Long-term conditions

Approximately 15 million people in England, representing 1 in 4 adults, have one or more long-term conditions (LTCs). A LTC is an illness that cannot be cured, but may be controlled with medicines and/or other treatments. Common LTCs in the UK encompass a range of body systems and disorders spanning: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal/urology, endocrine/diabetes, neurological/psychiatric and musculoskeletal/trauma. People living with LTCs face considerable challenges around the management of their long-term physical and mental health.     

About the research group

The ‘Living well with long-term conditions’ LWLTC research group is led by Prof Dez Kyte and Dr Kostas Papadopoulos. The LWLTC group aims to facilitate the development and implementation of high-quality research and knowledge exchange, targeted at helping people with long-term conditions and their families to live well.



LWLTC Members

Operations Group

LWLTC Group Lead – Prof Dez Kyte PhD – Professor of Physiotherapy and course lead for the MSc (pre-reg) Physiotherapy programme, University of Worcester.

Deputy lead – Dr Kostas Papadopoulos PhD - Principal lecturer (physiotherapy) at the University of Worcester and the Head of Department for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Nutritional Therapy.

Professor Eleanor Bradley PhD - College Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (Health & Science) and a Professor of Health Psychology, University of Worcester.

Dr Berenice Mahoney PhD - Principal Lecturer, PhD Three Counties Medical School and the School of Psychology, University of Worcester.

Professor Rebecca Stack PhD - MBChB Assessment Lead, School Teaching and Learning coordinator, School EDI Lead and Professor of Student Success and Medical Assessment at Three Counties Medical School, University of Worcester.

Current Projects 


 Funded Research Projects

PhD Students

  • University of Worcester. Samita Kirve-PhD topic: Dementia education provision in pre-reg OT programmes in UK HEIs.
  • MDX London. Katherine Paice-PhD topic: The role of nutrition in improving performance and reducing injury in female netball players.
  • University of West Attica. George Kypraios-PhD topic: The use of clinical Pilates in Shoulder Tendinopathy.
  • MDX London. Luca Maestroni – PhD topic: Strength and Power Assessment in Rehabilitation: Profiling the Athlete’s Return to Sport Journey Following ACL reconstruction - PhD completed 2023.
  • Nicola Anderson. Using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to promote quality of care and safety in the management of patients with established kidney disease requiring treatment with haemodialysis. University of Birmingham, UK - PhD completed 2023.
  • Birgith Engelst Grove. Remote symptom monitoring using patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in patients with chronic kidney disease: The PROKID study. Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark - PhD completed 2023.




Dr Shirley Evans - Director of The Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester. 

Dr Chris Bowers - Head of Dept. Computing, Principal Lecturer, University of Worcester. 

Dr Andrew Morris - Specialist renal dietician, Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS trust.