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Dr Fiona Jones

Reader in Rehabilitation, School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education , St George's University, London, and Kingston University.

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Fiona Jones is a qualified physiotherapist, having specialised in neuro-rehabilitation for over 25 years. She completed her PhD, which examined factors enabling activity and participation following stroke, in 2005. Since then her research concerning self-management in the long-term following a stroke has led to the development of stroke self-management training for therapists - a programme which is being used in hospitals across the UK. This pioneering work was recognised by the Stroke Association's "Excellence in Stroke Care" award in 2009. 

Fiona is currently the programme leader for the MSc in Rehabilitation course at St George's University, London and Kingston University.

She now leads a project which is working to establish a programme of research and practice development in this area with a team of national experts in stroke rehabilitation including stroke survivors and their carers. 

Fiona has given presentations at the World Congress of Physical Therapists (Vancouver, June 2007) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Congress (2005, 2004, 2003) and other national clinical interest groups for physiotherapists. She has also presented her research findings internationally at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Stockholm, and the Arab Association of Physiotherapists conference in Jordan.

Since April 2006 she has been editor of Physiotherapy Research International journal and was previously associate editor (2001–2005). In the last three years she has published in Disability and Rehabilitation and Age and Ageing on self-efficacy, self-management and stroke.   



Year gained Subject
2005 PhD, University of Brighton - Factors influencing the resumption of activity and participation following stroke.
1998 PG Cert Ed - University of Brighton.
1997 MSc - Clinical Neuroscience, University of Surrey.
1983 Diploma in Physiotherapy, West Middlesex Hospital.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2002 - 2007 Senior Lecturer (Neurology) St George's University of London & Kingston University.
1997 - 2002 Senior Lecturer (Neurology) University of Brighton.
1994 - 1997 Senior 1 Physiotherapist, Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, Merton and Sutton PCT.
1991 - 1994 Senior 1 Physiotherapist, Atkinson Morley's Regional Neuroscience Unit.
1987 - 1991 Senior 2 Physiotherapist (1 year) and Senior 1 Physiotherapist (3 years), Wolfson Neuro-rehabilitation Centre.
1986 - 1987 Senior 2 Physiotherapist Royal Hospital and Home for Neurodisability, Putney.
1983 - 1986 Junior Physiotherapist, Kings College Hospital.


Journal articles

Jones F, Riazi A (2010) Systematic review of self-efficacy and stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation, early on-line edition: pp 1-14.

Jones F, Riazi A (2010) Self-efficacy and Self-management Research: what is the relevance to stroke? Stroke Matters.

Jones F, Jackson T (2010) UK Stroke Forum: main message from preconference. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 17: 4: 110-111.

Jones F, Lennon S (2009) A new stroke self-management programme: preliminary analysis of training for practitioners. International Journal of Stroke. 4:s2: 23.

Jones F, Mandy A, Partridge C. (2009) Changing self-efficacy in individuals following first stroke: preliminary study of a novel self-management intervention.. 23: 6: 522-533.

Garrod R. Marshall J. Jones F (2008) Self-efficacy and goal attainment after pulmonary rehabilitation. International Journal of COPD. 3. 4. 1-6.

Jones F (2008). Stepping Out: A programme focusing on self-management after stroke. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 15(12): 540-541.

Jones F, Reid F, Partridge C. (2008)The Stroke Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (SSEQ): A new method of measuring individual confidence in functional performance after stroke. Journal of Clinical Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Disease. 17: 7b: 244-252.

Jones F, Mandy A, Partridge, C. (2008) Reasons for recovery after stroke: a perspective based on personal experiences. Disability and Rehabilitation.30: 7: 507-516.

Jones F.(2007) Physiotherapy after stroke: best decisions based on best evidence. New Generalist Journal.

Jones F (2006) Strategies to enhance chronic disease self-management: how can we apply this to stroke? Disability and Rehabilitation 28: 841-847.

Jones F (2005) An individual approach to stroke recovery. Physiotherapy Research International. 9.3. 147-148.

Simpson J, Jones F (2004) Physical or psychological change: which is the most important outcome. Age and Ageing 33: 204-205.

Jones F, Empson R. (2000) The development of a community stroke rehabilitation team. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 7: 266-271.

Jones F, Mandy A, Partridge C. (2000) Who's in control after a stroke? Do we disempower our patients? Physiotherapy Research International 5: 249-253.

Jones F. (1998) The accuracy of predicting functional recovery in patients following a stroke by physiotherapists and patients. Physiotherapy Research International 3, 4, 244-256.


Book chapters:

Jones F Self-management. Neurological Physiotherapy. 2nd Edition. Editor Stokes M. Stack E. Elsevier. London. In press.

Jones F Continuity of Care.(2008) Chapter in Pocket Book of Neurological Physiotherapy. Editor Lennon S and Stokes M. London.

Haas B; Jones F. (2004) Physical activity and exercise in neurological rehabilitation. Neurological Physiotherapy. Editor Stokes M. Elsevier London. 489-499.

Jones F (2002) Longer term management in the community (stroke). Neurological Physiotherapy: Basis of Evidence for Practice. Editor : Partridge C: Whurr.London.43-57.

Conference Highlights

Fiona is a seasoned conference presenter and invited speaker and has talked about her work both nationally and on the international circuit.

Professional Body Membership

Fiona is a member of the following committees:

Faculty Research Committee (SGUL & KU).

Faculty Research Degrees Committee (SGUL & KU).

Taught Post Graduate Committee (SGUL).

Member of the Council for Gerontology and Geriatrics. Royal Society of Medicine (only non-medic).

Member of the UK Stroke Forum Steering committee and scientific committee.

Founder member of International Neuroscience Physical Therapy Association.

Member of the International Physiotherapy Journal Editors Group.

Member of the Allied Health Profession/ Stroke working party for NHS London.

Member of Pan London Cardiac and Stroke Network Board.

Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.  

Academic Accolades

Dr Jones gained the Stroke Association's Excellence in Stoke Care Award in 2009, for her pioneering work with both physiotherapists and stroke patients.



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