Miss Ciara Harris BSc(Hons), MCSP

Miss Ciara Harris

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Associate

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ciara Harris is a chartered physiotherapist, who worked clinically full-time within the NHS, across a range of clinical specialities, for 4 years before moving to the University of Birmingham as a research associate in February 2018. She also continues some clinical work alongside her research role.

Her research interests lie in the evolving delivery of acute healthcare outside the traditional hospital environment, the role of physiotherapy within this area, and perceptions of risk and their impact on healthcare-related decision-making. She is currently undertaking a PhD in this area, using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

This evolution in acute healthcare delivery comes in response to the increasing demands on our healthcare services, with limited resources to meet these demands, and therefore the need to deliver more acute care within non-traditional settings, using both similar and different approaches to those used in traditional settings.

She is a member of the Social Studies in Medicine (SSiM) Team in the Institute of Applied Health Research.


  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham, 2013
  • Qualified Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2013


Recent publications


Knight, T, Harris, C, Mas, MÀ, Shental, O, Ellis, G & Lasserson, D 2021, 'The provision of hospital at home care: results of a national survey of UK hospitals', International Journal of Clinical Practice, vol. 75, no. 12, e14814. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.14814

Onen , BL, Harris, C, Ignatowicz, A, Davies, J, Drouvelis, M, Howes, A, Nkomazana, O, Lukwiya Onen, C, Sapey, E, Tsima, B & Lasserson, D 2019, 'Ageing, frailty and resilience in Botswana: rapid ageing, rapid change. Findings from a national working group meeting and literature review', BMC Proceedings, vol. 13, no. Suppl 10, 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12919-019-0171-z

Harris, C, Ignatowicz, A & Lasserson, D 2019, 'What are physiotherapists and occupational therapists doing in services that replace acute hospital admission? a systematic review', International Journal of Clinical Practice, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.13462

Trefan, L, Harris, C, Evans, S, Nuttall, D, Maguire, S & Kemp, AM 2018, 'A comparison of four different imaging modalities - Conventional, cross polarized, infra-red and ultra-violet in the assessment of childhood bruising', Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. 59, pp. 30-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2018.07.015

Harris, C, Alcock, A, Trefan, L, Nuttall, D, Evans, ST, Maguire, S & Kemp, AM 2018, 'Optimising the measurement of bruises in children across conventional and cross polarized images using segmentation analysis techniques in Image J, Photoshop and circle diameter measurements', Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. 54, pp. 114-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2017.12.020

Lasserson, D, Harris, C, Elias , TNE, Bowen, JST & Clare, S 2018, 'What is the evidence base for ambulatory care for acute medical illness?', Acute Medicine, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 117-172. <https://acutemedjournal.co.uk/journal/volume-17/volume-17-volume-17/what-is-the-evidence-base-for-ambulatory-care-for-acute-medical-illness/>

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