Professor Mike Hurley

Professor Mike Hurley

School: Rehabilitation Sciences

Job Title: Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences


Phone: +44 (0)20 8725 4602


Mike qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985, and obtained his PhD in 1992.

Between 1990 and 2010 he held posts of Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Physiotherapy at Kings College London, before moving St George's University of London and Kingston University.

Mike's overarching research interest is the development, evaluation and dissemination of clinically effective complex healthcare interventions, that are acceptable, deliverable and affordable and improve physical, psychosocial and economic well-being.

His primary clinical interest is musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions (osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis) he is also involved in research into falls in the elderly, dementia, cancer and chronic fatigue.

His work, which has been included in evidence-based clinical guidelines, has enabled him to gain a good understanding of, and experience in, designing, conducting and reporting quantitative research (from pilot studies to large multi-centred cluster randomised pragmatic clinical trials), qualitative studies, and economic evaluation.

He has authored and co-authored over 75 research papers, book chapters, etc, presents at local national and international conferences and is particularly keen on writing for patient/lay audiences.

He has contributed to working parties, guideline development committees, Chaired the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committee and was Clinical Adviser to Arthritis Research UK. Since 2013 he has been Clinical Director of the Musculoskeletal Programme at the Health Innovation Network (South London's Academic Health Science Network). Their main focus is to increase the spread and adoption of evidence-based treatment for chronic joint pain.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, "Muscle function and rehabilitation following traumatic and degenerative joint damage", King's College London
  • PgDip, Biomechanics, Strathclyde University
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • PgDip, Physiotherapy, King's College Hospital. London

Professional experience

  • 2013 - present
    Clinical Director,, Musculoskeletal Conditions, South London Academic Health Sciences Network
  • 2013 - present
    Member of, Arthritis Research UK Osteoarthritis Clinical Studies Group
  • 2005 - present
    Member of, International Steering Committee for CARE
  • 2002 - present
    Associate Editor, , Physiotherapy
  • 2010 - 2012
    Vice Chair (non-Clinical), , Arthritis Research UK Fellowships Committee
  • 2007 - 2010
    Professor of Physiotherapy, King's College London,
  • 2007 - 2010
    Chair of , Arthritis Research UK Health Services Fellowship Committee
  • 2003 - 2009
    Associate Editor, , Arthritis Care and Research
  • 2002 - 2008
    Clinical Advisor to, Arthritis Research UK
  • 2006 - 2007
    Co-opted expert on , National Institute for Health and Clinical Effective Guidelines Committee
  • 2004 - 2007
    Associate Editor, , Journal of Sports Rehabilitation
  • 2000 - 2007
    Reader &, ARC Research Fellow Physiotherapy Division, KCL,
  • 2001 - 2004
    Member of, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP) Research and Clinical Effectiveness (RaCE) Committee

Professional registration and membership

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health
  • Member, British Health Perofessionals in Rheumatology
  • Member, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Research interests

The development, evaluation and dissemination of effective complex healthcare interventions.

Musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions (osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis).

Increasing activity and quality of life for residents in cahe homes.

Falls in the elderly, dementia, cancer and chronic fatigue.

