Dr Deborah Antcliff

Dr Deborah Antcliff


I joined the University of Leeds as a Visiting NIHR Fellow in June 2016 on the award of a Health Education England/National Institute for Health Research Integrated Clinical Academic (HEE/NIHR ICA) Clinical Lectureship.

This award is joint hosted by the University of Leeds and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. I was awarded my PhD in 2014 at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester.

Research interests

My research interests align with my clinical background as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner with a specialism in the management of persistent pain/fatigue (including chronic low back pain, chronic widespread pain/fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis). I am interested in bio-psychosocial approaches for the management of the complex symptoms that present with long-term conditions/somatic symptom disorders; together with the underpinning health behaviours/health psychology.

My HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship involves the development of an activity pacing framework for the management of persistent pain/fatigue. Activity pacing is a method of activity modification with the aim of undertaking meaningful activities while preventing a flare-up of symptoms. The activity pacing framework aims to provide a clinical guide for healthcare professionals to instruct activity pacing as a standardised and evidence-based strategy for patients.

Research methods that I have implemented include feasibility/acceptability testing of a complex intervention, consensus methods (Delphi technique and Nominal group technique), cross-sectional questionnaire design studies, qualitative interviewing and online surveying. I have been involved in scale development and scale validation using factor analysis and reliability testing.


  • PGCert(Distinction) Health Psychology, University of Staffordshire (2017)
  • PhD, University of Manchester (2014)
  • BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy, University of Manchester (2002)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Research groups and institutes

  • Long-term conditions