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School of Health and Society

Dr Yeliz Prior

Senior Research Fellow, Director of Postgraduate Research


Yeliz joined the University in 2011 to investigate the consequences of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) on individuals and society as a whole and identify target for interventions. Yeliz has trained as an Occupational Therapist at Salford, and obtained her Ph.D. in Epidemiology of Joint Pain in Older Adults from the Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University. Following these, she has gained postgraduate education in qualitative methodologies from the University of Oxford, and further culminated her training in quantitative data analysis by completing the Advanced Epidemiological Analysis course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropic Medicine to become a mixed-methods researcher. She has also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at a postgraduate level. To date, Yeliz has successfully delivered a number of randomised clinical trials in the NHS, large observational studies and qualitative research projects at the School of Health and Society. Her current research expands to the management of other long term-chronic conditions and the use of digital health technologies to enable wider access to health care information and self-management. Ongoing projects include the MSKHUB [a digital health platform to help people with MSCs to self-manage]; SSHUB [another digital health platform to help Stroke Survivors to self-manage]; FAMe Programme [Fibromyalgia Self-Management Education Programme]; Why Feet Matter [A digital repository for foot related health information] and studies investigating the impact of RMDs on work participation, such as the Versus Arthritis funded WorkWell RCT and Work in Osteoarthritis Study (WORK-IT) and the EULAR funded WorkPROMs [development and testing of work patient reported outcomes measures].

Yeliz also has a key role within the School of Health and Society as the Director of the Postgraduate Research Studies. At a University level, Yeliz Chairs the Research and Governance Working Group, working closely with the Research Governance Officer and the R&I Associate Director Research.  Additionally, Yeliz continue to hold weekly rheumatology occupational therapy clinics at the Mid Cheshire NHS Trust to ensure her research is underpinned by clinical practice.

Alongside her academic and clinical roles, Yeliz contributes to the field of Rheumatology with committee positions at the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Scientific Committees. Yeliz also sits at the Editorial Board of the Rheumatology Advances in Practice Journal, published by the Oxford University Press and contributes to number of peer review scientific journals and funding bodies as article, studentship/fellowship and grant reviewer.

Research Interests

  • Investigation of disabilities in daily activities, work and leisure amongst people with rheumatic (RMDs) and musculoskeletal conditions (MSCs).
  • Self-management and patient education in long term conditions.
  • Self-management of pain, fatigue and depression in people with rheumatic and MSCs.
  • Work rehabilitation or vocational rehabilitation of people with long-term conditions.
  • Self-management in Fibromyalgia.
  • Use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) led interventions.
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for anxiety, depression and stress management.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) for goal setting and behaviour change interventions.
  • Use of digital health technologies to enhance health & quality of life outcomes.
  • Patient reported outcome measurement development and psychometric testing.

Qualifications and Memberships


PhD Epidemiology

PgCert Academic Practice [PGCAP]

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Diploma in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Diploma in Counselling

HND Business and Information Technologies


Professional Memberships

Fellow of Higher Education Agency (FHEA)

Full Member of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Full Member of British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR)


Recent Peer Review Journal Publications


Please see my Google Scholar and Orchid ID to view updated list of publications.


  • Prodinger B, Hammond A, Tennant A, Prior Y, Tyson S (2019) Revisiting the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) and QuickDASH in Rheumatoid Arthritis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. Accepted. 2019 20:41


  • Prior Y, Tenant A, Tyson S, Kjeken, I, Hammond A (2018) Measure of Activity Performance in the Hand (MAP-Hand) questionnaire: Linguistic validation, cultural adaptation and psychometric testing in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in the UK. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2018) 19:275


  • Hammond A, Prior Y, Tyson, S. (2018) Linguistic validation, Validity and Reliability of the British English versions of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire and QuickDASH in people with rheumatoid arthritis. BMC Musculoskeletal Conditions. 2018; 19:118


  • Prior Y, Sutton C, Cotterill S, Adams J, Comacho E, Arafin N, Firth J, O’Neill T, Hough Y, Jones W, Hammond A (2017) The effects of arthritis gloves on people with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Inflammatory Arthritis with hand pain: a study protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Conditions. 18-224 DOI 10.1186/s12891-017-1583-4 Available on


  • Hammond A, Prior Y, Horton M, Tenant A, Tyson S. (2017) The psychometric properties of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire in seven musculoskeletal conditions. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN: 0963-8288 DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1323027 Available on


  • Vliet Vlieland T.P.M., Van den Ende C.H.M., Alliot-Launoit F, Beauvais C, Gobbo M, Iagnocco A, Lundberg I, Munuera-Martínez P.V., Opava C, Prior Y, Redmond A, Smucrova H, Wiek D (2016) Educational needs of health professionals working in rheumatology in Europe. Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD);2:e000337. doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2016- 000337


  • Prior Y, Amanna A, Bodell S, Hammond A (2016) A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: Patients’ views. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/0308022616672666


  • Hammond A, Prior Y (2016) A systematic review of the effectiveness of hand exercise interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis. British Medical Bulletin, Advanced Access Published June 30, 2016. 1–14 doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldw024


  • Thomas N.A., Plant S, Woodward-Nutt K, Prior Y, Tyson S (2015) Health care professionals’ views of the factors influencing the decision to refer patients to a stroke rehabilitation trial. Trials 2015, 16:577  doi:10.1186/s13063-015-1115-1.


  • Hammond A, Jones V, Prior Y (2015) The effects of compression gloves on hand symptoms and hand function in rheumatoid arthritis and hand osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation. Published online before print March 23, 2015, doi: 10.1177/0269215515578296


  • Prior Y, Amanna A, Bodell S, Hammond A (2015) A qualitative evaluation of an occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: perspectives of the therapists and their line managers. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. August 2015 vol. 78 no. 8 465-466 doi: 10.1177/0308022615599175


  • Hammond A, Tennant A, Tyson S, Hawkins R, Nordenskiold U, Prior Y (2015) The Reliability and Validity of the English version of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (2015)  doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kev008 First published online: April 10, 2015


  • Hammond A, Prior Y, Tennant A, Tyson S, Nordenskiold U (2015) The content validity and acceptability of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire in musculoskeletal conditions. British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Vol. 78 (3) 144-157 (Publication was highlighted as Editor’s choice).


  • Hammond A, Tyson S, Prior Y, Hawkins R, Tennant A, Nordenskiold U, Thyberg I, Sandqvist G, Cederlund R (2014) Linguistic validation and cultural adaptation of an English version of the evaluation of daily activity questionnaire in rheumatoid arthritis. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2014, 12:143  doi:10.1186/s12955-014-0143-y


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