Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson


I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist by background and am currently undertaking a PhD funded by a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship award. The overall aim of my PhD project is to develop a pre-operative care digital intervention for patients awaiting total knee replacement surgery. I am also currently working on a qualitative study exploring patients' views of ankle replacement and ankle fusion surgery.

Prior to starting my PhD I worked as a Research Associate on a feasibility study investigating peer mentorship for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis. In addition, I have worked as a clinical physiotherapist in a diverse range of settings. Being involved in some systematic reviews and undertaking a HEE Internship in 2016 made me realise the vital role research plays in improving patient care and really sparked my commitment to pursuing my research interests further.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the use of digital interventions to support self-management and health promotion among people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions. I currently help manage a MSK: Public Health and Prevention community of practice, which aims to help health professionals develop their understanding of musculoskeletal disorders as a public health issue and share best pratice in this area. 


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

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy