Retirement of Professor Doreen McClurg

Published on: 14/03/2022

Congratulations and best wishes to Professor Doreen McClurg on her retirement from the NMAHP Research Unit. We want to sincerely thank Prof. McClurg for her astounding dedication to improving bowel, bladder and pelvic health in people worldwide.

Doreen joined the NMAHP RU in 2008 as a Research Fellow following completion of her PhD in Belfast. Within a very brief space of time she proved herself as a leading academic Physiotherapist with a large and consistent portfolio of research in areas such as: abdominal massage for constipation and particularly for people with neurological disorders such as MS and Parkinson’s; self-catheterisation; UTIs; pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor muscle training, among others. Doreen’s international academic reputation meant she was also invited to Chair several high profile national and international organisations such as:

  • the Association for Continence Advice
  • the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health
  • the Bowel, Bladder and Sexual Dysfunction Grou
  • the Physiotherapy Committee of the Multi-Disciplinary International Continence Society
  • the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists Group

among others.

Doreen also sat on the NICE Guideline Development Group for Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and took on a final role on the most recent (2022) Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub-panel which was a huge academic undertaking – especially as she was supposed to be winding down. In addition, Doreen’s work has had a large impact on the education of physiotherapists and nurses across the UK in the fields of pelvic health and continence. She has mentored so many staff and PhD students over the years that her legacy of influence will continue well beyond her retirement. We wish you well Doreen but we know you will not be putting your feet up, just taking on new challenges. We are grateful for all your support and dedication to the NMAHP Research Unit and will miss you very much. Best wishes, from NMAHP-RU.