Physiotherapy research society annual conference

The PRS Annual Conference is the main activity organized by the Society.  Below is a summary of what you can expect, along with a brief overview of recent conferences and our plans for this year.

Each year, the Society organises a scientific conference, usually in the late Spring. The Society aims to hold the meetings in different locations throughout the UK -  the location is determined by the whereabouts of volunteers from the organising committee!

The meetings disseminate physiotherapy research and highlight topics relevant to physiotherapy research. They are designed to encompass a range of experience from the most experienced leaders in a field to those new to research. The Society welcomes new researchers such as those who have recently completed Undergraduate or Masters research projects and who would wish to present their research work.

2017 PRS Conference comes to Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes

'Complex Patients, Complex Research, Complex Careers'

The 2017 Annual PRS Conference will be organised at Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes on 27th April 2017. 

2016 Conference at the University of Leicester

Improving Quality-of-Life for People with Chronic Conditions 

Date and place: Saturday, 16th April 2016

The theme of the conference will focus on how healthcare professionals can help to improve the quality of life for individuals with chronic conditions across the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological and pain spectrum.

The conference will be multidisciplinary in nature and open to all health care professionals. The conference will feature keynote lectures as well as free papers.

There will be a workshop the day before the conference, on April 15th, 4.30-6.30 pm on the topic of pain, focussing on physiology and management with mirror therapy.

The conference dinner will take place at College Court where accommodation can also be booked. Details on registration fees will be available on the 16th November when registration opens.

Call for papers:

The PRS invites original, unpublished research projects for oral or poster presentations. All health professions are strongly encouraged to submit their research. We invite research relating to, but not restricted to, the topic Improving Quality-of-Life for People with Chronic Conditions. We especially encourage research projects that are interdisciplinary in nature, and/or linking research and practice. The abstracts of no more than 350 words plus up to two references should cover background, methods, results and discussion in an unstructured research summary.

Research protocols that are funded and/or registered detailing background and purpose, methods, and projected implications are also welcome. Examples and the preferred reference style can be found on the Research summaries examples sheet. The deadline for submission is the 16th January. Submitters will be notified by the 16th February whether their abstracts have been selected and in which form, for poster or oral presentation.

Through the PRS’ association with the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (IJTR) the accepted abstracts will be considered for publication in a research summary form, subject to authors’ permission and ITJR editorial board approval.

For any queries regarding the abstracts please contact Dr Liba Sheeran

Please follow this link for information and registration and submit your abstract here

2015 Conference at the University of Leicester

Bridging Gaps in Research –  between areas, professions and theory and practice


Date and place: Friday 24th April 2015,

Bennett Building,University of Leicester

Keynote lectures and symposia will explore:
·         Research crossing traditional borders
·         The impact of research upon clinical practice
·         Recently conducted research from all areas relevant for physiotherapists
Keynote speakers include:
Professor Sally Singh (Head and Professor of the Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science, Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Visiting Professor of Loughborough University)
“The Impact of Research upon Clinical Practice – Implementations in Leicester”

The conference fee will be £60 for members of the PRS, £75 for non-members of the PRS, and £35 for students.

Booking: Either:
  1. Complete the attached PRS Conference Booking Form and send to address below
  2. OR Complete the online booking form

Booking form & Cheques to be sent to: Dr Toby Smith, Queen's Building, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ


Any enquiries please contact:

Annegret Hagenberg


2014 Conference at the University of East Anglia

The 2014 conference took place on Wednesday 14th May in Norwich and was a great success.

Key note lecturers were Professors Val Pomeroy, Cath Sackley and Fiona Poland.

  • Professor Pomeroy presented on "Stratified rehabilitation for motor recovery following stroke" showing how evidence has developed in stroke rehabilitation and how close we are to developing guidelineson what works best for which stroke survivors. A really inspiring presentation.
  • Professor Cath Sackley presented on recent research into the effectivenessof physio and OT for Parkinson's Disease. There trial demonstrated that the interventions used were not effective and this lead to some thought-provoking discussion on "what next?" 
  • Professor Fiona Poland presented on the role and the importance of Public and Patient Involvement in research. This explained key principles and how to engage people meaningfully in all the different elements of the research process.

Two prizes were awarded at this year's conference.

  • Rachel Dance won the prize for best oral presentation, sponsored by Digitimer for her presentation on UK AHP students awareness of the early warning signs of stroke.
  • Raee Alqhtani won the prize for the best poster presentation, sponsored by the Physiotherapy Research Society for his poster on hip and lumbar movement.

Archive of previous conferences

The Key Note presentations from our conferences in Sheffield and Keele are provided below. Many thanks to the presenters for sharing these through our webpage.

Abstracts from the Cardiff 2013 conference are available here.

Abstracts from the 2012 Sheffield conference are available here

Abstracts from the 2011 Keele conference are available here .

Abstracts from the Teeside 2010 conference are available here.

Details of Glasgow meeting in 2009 (including abstracts for work presented) are available here

Abstracts from the Manchester meeting in 2008 are available here.

Read the proceedings and the report from the Spring (Cardiff) 2007 conference.

The abstracts from the Oxford 2007 meeting are available here.