CMSUK Research Committee

Posted 19th December 2016

Every year the Board of Directors convene to review the CMSUK’s vision, objectives and strategy, setting our objectives and making plans to advance the CMSUK and Case Management. At the beginning of 2015, we recognised that with the considerable undertakings and achievements of the ‘Standards, Research and Education Committee’ such as their work on the Educational Pathway, a new committee was required to focus on and advance our objectives in the area of research.

So in 2015 a new dedicated ‘Research Committee’ was formed, chaired by board member Joel Booth. Comprising of 6 members, we are in the early stages of working towards our objectives:

  1. To encourage, promote and facilitate research within the field of case management.
  2. To facilitate the implementation of research findings and evidence-based-practice at all levels.
  3. To lead the development of the empirical research base for case management.

Collectively our committee have broad research experience and backgrounds, have been actively undertaking and publishing research as part of Masters and PhD programmes and have a wide variety of research interests and specialities.

How can we help you?

We would like to support our members to actively undertake research, actively promote good practices and be able to use research to inform evidence-based practice.

The research committee can assist you in a number ways, for example:

  • Discuss research ideas/designs and provide guidance and signposting
  • Support with ideas and guidance to publish research, case studies or other good practice articles
  • To be a general sounding board on research initiatives

If you would like to contact the Research Committee, please email

Meet the Research Committee

Joel Booth is a Physiotherapist and Case Manager by background. Joel has recently completed a Masters degree in Health Ergonomics undertaking a qualitative study examining practitioner perspectives of effort in functional capacity evaluations. This research has generated much interest within the FCE community in the UK and overseas and he has been given the opportunity to present his research internationally. Joel’s research interests are within the fields of case management and occupational / vocational rehabilitation. 

Sue Ford is a Nurse by background, qualified in both adult and children’s nursing.  Her first degree was in Psychology undertaking a quantitative dissertation working as part of a wider team researching vision.  Having subsequently moved into nurse education, her Masters degree research at the University of Sheffield was a comparative case study investigating Lecturer/Practitioner roles in both medicine and nursing.  Following this she went on to be a research assistant in a regionally funded research project looking at lecturer practitioner roles in nursing.  More recently Sue has worked for several years in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and acted as supervisor for a variety of undergraduate nursing dissertations, as well as being involved at a management level with a wide range of researchers and research projects.

Dr Dee Burrows is an Independent Consultant Nurse in Chronic Pain Management and also practises in the NHS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Chronic Pain in South Devon.  She is an Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University involved in the Primary Care Pain Management curriculum, the MSc in Pain and the website.  Dee is Secretary of the Primary & Community Care Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Pain Society and a Committee member of the Pain Management Programmes and Information, Communication & Technology SIGS. Dee has particular interests in pain coping strategies in chronic pain management, the impact of pain upon family carers and the practical management of pain in the workplace.  She has recently been involved in up-dating the national PMP Directory, exploring  protocols for the management of problematic / complex pain and in co-authoring standards for nursing practice in pain. 

Dr. Devdeep Ahuja is a case manager, researcher and a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 12 years experience. His PhD focussed on determinants influencing rehabilitation adherence. Devdeep's research interests lie in mixed methods, systematic reviewing, shoulder rehabilitation and case management outcomes. Devdeep also runs training programs on research and clinical topics in UK and India. Devdeep is a member of editorial team of International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and an international editor for Physiotimes magazine. Devdeep is also a member of executive committee of Physiotherapy Research Society.

Richard Sutton is an experienced health and social care senior manager. Formerly a district nurse, Richard has worked in both acute and community settings, with considerable experience of developing models of case management in a number of health and care disciplines. Richard has a specialist background in managing complex needs, person-centred planning and in collaborative and cross organisational working. As a senior manager of diverse community health and care services, Richard has first-hand experience of innovating new ways of working, engaging with commissioners and empowering individuals and families to lead on their own care packages. Richard has active involvement and working knowledge of action research programmes particularly in the field of individual budgets, integrated commissioning and peer support.

Joel Booth
CMSUK Director & Chair CMSUK Research Committee
Head of Clinical Services for Overland Health

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