Kay Cooper is Clinical Professor of Allied Health Professions, an innovative position jointly funded by RGU’s School of Health Sciences and NHS Grampian, with a remit to develop research capacity and capability across the Allied Health Professions and to facilitate clinical academic partnerships.
A physiotherapist with a passion for ensuring patients receive care based on the best available evidence, Professor Cooper’s research focuses on supporting people to live well with long-term conditions, often by harnessing one of the most powerful, accessible and free “interventions” in the healthcare arena – being physically active.
Professor Cooper will explore self-management of long-term musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, now the world’s leading cause of disability.
Drawing on her own and others research in the field, her lecture will consider issues including the role of “self” in self-management, the power of physical activity and what prevents many of us from using such a powerful tool for managing (and preventing) long-term health conditions.
The lecture will present the case for personalised self-management, where people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions are supported in a manner appropriate to their individual needs in order to live well. It will consider why there are still improvements to be made in this field and how research and practice might consider doing things differently to advance this increasingly important area of healthcare.