Dr Helen Hawley BA. MA. PhD

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Helen Hawley-Hague obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011, her work focused on older adults’ uptake and adherence to exercise classes and the role of the exercise instructor. She has worked both in Public Health and in research looking at falls and fracture identification and prevention and exercise pathways for over 18 years. She was awarded the MRC Centenary Award in 2012 and looked at the delivery of evidence based strength and balance exercise programmes in practice.  She was Research Associate and Communication and Dissemination Manager for the FARSEEING project looking at behaviour change, attitudes towards technology and advising on the design of technology so as to encourage older people’s engagement with it. She was the Scientific Coordinator for ProFouND- The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination and a Co-Applicant on PreventIT (an EC funded project looking at smartphone and smart watches and the prevention of functional decline).

She has recently completed an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship leading the Together trial (focused on smartphone technology and delivery of evidence based strength and balance for falls prevention within health services).  During the COVID 19 Pandemic she led a commissioned UK wide evaluation for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on the delivery of remote physiotherapy.  She is currently principle investigator for Manchester for the Active, Connected and Engaged (ACE) Trial which is looking at how active older adults can support inactive older adults to engage with their communities and improve their function. Co-Investigator on the FLEXI project looking at implemetation of the Falls Management Programme (FaME) into practice and also works on the Standing Taller implementation project (balance app). She has a particular interest in how we improve uptake and adherence to  rehabilitation, strength and balance exercises and more general physical activity and technologies role in supporting this.

She is Senior Lecturer within her division, a member of the Healthy Ageing Group and Deputy for the Digital Health and Social Care Research Group. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Unit lead for the MClinRes dissertation and Senior Post Graduate Research Tutor.