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David is the Principal Physiotherapist for the Neurology and Vestibular Physiotherapy Department at St George’s Hospital, where he combines extensive clinical expertise with groundbreaking research to provide exceptional care to patients with complex neurological and vestibular conditions.

He obtained a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy from Keele University in 2009. He has since obtained a prestigious Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and completed his PhD in the Department of Health Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London in 2022. His doctoral research focussed on developing a successful rehabilitation program for individuals suffering from persistent dizziness, known as the INVEST trial. He continues to incorporate research into his clinical practice, and is involved in a number of ongoing clinical studies. He also conducts peer review and serves on the editorial board of scientific journals, including the Journal of Concussion and Frontiers in Neurology.

David is a highly respected clinician with a global reputation for his expertise in vestibular rehabilitation. He has earned advanced accreditation in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory and Duke University in the USA, demonstrating his commitment to providing the highest level of care to his patients. He previously worked at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital balance clinic, and now leads the vestibular physiotherapy clinic at St George’s Hospital, London.

David is also passionate about education and leadership. He is the director of the UK Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course, which allows him to train and mentor the next generation of physiotherapists, ensuring that the highest standards of care are upheld. He is also part of the teaching faculty for advanced adult and paediatric vestibular courses at the University College London Ear Institute. He is a frequent invited speaker at other national and international conferences and events, and has previously served as the Chair of the UK physiotherapy special interest group for vestibular rehabilitation (ACPIVR).

Areas of Expertise

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Neuro-Otology
  • PPPD (chronic dizziness)
  • Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Falls & Balance Rehabilitation

Health & Care Professions Council Registration

Number PH91739

Professional Membership

  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Vestibular
  • Rehabilitation (ACPIVR)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Functional Neurological Disorder Society (FNDS)

Awards and grants

2023 Translational and Clinical Research Institute (TACRI) Senior Research Fellowship, St Georges Hospital
2023 ACPIVR Research Grant
2016 NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship Award
2015 Care Award, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Book Chapters

Meldrum D., Burrows, L., Herdman, D., McConn-Walsh, R. (2023). Vestibular Rehabilitation. In Lennon, S., Ramdharry, G., Verheyden, G. Physical Management for Neurological Conditions. Fifth ed. United Kingdom: Elsevier

Publications

Herdman D., Ahmad H., Antoniades G., Bailur G., Pajaniappane A., Moss P. (2023). Developing an implementation intervention for managing acute vertigo in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2023-213344

Picariello, F., Chilcot, J., Chalder, T., Herdman, D., & Moss-Morris, R. (2023). The Cognitive and Behavioural Responses to Symptoms Questionnaire (CBRQ): Development, reliability and validity across several long-term conditions. British Journal of Health Psychology, 00, 1– 20. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12644

Herdman, D., Norton, S., Murdin, L., Frost, K., Pavlou, M., & Moss-Morris, R. (2022). The INVEST trial: a randomised feasibility trial of psychologically informed vestibular rehabilitation versus current gold standard physiotherapy for people with Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness. Journal of neurology, 269(9), 4753–4763. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-022-11107-w

Herdman, D., Picariello, F., & Moss-Morris, R. (2022). Validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire Anxiety and Depression Scale (PHQ-ADS) in Patients With Dizziness. Otology & neurotology: official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology, 43(3), e361–e367. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0000000000003460

Herdman, D., Norton, S., Pavlou, M., Murdin, L., & Moss-Morris, R. (2021). Protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study of psychologically informed vestibular rehabilitation for people with persistent dizziness: INVEST trial. Pilot and feasibility studies, 7(1), 156. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-021-00896-y

Herdman, D., Evetovits, A., Everton, H. D., & Murdin, L. (2021). Is ‘persistent postural perceptual dizziness’ a helpful diagnostic label? A qualitative exploratory study. Journal of vestibular research: equilibrium & orientation, 31(1), 11–21. https://doi.org/10.3233/VES-201518

Herdman, D., Norton, S., Pavlou, M., Murdin, L., & Moss-Morris, R. (2020). The Role of Prediagnosis Audiovestibular Dysfunction Versus Distress, Illness-Related Cognitions, and Behaviors in Predicted Ongoing Dizziness Handicap. Psychosomatic medicine, 82(8), 787–795. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000857

Herdman, D., Norton, S., Pavlou, M., Murdin, L., & Moss-Morris, R. (2020). Vestibular deficits and psychological factors correlating to dizziness handicap and symptom severity. Journal of psychosomatic research, 132, 109969. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.109969

Herdman, D., Sharma, H., Simpson, A., & Murdin, L. (2020). Integrating mental and physical health assessment in a neuro-otology clinic: feasibility, acceptability, associations and prevalence of common mental health disorders. Clinical medicine (London, England), 20(1), 61–66. https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmed.2019-0156