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Kim is a freelance occupational health research consultant with a part time professorial appointment at the University. In 2011 he was appointed an OBE for services to occupational healthcare.

Having gained a diploma in osteopathy in 1968 he ran a clinic in Huddersfield for many years. Gradually, he moved sideways to a career in research after studying for a PhD in biomechanics, ergonomics, and epidemiology related to back pain at Huddersfield Polytechnic, which he gained in 1987. Kim has worked with the university in various capacities ever since, including directorship of the former Spinal Research Unit. He is now member of the Centre for Applied Research in Health. Kim has an active international profile for research primarily at the health-work interface, and is an Expert Advisor to the Department for Work and Pensions, and a Member of the Indiustrial Injuries Advisory Council.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Work and health – occupational health – research and consultancy.
  • Biomechanics. Ergonomics. Clinical. Biopsychosocial.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial factors, sickness absence.
  • Quantitative methods: randomised controlled trials, Cochrane systematic reviewing, epidemiology.
  • Lab-based biomechanics and ergonomics studies.
  • Public health and patient educational material.
  • Questionnaire development.
  • Training for health professionals and health case managers.
  • Journal, book and report publication.
  • Clinical guidelines development.

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Occupational Health
  • Work
  • Work and Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Medical Research
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Clinical Guidelines
  • Ergonomics
  • Biomechanics
  • Common Health Problems
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Psychosocial
  • Patient Education
  • Policy
  • Work Ability
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Case Management

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Research Output

Development and feasibility of an intervention featuring individual supported work placements to aid return-to-work for unemployed people living with chronic pain

Froud, R., Grant, M., Burton, K., Foss, J., Ellard, D. R., Seers, K., Smith, D., Barillec, M., Patel, S., Haywood, K. & Underwood, M., 22 Apr 2020, In : Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 6, 1, 15 p., 49.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Exercise and Dementia: what should we be recommending?

    Lewis, K., Livsey, L., Naughton, R. & Burton, K., 13 May 2020, In : Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. 21, 2, p. 109-127 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

    Open Access
  • Helping keep the high street safe in the pandemic: guidance

    Burton, K., Persand, E., Palmer, A. & Reymond, J., 17 Jun 2020, Society of Occupational Medicine. 6 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Opportunities and challenges around adapting supported employment interventions for people with chronic low back pain: modified nominal group technique

    Froud, R., Thorsø, P. A., Bartys, S., Battie, M., Burton, K., Foster, N., Johnsen, T. L., Pincus, T., Reneman, M. F., Smeets, R. J. E. M., Sveinsdottir, V., Wynn-Jones, G. & Underwood, M., 3 Feb 2020, In : Disability and Rehabilitation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Canadian Journal of Pain (Journal)

    Kim Burton (Reviewer)

    11 Sep 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Grant Peer-Reviewer

    Kim Burton (Participant)

    24 Aug 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

    Sustaining health and workability in the new normal

    Kim Burton (Speaker), Alan Bradshaw (Speaker) & Jennifer Lunt (Speaker)

    17 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Live panel discussion on current perspectives in chronic pain: Research, policy and practice

    Devdeep Ahuja (Speaker), Mansel Aylward (Speaker), Ian Brown (Speaker), Kim Burton (Speaker), Deborah Edwards (Speaker), Andrew Frank (Speaker), Ewan Macdonald (Speaker) & Ann Taylor (Speaker)

    19 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Return to work following the Covid-19 lockdown

    Kim Burton (Speaker), Jo Yarker (Speaker) & Roxane Gervais (Speaker)

    26 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Return to work (RTW) after the Covid-19 lockdown

    Kim Burton, Lorraine Anderson-Cole & Jennifer Remnant


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research