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Dr Helen Hawley-Hague BA. MA. PhD

Photograph of Helen Hawley-Hague

ProFouND Scientific Coordinator/Research Fellow

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
The University of Manchester
Jean McFarlane Building
University Place
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL


Dr Helen Hawley-Hague obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011, her work focused on older adults’ uptake and adherence to exercise classes and the role of the exercise instructor. She has worked both in Public Health and in research looking at falls and fracture identification and prevention and exercise pathways for over 12 years. She was awarded the MRC Centenary Award in 2012 to further develop her PhD work as a postdoctoral researcher and looked at the delivery of evidence based strength and balance exercise programmes in practice.  She was the Research Associate and Communication and Dissemination Manager for the FARSEEING project and led the work on the taxonomy and on behaviour change and attitudes towards technology, including advising on the design of technology so as to encourage older people’s engagement with it. For further information please go to She is now the Scientific Coordinator for ProFouND- The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination, and has just been awarded an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (focused on smartphone technology and delivery of evidence based strength and balance for falls prevention within health services).



  • Boulton, E., Hawley-Hague, H., Vereijken, B., Clifford, A., Guldemond, N., Pfeiffer, K., ... Todd, C. (2016).

    Developing the FARSEEING Taxonomy of Technologies: Classification and Description of Technology Use (including ICT) in Falls Prevention Studies. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 61, 132-140. DOI:10.1016/j.jbi.2016.03.017. Publication link: c97743ca-aa0c-4c72-96cc-4c320cb843c8 | PubMed:27018213
  • Hawley-Hague, H., Horne, H., Skelton, S., Todd, C. A., & C, . U. (2016).

    Older adults' uptake and adherence to exercise classes: An instructor's perspective.Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 24(1), 119-128. DOI:10.1123/japa.2014-0108. Publication link: 9515245b-45c4-4950-bd5a-a3f0ec5d1b29
  • Hawley-Hague, H., Horne, M., Skelton, D. A., & Todd, C. (2016).

    A review of how we should define (and measure) adherence in studies examining older adults’ participation in exercise classes. BMJ Open. . Publication link: 92297df5-2f5d-4f29-a83c-709f2fd08976



  • Hawley-Hague, H., Horne, M., Campbell, M., Demack, S., Skelton, D. A., & Todd, C. (2013).

    Multiple levels of influence on older adults’ attendance and adherence to community exercise classes. The Gerontologist. . Publication link: ae9ca76f-2846-4552-9954-f751d10c43cd


  • Hawley-Hague, H., Blake, H., & Hawley, H. (2012).

    Effects of tai chi exercise on physical and psychological health of older people. Current Aging Science, 5(1), 19-27. DOI:10.2174/1874609811205010019. Publication link: 99098849-b1e8-413c-be1f-b91bb32c901a
  • Hawley-Hague, H., M. Skelton, D., Hawley, H. C., & A. Todd, C. (2012).

    Are attitudes of exercise instructors who work with older adults influenced by their training and personal characteristics?. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20(1), 47-63. . Publication link: 8fc6053b-093e-4594-b555-b0e8df2c11d9


  • Hawley-Hague, H., Taylor, . U., Hawley, G., & H., . U. (2010).

    Health and Society: Key Debates in Health Care. Maiden Head: Open University Press.. Publication link: 30d20787-0dbc-4578-ad55-2449f44946ef


  • Hawley-Hague, H., & Hawley, H. (2009).

    Older adults? perspectives on home exercise after falls rehabilitation: Understanding the importance of promoting healthy, active ageing. Health Education Journal, 68(3), 207-218. DOI:10.1177/0017896909339533. Publication link: 5abadd3c-1dbb-4d20-b75a-1cdf17b8d6c0

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