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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., 2 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Pilot and Feasibility Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

  • Implementing a community-focused health and work service (HWS)

    Christian, J., Wickizer, T. & Burton, A., 30 May 2019, McCrery-Pomeroy Social Security Disability Insurance Solutions Initiative. 33 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Maintained physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal arm pain: a randomised controlled trial

    Jones, G. T., Macfarlane, G. J., Walker-bone, K., Burton, A., Heine, P. J., Mccabe, C., McNamee, P., Mcconnachie, A., Zhang, R., Whibley, D., Palmer, K. & Coggon, D., 1 Mar 2019, In : RMD Open. 5, 1, e000810.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The Arm Pain Trial: activity not rest for regional arm pain

    Burton, K., Walker-Bone, K. & Jones, G. T., 1 Dec 2019, In : Occupational Health at Work. 16, 4, p. 16-18 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 17 Invited talk
    • 3 Oral presentation
    • 1 Editorial work

    Avoidable work disability - the role of the workplace

    Kim Burton (Speaker)
    25 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Reducing ill-health related job loss

    Kim Burton (Speaker)
    4 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Certificate in OH Case Management

    Kim Burton (Speaker)
    2 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The work/health interface – tackling avoidable work disability

    Kim Burton (Speaker)
    5 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Biopsychosocial principles

    Kim Burton (Speaker)
    10 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk