Dr  Nick Preston

Dr Nick Preston

Postdoctoral Research Physiotherapist

0113 392 2647

Location: Academic Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, D Floor, Martin Wing, Leeds General Infirmary


I am a postdoctoral physiotherapist with a background in paediatrics in both the acute (Neuro-Development, Musculoskeletal, the Neurological Wards and Acute Respiratory Care (Paediatric ICU, Cardiac ICU, Neonatal Intensive Care) and in the community (schools, homes and clinics). For some years I also maintained clinical skills in adult musculoskeletal and sports injury rehabilitation in a private clinic.

In 2006 I was appointed Research Physiotherapist at the University of Leeds for a study to develop assistive technology for children with cerebral palsy, working within the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Academic Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. I acted as the physiotherapy advisor on movement and rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy, as well as managing the day-to-day aspects of two studies - one testing the assistive technology in homes and one in schools. My responsibilities included obtaining ethics committee and local NHS Trust approval, recruiting children and performing outcome measures, promoting and conducting Public and Patient Involvement meetings in support of the design and construction of the assistive technology, and carrying out statistical analyses. I also published my first paper about our development of a framework to define the functional goals and outcomes of botulinum toxin treatment of spasticity relevant to the child and family living with cerebral palsy using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

I completed my PhD, funded through an NIHR Fellowship, in 2014. This involved the development of a new measure of upper limb activity limitation for children with cerebral palsy (the Children’s Arm Rehabilitation Measure) and the conduct of a pilot randomised controlled trial to investigate the benefits of home-based assistive computer gaming technology on upper limb arm activity limitation of children with cerebral palsy.

I am keen to involve Allied Health Professionals and other health care professionals in research and to support and supervise them in their postgraduate studies e.g. MScs and PhDs.