Thomas graduated with first class honours in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2001. The following year he completed a MSc in Exercise Physiology also at the University of Wales, Bangor.
In 2004 Thomas began working under Professor Sackley in the School of Physiotherapy and Nursing as a research assistant. He then worked for the MRC epidemiology unit based in Cambridge before completing his PhD in Primary Clinical Sciences under the supervision of Professor Sackley, and Chris Wright in 2008. Thomas has been a Research Fellow in Primary Care Clinical Sciences since 2008.
I currently work towards research projects being carried out within Professor Sackley’s Rehabilitation research team.
Between 2008 and mid 2011 I have been managing the RESULT study (A review of epidemiology and service-use in long-term neurological conditions). The study is a Department of Health Policy Research Programme with a broad scope of research activities including epidemiology, resource-use surveys, health economics, and BME research.
I also oversee two ongoing trials within the Rehabilitation theme. One is a trial investigating the optimal provision of occupational therapy to aid rehabilitation in total hip replacement patients with osteoarthritis. The other is a trial investigating the effectiveness of constraint induced movement therapy in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Previously, I worked on a study investigating the effectiveness of rehabilitation services (physiotherapy and occupational therapy) with care home residents.
Hoppitt, T.J. (2010). Huntington's Disease: An update on current incidence, prevalence and pharmacological management in UK Primary Care. Lancet, 376 (9751): 1463-4.
Hoppitt, T.J., et al. (2011). A Systematic review of incidence and prevalence of long-term neurological conditions in the UK. NeuroEpidemiology,36:19-28.
Hoppitt, T.J., Sackley, C.M., and Wright, C.C. (2010). Letter to the editor – Response to Roberts et al. Age and ageing, doi: 10.1093/ageing/afq063
Hoppitt, T.J., Sackley, C.M., and Wright, C.C. (2009). Selecting the right outcomes measures for use in UK care homes. Age and ageing, 39 (1) 119-22.
Sackley C, Disler PB, Turner-Stokes L, Wade DT, Brittle N, Hoppitt T. Rehabilitation interventions for foot drop in neuromuscular disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2009, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD003908.
Sackley, C.M., Hoppitt, T.J., et al. (2009). A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Intervention to Enhance Mobility and Activity in Care Home Residents. BMJ, 339 (b3123): 670-3
Hoppitt, T.J., Sackley, C.M., and Cardoso, K. (2006). An investigation into the utility of the Stroke Aphasic Depression Questionnaire (SADQ) in care home settings. Clinical Rehabilitation, 20(7): 598–602.
Eston, R. G., Rowlands, A. V., Charlesworth, S., Davies, A., and Hoppitt, T. (2005). Prediction of DXA-determined whole body fat from skinfolds: importance of including skinfolds from the thigh and calf in young, healthy men and women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 59: 695-702