David Keene

David Keene is a Specialist Orthopaedic Physiotherapist and Extended Scope Practitioner at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2003 David worked clinically in large teaching hospitals and in primary care. He was awarded an MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 2011, and gained a DPhil in 2014 at the University of Oxford. His thesis focused on the optimisation of mobility after severe ankle injury.

The clinical focus of his current research interests is on improving the management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, and he commenced a four-year NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, investigating physiotherapy interventions after ankle fracture in adults aged 50 years and over (the AFTER study) in 2017.

David is currently a co-investigator on several multicentre studies, including:

  • The PATH-2 trial (Platelet Rich Plasma injections for acute Achilles tendon rupture), funded by the MRC/NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme.
  • The Ankle Injury Management (AIM) trial (close contact casting vs surgery for ankle fracture in older adults).
  • The SPRAINED study (prognostic tool to predict poor outcome after acute ankle sprain)
  • The GRASP trial (2x2 factorial design, investigating corticosteroids injections and modes of physiotherapy for rotator cuff disorders), all funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme.

David is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and is the executive committee research lead for the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists. With his interest in facilitating research training and evidence-based practice, David has supported internships within the group and is on the committee of the Oxfordshire hub for the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR).