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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 1981 2020

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., Burton, K., Battie, M., Foster, N., Johnsen, T., Pincus, T., Reneman, M., Smeets, R., Sveinsdottir, V., Wynn-Jones, G. & Underwood, M., 13 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Disability and Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Supported Employment
Low Back Pain

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
service work
social security
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
Randomized Controlled Trials
Back Pain
Intention to Treat Analysis

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

Low Back Pain
Upper Extremity

The development and content of the vocational advice intervention and training package for the Study of Work And Pain (SWAP) trial (ISRCTN 52269669)

Sowden, G., Main, C., Van Der Windt, D., Burton, A. & Wynne-jones, G., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 29, 2, p. 395-405 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Physical Therapists
Vocational Education
Musculoskeletal Pain

Activities 1986 2020

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

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

Low back pain: prevent, cure, or manage?

Kim Burton (Speaker)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk