Mr Richard Collings

Mr Richard Collings

NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship Researcher

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


NIHR Clinical Doctoral Researcher


Graduating from Plymouth University in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry, Richard undertook an MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics in 2013 at Stafford University. Richard started his PhD in April 2016 with a prestigious NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship. His research is looking at incorporating an instant insole solution into NHS practice for ulcer prevention in people with diabetes. He currently works part time on his PhD and part time in the NHS in his role as a Team Lead Podiatrist, specialising in Musculoskeletal disorders. Richard has been a member of the Balance Enhancement and Ulcer Prevention (BEUP) collaborative for the last 4 years and as part of the Rehabilitation team for the School for Health Professions.

Professional membership

Health and Care Professions Council Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists

Research interests

Biomechanics of the diabetic foot Mixed methods clinical trials Implementation of research into clinical practice

Grants & contracts

2016. £270,330. R Collings. NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship. Reducing foot plantar pressure in people with diabetes using an instant insole solution: a mixed methods pilot study. 2014. £25,079. R Collings, J Paton. Torbay Medical Research Fund. Study title: Prevention of foot ulcer recurrence in people with diabetes using an in-shoe pressure measurement system technology.

Glasser, S., Paton, J., Collings, R., & Marsden, J. (2016). Frontal plane postural control: A comparison of people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy and healthy controls. Foot and Ankle Surgery, 22(2), 31.

Glasser, S., Paton, J., Collings, R., & Marsden, J. (2016). The effects of ankle foot orthoses and stance width in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Foot and Ankle Surgery, 22(2), 32.

 Paton, J., Glasser, S., Collings, R., & Marsden, J. (2016). Getting the right balance: Insole design alters static balance in people with diabetic neuropathy. Foot and Ankle Surgery, 22(2), 65-66

Collings R, Paton J, Chockalingham N, Gorst T, Marsden J. Effects of the site and extent of plantar cutaneous stimulation on dynamic balance and muscle activity while walking. The Foot, 2015. 5(3):159-63.

S.Glasser, R.Collings, J.Paton, J.Marsden. Effect of experimentally reduced distal sensation on postural response to hip abductor/ankle evertor muscle vibration. Gait and Posture, 42(2):193-8

 Joanne Paton, Richard Collings, Sam Glasser, Bridie Kent. The effects of foot and ankle devices on balance, gait and falls in adults with sensory perception loss: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 2014;12(11) 74 – 91.

Joanne Paton, Anne Roberts, Sam Glasser, Richard Collings, Jon Marsden All I wanted was a pair of shoes”: A qualitative case study The Diabetic Foot Journal, 2014, Vol 17, No 3, pages 100–106.