly, dementia, cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome. To achieve this he works closely with healthcare users, clinicians and commissioners to ensure interventions are clinically practicable and facilitate wide clinical implementation.

  • Gaining insights from the ESCAPE-pain rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain
  • Understanding how the ESCAPE-pain programme is reducing healthcare and utilisation costs
  • Integrating educational self-management and coping strategies with an individualised exercise regimen
  • Providing evidence on how the programme reduces pain, improves physical function and the psychosocial consequences of pain

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