Katie Castle

Research Physiotherapist

Core team

katie.castle@solent.nhs.uk

My role

I am a research physiotherapist within the research delivery team

My responsibilities

I support the running of research studies in Solent.  I help to offer adults the opportunity to be part of a research study particularly for people with a neurological background including Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke.   I coordinate training for the research delivery team and the wider Research and Improvement training programme, to encourage people to develop skills for running research in Solent NHS Trust.

My background

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 and I have been fortunate to have worked across London, the South coast and also in the Midlands.  I have a varied background in the NHS and independent sectors, in large acute trusts and also in the community.  I completed an MSc in 2010 and I joined Solent research team in 2014.  

Why I love my job

I enjoy the variety of my job from being able to treat a person in their own home through to our clinical environments, as well as working alongside many different types of services.  I am passionate about championing the role of physiotherapy in a research environment.

More about me

When I’m not in work, I typically spend time running and cycling and planning my next travelling experience!

Current projects/research studies

Predicting Language Outcome & Recovery after Stroke- recruiting

Vision in Parkinson's Disease - recruiting

Parkinsons Families Project - recruiting

Carriage rates and antibiotic resistance of bacteria in a community- recruited completed

Intrathecal Baclofen Study- recruitment completed

MS Register- awaiting set-up

Published work

A Feasibility Study monitoring the respiratory status of participants receiving or scheduled to receive Intrathecal Baclofen- 2018 awaiting publication

The experience of people with Fascioscapulohumeral Muscular Dytrophy in Hydrotherapy – MSc Project