Dr Mark Williams

PhD, BSc (Hons), FHEA

Programme Lead for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Mark Williams


I joined Oxford Brookes in January 2016. I currently oversee BSc and MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy Programmes and the MSc/PG Cert/Dip Rehabilitation programme.

Previously I have worked as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford (RRiO), University of Oxford and Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick. Clinically I have worked in both NHS and private settings as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

My teaching and research focusses on the recovery from, and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal conditions.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

I am Module Leader for:

  • UG Skills for Health Informatics 
  • PG Research Methods
  • PG Dissertation

I am also the Programme Lead for Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation.


I supervise a number of PhD students and I am actively seeking further PhD students.

PhD Supervision cohort includes:

  • Terry Courdrey (P/T - due to complete 2025) 'Using a modified intervention mapping approach to develop an active recovery programme for hospitalised older adults with frailty'

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Owen Gustafson Evaluating the musculoskeletal health state of Intensive Care Unit survivors: The MSK-ICU study (led by OUH) Active
Elizabeth King Living with MSK impairments following critical illness Active
Robyn Stiger Prehabilitation for cancer patients Active


Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect over 10 million people in the UK alone, with high social and economic impact and approximately 30 million working days lost per year. My research primarily focusses on the recovery from, and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal conditions. This can involve a broad spectrum of factors, settings and disciplines including:

  • diagnosis, prognosis and management for traumatic injuries
  • evaluation of musculoskeletal health in patients suffering from critical illness or long-term conditions across the lifespan
  • prehabilitation strategies 
  • use of technology in prevention and rehabilitation 

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Registrant of the Health & Care Professions Council (# PH60234)
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (# 065719)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Committee Member of Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Former Hub Leader Council for Allied Health Professions in Research (CAHPR) Oxfordshire Branch