Grants and funding

  • 2013 - present
    Psychosocial impact of chronic joint pain and exercise to improve patient management: A synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research. Arthritis Research UK
  • 2013 - present
    Prevention of falls in cognitively impaired adults living in residential care. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit
  • 2013 - present
    People's beliefs about the meaning of crepitus in patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • 2012 - present
    A novel outcome measure for assessing the risk of fall - a new model of care using patient-centred goal setting in exercise rehabilitation. South West London Academic Health and Social Care Network
  • 2011 - present
    Developing effective, deliverable and affordable models of care for the management of chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis within a community setting. Arthritis Research UK
  • 2011 - present
    Exercise and self-management for people with chronic knee, hip or back pain. Physiotherapy Research Foundation.
  • 2017 - 2017
    Understanding how do leisure centre managers decide whether to deliver exercise programmes for people with chronic health conditions?
  • 2014 - 2017
    Increasing physical Activity, health and wellbeing in Residents in Care Homes - ARCH residents
  • 2014 - 2017
    Increasing physical Activity, health and wellbeing in Residents in Care Homes - ARCH residents
  • 2013 - 2017
    Evaluating a rehabilitation protocol following lumbar fusion surgery. A feasibility trial.
  • 2015 - 2016
    ESCAPE-in to the community: Delivering community-based exercise programme for chronic knee and hip pain.
  • 2014 - 2015
    Developing online resources to acceleratethe the diffusion and implementation rehabilitation programme for chronic joint pain.of a
  • 2007 - 2011
    Rehabilitation of upper limb sensorimotor dysfunction and disability in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. Physiotherapy Research Foundation
  • 2006 - 2010
    Measuring continuity of care in chronic illness: Development of a generic patient-based measure for research and service evaluation. Guys and St Thomas' Charitable Foundation.
  • 2000 - 2009
    Effective and cost-effective rehabilitation of knee pain in a community-population. Arthrits Research UK
  • 2006 - 2008
    Early physiotherapy for acute LBP in health care workers. BUPA
  • 2005 - 2008
    Rehabilitation of chronic hip pain. Physiotherapy Research Foundation
  • 2003 - 2008
    Graded exercise and counselling for patients with chronic fatigue in primary care. Wellcome Trust
  • 2002 - 2005
    Comparison of efficacy of three regimens of manual therapy for the treatment of low back pain. Arthritis Research UK
  • 2001 - 2004
    Exploration of the understanding, beliefs, expectations and preferences of patients with knee pain. NHS R&D Executive
  • 2000 - 2003
    Spinal proprioceptive acuity in subjects with and without chronic low back pain. Arthritis Research UK
  • 1998 - 2001
    The effect of vitamin D supplementation on falls in the elderly. NHS R&D Executive
  • 1994 - 1997
    Rehabilitation of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. NHS National Programme R&D Executive
  • 1993 - 1996
    Muscle function and rehabilitation of osteoarthritic knees. Arthritis Research UK


Number of items: 56.


Smith, Raymond, Wood, Julia, Jones, Fiona, Turner, Sue and Hurley, Michael (2018) A qualitative study exploring therapists' experiences of implementing a complex intervention promoting meaningful activity for residents in care homes. Clinical Rehabilitation, ISSN (print) 0269-2155 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Smith, Raymond, Wood, Julia, Jones, Fiona, Anderson, Liezl and Hurley, Michael (2017) Active Residents in Care Homes (ARCH) : a holistic approach to promoting and encouraging meaningful activity for residents living in care homes (innovative practice). Dementia, ISSN (print) 1471-3012 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Robertson, Claire J., Hurley, Michael and Jones, Fiona (2017) People’s beliefs about the meaning of crepitus in patellofemoral pain and the impact of these beliefs on their behaviour : a qualitative study. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 28, pp. 59-64. ISSN (print) 2468-7812

Koskela, Sian A., Jones, Fiona, Clarke, Natasha, Anderson, Liezl, Kennedy, Bernadette, Grant, Robert, Gage, Heather and Hurley, Michael V. (2017) Active Residents in Care Homes (ARCH) : study protocol to investigate the implementation and outcomes of a whole-systems activity programme in residential care homes for older people. Physiotherapy, 103(1), pp. 113-120. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Anderson, Cheryl, Grant, Robert L. and Hurley, Michael V. (2017) Exercise facilities for neurologically disabled populations : perceptions from the fitness industry. Disability and Health Journal, 10(1), pp. 157-162. ISSN (print) 1936-6574

Veronese, Nicola, Cereda, Emanuele, Maggi, Stefania, Luchini, Claudio, Solmi, Marco, Smith, Toby, Denkinger, Michael, Hurley, Michael, Thompson, Trevor, Manzato, Enzo, Sergi, Giuseppe and Stubbs, Brendon (2016) Osteoarthritis and mortality : a prospective cohort study and systematic review with meta-analysis. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 46(2), pp. 160-167. ISSN (print) 0049-0172

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

Greenwood, James, Mcgregor, Alison, Jones, Fiona, Mullane, Jacqueline and Hurley, Michael (2016) Rehabilitation following lumbar fusion surgery : a systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine, 41(1), E28-E36. ISSN (print) 0362-2436

