Prof. Louise Connell

Prof. Louise Connell

Professor of Allied Health Neuro-rehabilitation and Stroke

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB128

+44 (0) 1772 89 5119

Subject Areas: Health, Physiotherapy

Professor Louise Connell is a physiotherapist and clinician-scientist. Her current research focuses specifically on implementation research for intensive rehabilitation after stroke. 

Louise is research active within the area of Rehabilitation Sciences and is a member of the Allied Health Research Unit.

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Professor Connell has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and has been highly cited (H-index of 22). She has been awarded fellowship status by the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology for advancing the specialty of neurological physiotherapy. She is a former National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow. She is a member of several research funding panels and regularly presents nationally and internationally on stroke rehabilitation and implementation research.

Louise is the first Allied Health Professions Professor in Neurorehabilitation and Stroke, a joint venture between East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) and the School of Sport and Health Sciences at UCLan.   Her new post is an innovative academic-clinical partnership, with a focus on developing and implementing a strategy for research within clinical practice in neurorehabilitation and stroke. Find out more in the ELHT newsletter.


  • NIHR Leadership Programme 2013-2014
  • Professional Certificate in Knowledge Translation, University of Toronto, 2013
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Nottingham 2010  
  • PhD titled “Sensory Impairment and Recovery after Stroke”, University of Nottingham 2002- 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 2:1. University of Nottingham 1998-2001


Bird, Marie-Louise, Miller, Tiev, Connell, Louise and Eng, Janice (2019) Moving stroke rehabilitation evidence into practice; a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Clinical Rehabilitation . ISSN 0269-2155

Connell, Louise, McMahon, Naoimh  , Simpson, Lisa A and Watkins, Caroline Leigh (2014) Investigating measures of intensity during a structured upper limb exercise programme in stroke rehabilitation: An exploratory study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (12). pp. 2410-2419.

Connell, Louise, Mcmahon, Naoimh, Chesworth, Brigit, Harris, JJ, Watkins, Caroline Leigh and Eng, JJ (2014) Exploring implementation fidelity of an evidence-based stroke rehabilitation intervention: A qualitative interview study. In: The 8th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation, 8 - 12 April 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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External Activities

Member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship Panel

Panel member for NIHR, Research for Patient Benefit Programme (North West region)

Reviewer for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

Member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment College of Experts

Reviewer for German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding programme for systematic reviews

Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scientific Panel 2014- present

Reviewer for Physiotherapy Research Foundation, The Stroke Association, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Member of the Guideline Methodology Group for the RCP National clinical guideline for stroke 2016.


  • CSP Member: 65084
  • HCPC Registration: PH. 60468   
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of Association for Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (awarded 2016)

Member of clinical interest groups:

  • Society for Research in Rehabilitation,Association for Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology