Dr Carole Paley

Dr Carole Paley


I originally studied Leisure Studies and then Sports and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in both Leeds and Sheffield and obtained an M.Med Sci from Sheffield University. Following a period of working in sports coaching development and lecturing in sports science and biomechanics, I studied to become a Physiotherapist, qualifying in 1995. After following junior physiotherapy rotations I became a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

I became very interested in research, particularly in the field of pain, and in 2007 I was appointed Research Manager at Airedale, eventually becoming Head of Research and Innovation after a few years. During this time, I obtained my PhD studying in the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett University. My research programme was on acupuncture for cancer induced bone pain in adults. Since then I have been involved in synthesising research evidence, conducting systematic reviews and writing papers on non-pharmaceutical interventions for pain. I am a Cochrane Author and have acted as a PhD external examiner.  

From September 2021, I briefly worked on the NIHR-funded LOCOMOTION long-covid study as Project Manager before moving to my most recent appointment as Research Fellow in Palliative Care. I am working on the RESOLVE study looking at interventions for distress in patients with cancer.


  • Research Fellow RESOLVE study

Research interests

My research interests include pain research, with particular emphasis on non-pharmaceutical pain relief, palliative care and the use of sport and exercise as prevention or alleviation of chronic diseases.

I am also interested in the synthesis of research findings and the effective and the effective use of evidence-based practice.


  • PhD
  • MMed Sci Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Biomechanics
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • British Pain Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care