Personal profile


Sarah started at the University of Huddersfield in February 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy within the Division of Health and Rehabilitation. She is part of the Physiotherapy teaching team who was nominated for team of the year in 2017 and who won the Vice Chancellor's teaching excellence prize: best course team for student satisfaction (small course) in 2018. She specialises in Neurological Physiotherapy alongside undergraduate teaching about research methods and analysis and achieved her PhD by published works in 2018 looking at the evaluation of and comparative evidence for 2 interventional devices for foot-drop of central neurological origin.

Prior to working at Huddersfield she worked for over 9 years in a similar role at the University of Salford where she received her PGCert in Higher Education Practice and Research in 2008 and was part of the teaching team to win an inaugural VC distinguished teaching award in 2014. Sarah taught across clinical and professional modules and was recognised by Health Education North West for an innovative interprofessional module she led looking at employability and service redesign.

Sarah qualified from the University of Manchester in 1998, following rotations within the Pennine Acute NHS Trust she specialised in adult neurology working to a band 7 level, before making the move into Higher Education. She has undertaken CPD focusing on normal movement and the Bobath Technique as well as postgraduate training into research techniques. Sarah is Health and Care Professions Council registered, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, a certified moving and handling trainer and an HEA Fellow.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • New innovations for the treatment of footdrop of central neurological origin 

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2013 2017

Functional electrical stimulation and ankle foot orthoses provide equivalent therapeutic effects on foot drop: A meta-analysis providing direction for future research

Prenton, S., Hollands, K. L., Kenney, L. P. J. & Onmanee, P. 17 Nov 2017 In : Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 50, 2, p. 129-139 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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A review of the design and clinical evaluation of the ShefStim array-based functional electrical stimulation system

Kenney, L. P. J., Heller, B. W., Barker, A. T., Reeves, M. L., Healey, J., Good, T. R., Cooper, G., Sha, N., Prenton, S., Liu, A. & Howard, D. 1 Nov 2016 In : Medical Engineering and Physics. 38, 11, p. 1159-1165 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Functional electrical stimulation versus ankle foot orthoses for foot-drop: A meta-analysis of orthotic effects

Prenton, S., Hollands, K. L. & Kenney, L. P. J. 1 Sep 2016 In : Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 48, 8, p. 646-656 11 p.

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Enhancing public involvement in assistive technology design research

Williamson, T., Kenney, L. P. J., Barker, A. T., Cooper, G., Good, T., Healey, J., Heller, B. W., Howard, D., Matthews, M., Prenton, S., Ryan, J. & Smith, C. 1 May 2015 In : Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 10, 3, p. 258-265 8 p.

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