Dr James Greenwood

Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

About Dr James Greenwood

I am currently employed as a spinal extended scope practitioner (ESP) at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, it is an enviable position. My role includes requesting complex imaging, listing patients for surgical procedures, and assisting with non operative management. It gives me a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with experts from a wide range of disciplines and a group of patients who are suffering from a broad spectrum of neurosurgical disorders.

Before coming to work for UCLH I undertook a masters in research (MRes) at Kings College London, this gave me a real taste for clinically orientated research. My current research interests are based around the provision of rehabilitation to patients who have under gone lumbar spinal fusion surgery. This is a challenging area and I was fortunate enough to receive an NIHR doctoral fellowship in 2014 with the aim of developing both my research skills and delivering a PhD in post fusion rehabilitation. I have the chance to take early pilot data from a service review and build this into a robust feasibility study. I am constantly learning new research methods and this has allowed me to develop skills that directly impact not only on my study but also on my clinical practice.


1. Greenwood, J., G, McGregor, A, Jones, F, Hurley, M, V, Evaluating rehabilitation following lumbar fusion surgery (REFS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 2015. 16: p. 251.

2. Greenwood, J., G, McGregor, A, Jones, F, Mullane, J, Hurley, M, V, Rehabilitation following lumbar fusion surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine, 2016. 41(1): p. E28-36.

3. Hurley, M., Greenwood, J, Walsh, NE, Post-Operative Rehabilitation Provides Unmet Need for Better Patient Support and Advice Following Lumbar Spinal Fusion. [. Arthritis Rheum, 2012. 64(Suppl 10): p. 1590.