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Helen Allen

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Helen joined Exeter University in November 2013. She is currently evaluating an innovative care model to enhance recovery of patients admitted to hospital with acute medical illness, at Torbay Hospital (South Devon NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust). Funded by the Torbay Medical Research Fund.



Registered as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of East Anglia

MSc Information Technology, Loughborough University

BSc (Hons) Human Biological Sciences, Loughborough University


Helen is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 20 years’ professional clinical experience across the NHS, private healthcare and elite sport, including senior management roles, professional lead responsibility (for NHS Devon) and education and training experience (design and delivery).

Research interests

Helen's principle research interests lie in health service research, in particular evaluating complex healthcare interventions.


Research projects

PhD Title: Enhanced Recovery in Acute Medicine: A realist Evaluation.

Supervisors: Professor Andi Smart and Associate Professor Rob Anderson.