Dr Iain Beith

Professor Iain Beith

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Head of School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care


Location: St George's Campus, Tooting


Professor Iain Beith is a chartered physiotherapist by background and has worked in higher education since 1988. His education career has spanned four different institutions where he has supported the delivery, leadership and management of healthcare education at foundation degree, BSc, MSc and doctoral levels.

Iain is research active across a range of interests, notably pain, control of movement and education. He gained his PhD in reflex control of human trunk muscles in 2002.

Iain also works at national level with the Council of Deans of Health, and with other universities and healthcare trusts collaborating on education commissioning and programme development.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Neurophysiology, UCL, University of London
  • MSc, Biomedical Engineering with Project Distinction, Surrey University
  • Certificate in Education (Further Education)
  • Diploma in Teaching Physiotherapy (Dip TP)
  • Diploma in Physiotherapy

Professional experience

  • 2009 - present
    Head of School of Physiotherapy/Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2005 - 2009
    Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, King's College London,
  • 1996 - 2005
    Lecturer, Academic Department of Physiotherapy, King's College London,
  • 1995 - 1996
    Physiotherapy Private Practice, Worcester Park, Surrey,
  • 1993 - 1995
    Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, West London Institute of Higher Education, (latterly Brunel University),
  • 1992 - 1993
    Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, St Mary's Hospital London / Polytechnic of Central London,
  • 1988 - 1992
    Lecturer In Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, St Mary's Hospital, London / Polytechnic of Central London,
  • 1986 - 1988
    Lecturer In Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, St Mary's Hospital, London / Polytechnic of Central London,
  • 1982 - 1986
    Physiotherapist, Joint Services Medical Rehabilitation Unit, Surrey,
  • 1979 - 1982
    Student Physiotherapist, Joint Services School of Physiotherapy, RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire,
  • 1978 - 1979
    Nursing Auxiliary, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford ,

Research interests

Pain: mechanisms, assessment and management within different services.
Education: attrition on healthcare education programmes; the benefits of programme delivery at different levels (foundation degree, BSc and MSc).

Grants and funding

  • 2011 - 2012
    £24,507. Service User involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programmes leading to registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • 2010 - 2012
    £9082.92 Developing a back pain pathway in South West London. Academic Health and Social Care Network, South West London,
  • 2000 - 2005
    £1,000 summer studentships provided by the School of Biomedical Sciences at King's College London to investigate aspects of abdominal muscle function and reflex activity.
  • 2000 - 2001
    £125,852 project grant from the Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC). An investigation into the reflex control of human trunk muscles in people with and without chronic low back pain. Salary costs and purchase of ultrasound imaging equipment.
  • 2000 - 2001
    £3,965 project grant from the Physiotherapy Research Foundation. An investigation into the reflex control of human trunk muscles in people with and without chronic low back pain. Purchase of upgraded data collection equipment.
  • Various travel grants to different conferences from pharmaceutical companies (Nurofen travel bursary), the journal Brain, the Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) and The Physiological Society.


Number of items: 13.


Male, A.J., Ramdharry, G.M., Grant, R., Davies, R.A. and Beith, I.D. (2018) A survey of current management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) by physiotherapists' interested in vestibular rehabilitation in the UK. Physiotherapy, ISSN (print) 0031-9406 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Howarth, Ana, Perkins-Porras, Linda, Smith, Jared G, Subramaniam, Jeevakan, Copland, Claire, Hurley, Mike, Beith, Iain, Riaz, Muhammad and Ussher, Michael (2016) Pilot study evaluating a brief mindfulness intervention for those with chronic pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17(273), ISSN (online) 1745-6215

Beith, Iain D. (2012) Reflex control of ipsilateral and contralateral paraspinal muscles. Experimental Brain Research, 218(3), pp. 433-440. ISSN (print) 0014-4819

Beith, Iain D, Kemp, Andrew, Kenyon, Jonathan, Prout, Matthew and Chestnut, Thomas J (2011) Identifying neuropathic back and leg pain: a cross-sectional study. Pain, 152(7), pp. 1511-1516. ISSN (print) 0304-3959

Sofat, Nidhi, Beith, Iain, Anilkumar, P. G. and Mitchell, Philip (2011) Recent clinical trials for the treatment of osteoarthritis: what we have learned. Review on Recent Clinical Trials, 6(2), pp. 114-126. ISSN (print) 1574-8871

John, E. K. and Beith, I. D. (2007) Can activity within the external abdominal oblique be measured using real-time ultrasound imaging? Clinical Biomechanics, 22(9), pp. 972-979. ISSN (print) 0268-0033

Beith, I. D. and Harrison, P. J. (2004) Stretch reflexes in human abdominal muscles. Experimental Brain Research, 159(2), pp. 206-213. ISSN (print) 0014-4819

Strutton, Paul H., Beith, Iain D., Theodorou, Sophie, Catley, Maria, McGregor, Alison H. and Davey, Nick J. (2004) Corticospinal activation of internal oblique muscles has a strong ipsilateral component and can be lateralised in man. Experimental Brain Research, 158(4), pp. 474-479. ISSN (print) 0014-4819

McMeeken, J. M., Beith, I. D., Newham, D. J., Milligan, P. and Critchley, D. J. (2004) The relationship between EMG and change in thickness of transversus abdominis. Clinical Biomechanics, 19(4), pp. 337-342. ISSN (print) 0268-0033

Coates, J. E., McGregor, A. H., Beith, I. D. and Hughes, S. P. F. (2001) The influence of initial resting posture on range of motion of the lumbar spine. Manual Therapy, 6(3), pp. 139-144. ISSN (print) 1356-689X

Beith, I. D., Synott, I. E. and Newman, S. A. (2001) Abdominal muscle activity during the abdominal hollowing manoeuvre in the four point kneeling and prone positions. Manual Therapy, 6(2), pp. 82-87. ISSN (print) 1356-689X

Conference or Workshop Item

Male, A., Beith, I., Ramdharry, G., Davies, R. and Grant, R. (2016) Learning to manage Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – preferred methods, challenges and recommendations of physiotherapists interested in vestibular rehabilitation. In: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT); 11-12 Nov 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hamm, Karen, Beith, Iain, Ramdharry, Gita, Waygood, Sarah and Grant, Robert (2011) Can we predict attrition and academic success in pre-qualifying physiotherapy programmes? In: World Physical Therapy 2011; 20-23 June 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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