Pearson, Jennifer, Walsh, Nicola, Carter, Desmond, Koskela, Sian and Hurley, Michael (2016) Developing a web-based version of an exercise-based rehabilitation program for people with chronic knee and hip pain: a mixed methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e67. ISSN (online) 1929-0748

Stubbs, Brendon, Hurley, Michael and Smith, Toby (2015) What are the factors that influence physical activity participation in adults with knee and hip osteoarthritis? A systematic review of physical activity correlates. Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(1), pp. 80-94. ISSN (print) 0269-2155

Manning, Victoria L., Kaambwa, Billingsley, Ratcliffe, Julie, Scott, David L., Choy, Ernest, Hurley, Michael V. and Bearne, Lindsay M. (2015) Economic evaluation of a brief Education, Self-management and Upper Limb Exercise Training in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis (EXTRA) programme: a trial-based analysis. Rheumatology, 54(2), pp. 302-309. ISSN (print) 1462-0324

Greenwood, James, McGregor, Alison, Jones, Fiona and Hurley, Michael (2015) Evaluating rehabilitation following lumbar fusion surgery (REFS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16(251), ISSN (online) 1745-6215

Hurley, Michael, Dickson, Kelly, Walsh, Nicola, Hauari, Hanan, Grant, Robert, Cumming, Jo and Oliver, Sandy (2013) Exercise interventions and patient beliefs for people with chronic hip and knee pain: a mixed methods review (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, CD010842. ISSN (online) 1469-493X

Manning, Victoria L., Hurley, Michael V., Scott, David L. and Bearne, Lindsay M. (2012) Are patients meeting the updated physical activity guidelines? physical activity participation, recommendation, and preferences among inner-City adults with rheumatic diseases. JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 18(8), pp. 399-404. ISSN (print) 1076-1608

Ridsdale, L., Hurley, M., King, M., McCrone, P. and Donaldson, N. (2012) The effect of counselling, graded exercise and usual care for people with chronic fatigue in primary care: a randomized trial. Psychological Medicine, 42(10), pp. 2217-2224. ISSN (print) 0033-2917

Hurley, M. V., Walsh, N. E., Mitchell, H., Nicholas, J. and Patel, A. (2012) Long-term outcomes and costs of an integrated rehabilitation program for chronic knee pain: a pragmatic, cluster randomized, controlled trial. Arthritis Care & Research, 64(2), pp. 238-247. ISSN (print) 0004-3591

Segal, Neil A., Glass, Natalie A., Felson, David T., Hurley, Michael, Yang, Mei, Nevitt, Michael, Lewis, Cora E. and Torner, James C. (2010) Effect of quadriceps strength and proprioception on risk for knee osteoarthritis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(11), pp. 2081-2088. ISSN (print) 0195-9131

Sabes-Figueraa, Ramon, McCrone, Paul, Hurley, Michael, King, Michael, Donaldson, Ana Nora and Ridsdale, Leone (2010) The hidden cost of chronic fatigue to patients and their families. BMC Health Services Research, 10(56), ISSN (online) 1472-6963

Hurley, Michael V, Walsh, Nicola, Bhavnani, Vanita, Britten, Nicky and Stevenson, Fiona (2010) Health beliefs before and after participation on an exercised-based rehabilitation programme for chronic knee pain: doing is believing. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11, ISSN (online) 1471-2474

Felson, David T., Gross, K. Douglas, Nevitt, Michael C., Yang, Mei, Lane, Nancy E., Torner, James C., Lewis, Cora E. and Hurley, Michael V. (2009) The effects of impaired joint position sense on the development and progression of pain and structural damage in knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 61(8), pp. 1070-1076. ISSN (print) 2151-464X

Jessep, Sally A., Walsh, Nicola E., Ratcliffe, Julie and Hurley, Michael V. (2009) Long-term clinical benefits and costs of an integrated rehabilitation programme compared with outpatient physiotherapy for chronic knee pain. Physiotherapy, 95(2), pp. 94-102. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Phillips, Dean R., Barnard, Sue, Mullee, Mark A. and Hurley, Michael V. (2009) Simple anatomical information improves the accuracy of locating specific spinous processes during manual examination of the low back. Manual Therapy, 14(3), pp. 346-350. ISSN (print) 1356-689X

Hurley, Michael V and Walsh, Nicola E (2009) Effectiveness and clinical applicability of integrated rehabilitation programs for knee osteoarthritis. Current Opinion in Rheumatology, 21(2), pp. 171-176. ISSN (print) 1040-8711

Walsh, Nicola E. and Hurley, Michael V. (2009) Evidence based guidelines and current practice for physiotherapy management of knee osteoarthritis. Musculoskeletal Care, 7(1), pp. 45-56. ISSN (print) 1478-2189

Mitchell, Helene L. and Hurley, Michael V. (2008) Management of chronic knee pain: a survey of patient preferences and treatment received. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9, ISSN (online) 1471-2474

Hurley, Michael V. and Bearne, Lindsay M. (2008) Non-exercise physical therapies for musculoskeletal conditions. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology, 22(3), pp. 419-433. ISSN (print) 1521-6942

Hurley, Michael V (2008) The contribution of physiotherapy to the management of osteoarthritis. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 69(1), pp. 31-34. ISSN (print) 1750-8460

Hurley, M. V., Walsh, N. E., Mitchell, H. L., Pimm, T. J., Williamson, E., Jones, R. H., Reeves, B. C., Dieppe, P. A. and Patel, A. (2007) Economic evaluation of a rehabilitation program integrating exercise, self-management, and active coping strategies for chronic knee pain. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 57(7), pp. 1220-1229. ISSN (print) 0004-3591

Hurley, M. V., Walsh, N. E., Mitchell, H. L., Pimm, T. J., Patel, A., Williamson, E., Jones, R. H., Dieppe, P. A. and Reeves, B. C. (2007) Clinical effectiveness of a rehabilitation program integrating exercise, self-management, and active coping strategies for chronic knee pain: a cluster randomized trial. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 57(7), pp. 1211-1219. ISSN (print) 0004-3591

Critchley, Duncan J., Ratcliffe, Julie, Noonan, Sandra, Jones, Roger H and Hurley, Michael V. (2007) Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of three types of physiotherapy used to reduce chronic low back pain disability: a pragmatic randomized trial with economic evaluation. Spine, 32(14), pp. 1474-81. ISSN (print) 0362-2436

Bearne, Lindsay M., Coomer, Annette F. and Hurley, Michael V. (2007) Upper limb sensorimotor function and functional performance in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29(13), pp. 1035-1039. ISSN (print) 0963-8288

Dhesi, Jugdeep K., Jackson, Stephen H. D., Bearne, Lindsay M., Moniz, Caje, Hurley, Michael V., Swift, Cameron G. and Allain, Theresa J. (2004) Vitamin D supplementation improves neuromuscular function in older people who fall. Age and Ageing, 33(6), pp. 589-595. ISSN (print) 0002-0729

Hurley, M.V., Mitchell, H.L. and Walsh, N. (2003) In osteoarthritis, the psychosocial benefits of exercise are as important as physiological improvements. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 31(3), pp. 138-143. ISSN (print) 0091-6331

Hurley, Michael V. (2003) Muscle dysfunction and effective rehabilitation of knee osteoarthritis: what we know and what we need to find out. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 49(3), pp. 444-452. ISSN (print) 0004-3591

Hurley, M V (2002) Muscle, exercise and arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD), 61(8), pp. 673-675. ISSN (print) 0003-4967

Dhesi, J. K., Bearne, L. M., Moniz, C., Hurley, M. V., Jackson, S. H. D., Swift, C. G. and Allain, T. J. (2002) Neuromuscular and psychomotor function in elderly subjects who fall and the relationship with vitamin D status. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR), 17(5), pp. 891-897. ISSN (print) 0884-0431

Bearne, L. M., Scott, D. L. and Hurley, M. V. (2002) Exercise can reverse quadriceps sensorimotor dysfunction that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis without exacerbating disease activity. Rheumatology, 41(2), pp. 157-166. ISSN (print) 1462-0324

Hurley, Michael V. (1999) The role of muscle weakness in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America, 25(2), pp. 283-298. ISSN (print) 0889-857X

Hurley, M V and Scott, D L (1998) Improvements in quadriceps sensorimotor function and disability of patients with knee osteoarthritis following a clinically practicable exercise regime. Rheumatology, 37(11), pp. 1181-1187. ISSN (print) 1462-0324

Hurley, M. V. (1998) Quadriceps weakness in osteoarthritis. Current Opinion in Rheumatology, 10(3), pp. 246-250. ISSN (print) 1040-8711

Hurley, Michael V., Rees, Joanne and Newham, Di J. (1998) Quadriceps function, proprioceptive acuity and functional performance in healthy young, middle-aged and elderly subjects. Age and Ageing, 27(1), pp. 55-62. ISSN (print) 0002-0729

Hurley, Michael V, Scott, David L, Rees, Joanne and Newham, Di J (1997) Sensorimotor changes and functional performance in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD), 56(11), pp. 641-648. ISSN (print) 0003-4967

Hurley, M. V. (1997) The effects of joint damage on muscle function, proprioception and rehabilitation. Manual Therapy, 2(1), pp. 11-17. ISSN (print) 1356-689X

Hurley, M. V. (1994) Evaluating new physical treatments. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD), 53(5), pp. 355-356. ISSN (print) 0003-4967

Hurley, M. V., Jones, D. W. and Newham, D. J. (1994) Arthrogenic quadriceps inhibition and rehabilitation of patients with extensive traumatic knee injuries. Clinical Science, 86(3), pp. 305-10. ISSN (print) 0143-5221

James, C., Sacco, P., Hurley, M. V. and Jones, D. A. (1994) An evaluation of different protocols for measuring the force-velocity relationship of the human quadriceps muscles. European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, 68(1), pp. 41-47. ISSN (print) 1439-6319

Hurley, M. V. (1994) The way forward for hydrotherapy. British Journal of Rheumatology, 33(1), p. 102. ISSN (print) 1462-0324

Hurley, M. V. and Newham, D. J. (1993) The influence of arthrogenous muscle inhibition on quadriceps rehabilitation of patients with early, unilateral osteoarthritic knees. British Journal of Rheumatology, 32(2), pp. 127-131. ISSN (print) 1462-0324


Wood, Julia Helen, Smith, Raymond, Jones, Fiona and Hurley, Michael (2017) Dementia care mapping as an outcome measure in research : Active Residents in Care Homes project. London, U.K. : SAGE. 12p. (Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2) ISBN 9781526420978

Conference or Workshop Item

Walker, Andrew, Sibley, Fay, Carter, Andrea and Hurley, Michael (2017) Social return on investment analysis of a physiotherapy-led service for managing osteoarthritis in primary care. In: Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training; 23 Feb 2017, London, U.K..

Hurley, Michael (2015) Delivering ESCAPE-pain (Enabling self-management and coping of arthritic pain through exercise) - an online guide for healthcare professional. In: Physiotherapy UK 2015 Conference & Trade Exhibition; 16-17 Oct 2015, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hurley, Mike, Dickson, Kelly, Hauari, Hanan, Walsh, Nicola E., Grant, Robert, Cumming, Jo and Oliver, Sandy (2014) People’s views, beliefs and experiences of exercise for chronic hip and knee pain: Cochrane Review with qualitative synthesis. In: ACR/ARHP 2014: American College Of Rheumatology (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting; 14-19 Nov 2014, Boston, U.S..

Hurley, Mike, Walsh, Nicola E., Oliver, Sandy, Hauari, Hanan, Dickson, Kelly, Grant, Robert and Cumming, Jo (2014) The physical and psychosocial effects of exercise on chronic hip and knee pain: a Cochrane Review with meta-analysis. In: ACR/ARHP 2014: American College Of Rheumatology (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting; 14-19 Nov 2014, Boston, U.S..

Hurley, Michael V., Carter, Andrea, Carter, Des, Hughes, Lonan, Ni Mhuiri, Aoife and Walsh, Nicola E. (2014) Delivering ESCAPE-Pain (Enabling Self-Management and Coping of Arthritic Pain through Exercise) - an online guide for healthcare professionals. In: ACR/ARHP 2014: American College Of Rheumatology (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting; 14-19 Nov 2014, Boston, U.S..

Hurley, Mike (2014) Physical activity: epidemiology and its role in improving health in adults with osteoarthritis. In: Rheumatology 2014; 29 Apr - 01 May 2014, Liverpool, U.K..

Database or Web Resource

Hurley, Mike [Research team head] (2015) ESCAPE-pain.

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