Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson


I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist currently undertaking a Health Education England (HEE) / National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. My PhD project is focused on developing a new website called the ‘Virtual Knee School’. The Virtual Knee School provides pre-operative education and a prehabilitation exercise programme for patients waiting for total knee replacement surgery. Its aim is to help patients prepare for surgery and improve their recovery after surgery.

After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University in 2013, I worked as a clinical physiotherapist in a diverse range of settings. Contributing to systematic reviews and undertaking a HEE Internship gave me a greater understanding of the vital role research plays in improving patient care. This encouraged me to pursue my research interests further. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate in the School of Healthcare on a feasibility study investigating peer mentorship to support self-management amongst people with hip or knee osteoarthritis.

I am currently the postgraduate researcher representative on the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) Equality, Inclusion, Athena SWAN and Wellbeing at Work Committee.

Research interests

My research interests include developing accessible and inclusive digital tools to provide education and self-management support for people with musculoskeletal conditions. I am also interested in improving accessibility and inclusion in health research more broadly.

My methodological interests include mixed methods research and evidence synthesis.


  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BA (Hons) Preclinical Veterinary Medicine

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine