Dr Leica S Claydon

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Physiotherapy

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Leica S Claydon Mueller is a physiotherapist interested in many areas including the management of pain and promotion of physical activity in various health conditions.



Dr Leica is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at ARU. She's currently supervising 13 PhD/MD/Prof Doc students and has seen postgraduate research students to completion.

Leica mostly publishes in the fields of pain, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions and education. More recently she has been involved with developing the MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy and MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy courses.

The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy courses is a joint partnership with our partner MAHSA University and the degree is face-to-face in Malaysia.

Research interests

  • Systematic reviews (and meta-analysis)
  • Non-pharmacological management of pain (particularly Neuropathic Pain) activity
  • Education

Areas of research supervision


  • Physiotherapy Management (particularly exercise) of Primary Dysmenorrhea
  • Core outcomes in hip preservation surgery 
  •  Impingement and hip Osteoarthritis Tonnis grade 2 or greater FemoroacetabularManagement of 
  • hip arthroscopy outcomes The relationship between muscle strength and 
  • Analysis of psychological outcomes in patients undergoing breast reconstruction 
  • The efficiency of microsurgical breast reconstruction 
  • Predicting the surgical difficulty of TME (Total Mesorectal Excision)
  • Reducing toxicity in the treatment of Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Investigating the soluble ST2 biomarker in addition to natriuretic peptides in managing patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction 
  • The impact of conflict among health professionals on service delivery in health care 
  • The influence of employee empowerment on service quality in health care 
  • The influence of organisational culture on performance in health care
  • Respiratory muscle dysfunction monitoring and adjunctive management and respiratory rehabilitation in prolonged ventilated patients
  •  The internationalisation of postgraduate taught (PGT) curricula
  • Examined six PhD's and one Professional Doctorate


  • MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy and Occupational
  • Therapy Link Tutor for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Dual-Award with MAHSA, University (2013 to date)


  • PhD (2008; Keele University, UK)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (2010; University of Otago, NZ)
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (2003; Keele University, UK)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • HCPC registered Physiotherapist PH65873
  • Academic Editor PLOS ONE
  •  Scheme (APRS) Senior Fellowship Anglia Professional Recognition

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Collaborations with the University of Otago, New Zealand) on pain and activity in chronic conditions resulted in 40,000 $NZD in funding.
  • Course development of MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy funded with start-up fees (£100,000) from Health Education England.

Selected recent publications

Andronic O, Claydon-Mueller LS, Cubberley R, Kumar KHS, Kanduja V. Outcomes of Hip Arthroscopy in Patients with Femoroacetabular Impingement and Concomitant Tönnis Grade II Osteoarthritis or Greater: Protocol for a Systematic Review. International Journal of Surgery Protocols (accepted for publication 21 December 2020).  

Meshe OF, Bungay H, Claydon – Mueller LS (2019) Participants’ experiences of the benefits, barriers, and facilitators of attending a Community-based Exercise Programme for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Health and Social Care in the Community December 13th 2019 https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12929   

Kannan P, Chapple C, Miller D, Claydon – Mueller LS, Baxter GD (2019) Exercise improves pain, daily functioning, and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomised trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials 81 (6): 80-86). doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.05.004   

Mehta, P. Claydon - Mueller, LS. Mani, R. Hendrick, P. Cook, C. Baxter, GD (2018). Chronic Diabetic Neuropathic Pain: psychometric properties of pain and physical function outcome measures. Physical Therapy Reviews 317-329 https://doi.org/10.1080/10833196.2018.1517072

Nweke C, Claydon – Mueller LS (2018) What factors contribute to delayed discharge of end of life (EoL) patient’s in hospital who wish to die at home? European Journal of Palliative Care 25(2):68-73.  

Johnson MI, Claydon LS, Herbison GP, Jones G, Paley CA (2017). Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for fibromyalgia in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD012172. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012172.pub2 

Winser, S. Smith, C. Hale, LA. Claydon, LS. Whitney, SL. Klatt, B. Mottershead, J. Zaydan, I. Heyman, R (2017) Psychometric properties of a core set of outcome measures of balance for people with cerebellar ataxia secondary to multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 98 (2) 270-276 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2016.07.023  

Nair, R. Nikolopoulos, K.I. Claydon, LS (2017) Clinical outcomes in women undergoing laparoscopic hysteropexy: a systematic review. European Journal of Obstetrics Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology 208:71-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2016.11.019  

Johnson, MI. Claydon, LS. Herbison, GP. Paley, CA. Jones, G. (2016) Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Fibromyalgia (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012172.   

Meshe, O F, Claydon, LS., Bungay, H, Andrew, S (2015) Physical activity and health status following Pulmonary Rehabilitation: a mixed methods systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2016 Apr 6:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27049603.   https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2016.1161842  

Jalil, O, Claydon, LS, Arulampalam, T (2015) Review of neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone for locally advanced rectal cancer. Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer 46 (3): 219-236. DOi 10.1007/s12029-015-9739-7 

De Gouveia De Sa, M, Claydon, LS, Whitlow, B, Dolcet Artahona, MA (2015) Minimal Access versus Open sacrocolpopexy in the treatment of prolapse of the apical segment of the vagina: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Urogynecology Journal. DOI 10.1007/s00192-015-2765-y  

De Gouveia De Sa, M, Claydon, LS, Whitlow, B, Dolcet Artahona, MA (2015) Robotic versus laparoscoptic sacrocolpopexy in the treatment of prolapse of the apical segment of the vagina: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Urogynecology Journal.  doi: 10.1007/s00192-015-2763-0.  

Mehta, P. Claydon, LS. Hendrick, P. Cook, C. Baxter, GD. (2015) Pain and physical functioning in neuropathic pain: a systematic review of psychometric properties of various outcome measures. Pain Practice DOI. 10.1111/papr.12293    

Kannan, P. Chapple, CM. Miller, D. Claydon, LS. Baxter, GD (2015) Effects of an exercise intervention on menstrual pain and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea:  rationale, design, and interventions of a randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2015.03.010.   

Claydon, LS. (2015) Scientific Rigour in Quantitative Research. Nursing Standard 29 (47) 43-48. 

Media experience

Period Pain: don’t let it stop you from exercising, The Conversation, 2019