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Bournemouth University Appoints Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

I am currently the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University and I am completing my tenure as a Non-Executive Director at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. I originally trained as a bioengineer [Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow] and have a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, measurement and applied clinical research. I then completed a five years postdoctoral training period at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies [CREST] at Newcaste upon Tyne (with Profs Garth Johnson and Mike Barnes).Prior to joining Bournemouth University, I worked at Keele University as Professor for Rehabilitation Technology and was responsible for transforming a single profession School of Physiotherapy into the School of Allied Health Professions. My primary research interests are in the development of technological solutions to alleviate the challenges faced by people with severe levels of activity limitations following a neurological injury (and I am recognised for my work on spasticity and electrical stimulation). More recently we have been working on developing clinical decision making algorithms and also exploring the digital barriers to accessing health and social care.

I see the Faculty of Health and Social Sci at Bournemouth University being an anchor partner to our local health and social care organisations. My colleagues are well networked and I am now looking at strengthening existing local partnerships and, hopefully, facilitating the growth of many more.

I have long standing links with local researchers, in particular Medical Physics in Salisbury, Bournemouth University and Southampton University (see below for a sample of the work)

With Dr Dawn-Marie (Southamton Univ) Fletcher-Smith JC, Walker DM, Allat K, Sprigg N, James M, Ratib S, Boadu J, Richardson C, Pandyan AD (2019) The ESCAPS study: a feasibility randomized controlled trial of early electrical stimulation to the wrist extensors and flexors to prevent post-stroke complications of pain and contractures in the paretic arm. Clinical Rehabilitation (

With Professor Ian Swain (Salisbury Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Bournemouth University) Farmer SE, Durairaj V, Swain I, Pandyan AD (2014) Assistive Technologies: Can They Contribute to Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb After Stroke? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 95 (5) 968 - 985.

With Professor Jo Adams, Dr Metcalfe and colleagues Adams, J.A., Ryall, C., Pandyan, A., Bradley, S., Metcalf, C.D., Stokes, M. Warwick, D.J. (2012) Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Replacement in Patients with Arthritis of the Hand: A Meta-Analysis. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 94-B (10), 1305 - 1312.

With Prof Jane Burridge (Southampton Uni ) Pandyan AD, Gregoric M, Barnes MP, Wood D, van Wijck F, Burridge J, Hermens H, Johnson GR 2005 Spasticity: Clinical perceptions, neurological realities and meaningful measurement. Disability and Rehabilitation, 27 (1/2), 2 – 6.

With Dr Duncan Wood Salisbury DGH) and colleagues Wood D, Burridge J, van Wijck F, McFadden C, Hitchcock R, Pandyan A, Haugh A, Salazar-Torres J, Swain I 2005 Biomechanical approaches applied to the lower and upper limb for the measurement of spasticity: a systematic review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation, 27 (1/2), 19 - 32.


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