Dr Hannah Young

Specialist research physiotherapist honorary lecturer

School/Department: Respiratory Sciences, Department of



Hannah Young qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004 and works clinically as a Specialist Renal Physiotherapist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. In 2013 Hannah was awarded an MSc in Physiotherapy with distinction from the University of Nottingham and completed a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship hosted by the University of Leicester in 2021. She was then awarded an NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Fellowship in 2021. Her research interests include the care of older people with long term conditions with a particular focus upon multimorbidity and kidney conditions. She has expertise in mixed-methods research particularly how qualitative research can be used to enhance clinical trials and complex intervention development. Hannah is a passionate advocate for allied health professional research and has led the development of undergraduate student research placements and has been involved in the development of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust therapy research strategy.


2021 National institute of Health Research Development and Skills Enhancement Award 2020 Kidney Research UK Multicentre prospective single-blind wait-list randomised controlled trial with nested pilot of the clinical value and economic evaluation of an online physical and emotional wellbeing resource for the improvement of health-related quality of life in people with chronic kidney disease: The Kidney Beam Trial 2018 British Renal Society/ Kidney Care UK A Multi Professional Scoping Review to Examine Care Priorities and Outcomes for Frail Older Patients with Advanced CKD (4-5) 2018 Kidney Research UK innovation grant The EX-FRAIL CKD Trial: a pilot mixed-methods randomised controlled trial of a home-based EXercise programme for pre-FRAIL and FRAIL older adults with chronic kidney disease. 2016 NIHR doctoral fellowship ‘Understanding frailty falls and the role of exercise in haemodialysis patients’ 2011-2012 British Renal Society quantitative and qualitative study examining the perspective of CKD patients in relation to physical activity. 


(0) Young HML, March DS, Highton PJ, Graham-Brown MPM, Churchward DC, Grantham C, Goodliffe S, Jones W, Cheung M, Greenwood SA, Eborall H, Conroy S, Singh SJS, Smith AC, Burton JO. Exercise for people living with frailty and receiving haemodialysis: a mixed-methods randomised controlled feasibility study. BMJ Open 2020;10:e041227.

Young HML, Orme MW, Song Y, Dungey M, Burton JO, Smith AC, Singh SJ. (2019) ‘Standardising the measurement of physical activity in people receiving haemodialysis: considerations for research and practice,’ BMC Nephrology, 20, 450 (2019) doi:10.1186/s12882-019-1634-1.

Young HML, Goodliffe S, Madhani M, Phelps K , Regen E, Locke A, Burton JO, Singh SJ, Smith AC, Conroy S. Co-producing progression criteria for feasibility studies: a partnership between patient contributors, clinicians and researchers. International Journal of Environmental and Public Health Research. 2019, 16(19), 3756;

Young HML, March DS, Graham-Brown MPM, Jones AW, Curtis F, Grantham C, Churchward DR , Highton P, Smith AC, Singh SJS, Bridle C, Burton JO. Effects of intradialytic cycling on exercise capacity, quality of life, function and cardiovascular measures and in adult haemodialysis patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2018.  

Young HML, Jeurkar S Churchward DR, Dungey M, Stensel DJ, Bishop NC, Greenwood SA, Singh SJ, Smith AC, Burton JO; Implementing a theory-based intradialytic exercise programme in practice: a quality improvement project, Clinical Kidney Journal, sfy050,

Young HML, Hudson N, Clarke AL, Dungey M, Feehally J, Burton JO, Smith AC. Patient and staff perceptions of intradialytic exercise before and after implementation: A qualitative study. PlosOne 2015; 10(6): e0128995. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128995 

Young HML, Apps LD, Harrison SL, Johnson VL, Hudson N, Singh SJ. Important, misunderstood and challenging: A qualitative study of healthcare professionals’ perceptions of implementing supported self-management for patients’ with COPD. Int J of COPD 2015; 10(1): 1043—105.



Young HML. Meeting the needs of people receiving haemodialysis who are also living with frailty: A qualitative study. UK Kidney Week virtual October 2021 [invited] Young HML.Physiotherapy for renal comprehensive geriatric assessment. UK Kidney Week virtual October 2021 [invited] Young HML and Hurst H. The Royal Society of Medicine Geriatric Nephrology Course Royal Society of Medicine London October 2021 [invited] Young HML. Exercise for people living with frailty and receiving haemodialysis: a mixed-methods randomised controlled feasibility study. Ciceley Saunders Institute Kings College London May 2021 [invited] 
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