Current projects

Active Console Games

The impact of active console games on children and young people with motor impairments.

Benefits and costs of peer support for parents of disabled children

This project is evaluating the benefits and costs of providing one-to-one peer support to parents of children with disabilities.

Disabled Children at School

Exploring ideas for research relating to evaluating integrated education and health services, and how to improve the experience of disabled children at school.

Healthy Parents

This work is looking at the health and wellbeing of parent-carers.

Hospital communications

This study aims to improve communication between paediatric ward staff and disabled children when they have to spend time in hospital.

Involving Children and Young People in Research

This work is looking at how disabled children and young people can get involved in research and PenCRU activities.

James Lind Alliance Childhood Disability Research Priority Setting Partnership

Identifying and prioritising unanswered questions about the effectiveness of interventions for children and young people with neurodisability

Oral health and dentistry

Exploring ideas for research to improve oral health and dentistry for disabled children.

School based interventions for ADHD

This study aims to review non-drug interventions delivered in schools for children with ADHD.

Sleep positioning in cerebral palsy: Cochrane review

This review will appraise evidence of whether commercially available night-time postural management systems reduce hip deformity in children with cerebral palsy.

Sleep systems for children with cerebral palsy

This pilot study will test a research design for assessing how night-time postural management equipment affects sleep, comfort, pain and deformity in children with cerebral palsy.

The CHUMS study

This study is looking at what outcomes of NHS care should be measured for children with neurodisability.

The EDACS study

The EDACS study is developing a valid and reliable eating and drinking ability classification system for children with cerebral palsy.

The MeASURe study

MeASURe is investigating tools used to measure aspects of autistic spectrum disorder, and how well these reflect issues of importance for patients and carers.

Understanding children's attitudes towards disability

This research project aims to further our understanding of children's attitudes towards disability. In particular, the role contact with disabled people can have on facilitating more positive attitudes towards disability.

Past projects

Cranial osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial.