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Dr Nichola Gale

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Health through Activity and Lifestyles and Technology

+44 (0)29 206 87758
2F25a, Cardigan House, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XW
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am Physiotherapy Lecturer with an interest in cardiorespiratory conditions. My research interests include the assessment and management of comorbidities in chronic lung disease, as well as the development and assessment of supportive interventions in people affected by cancer.

Within the School of Healthcare Sciences, I lead the Research Theme Optimising Health through Physical Activity and Lifestyles. I teach and supervise Undergraduate and Postgraduate Health Professionals, including PhD and MSc students.

I Co-lead the South Wales Hub for the Council for Allied Health Professionals Research (CAHPR) and Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC), non-medical research subtheme, including the all-Wales AHP and Nurse cancer research network and board


2019 to Date Senior Lecturer

2017-19 Post Doctoral Research Fellow (RCBCWales) (Cardiff University)

2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (Cardiff University)

2011 PhD 'Systemic Manifestations of Chronic Respiratory Disease’ (Cardiff University)

2006 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree (1st class) (Salford University)


















Post-Graduate Research Training: Data analysis (module lead)

Post-Graduate Taught programmes: Research methods, data analysis, critical appraisal, research proposal writing, respiratory physiology and pathophysiology, dissertation supervision

Undergraduate programmes: respiratory physiology, physiotherapy management of respiratory problems, dissertation, introduction to research, dissertation supervision

Basic Life support Level 4-6

My research interests include the management of chronic health conditions. I have a particular interest in chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, frailty and cancer. I develop and evaluate supportive interventions for people with chronic conditions, particular promoting physical activity. I am also involved in building research capacity in Healthcare Professionals

Current projects include:

Evaluation of hyperbaric oxygen for people with Long COVID

The codesign of a personalised activity and lifestyle tool for people with cancer (CAN-PAL)

Research grants

  • Cardiff University (Accelerate award) Evaluation of hyperbaric oxygen for people with Long COVID Co applicant £89,498

  • Cardiff University Innovation for all Fund: The codesign of a personalised activity and lifestyle tool for people with cancer (CAN-PAL) April - November 2022 (Principal Investigator; £11,194

  • 'Tenovus Cancer Care Identifying the unique contribution, impact and future direction of Tenovus Cancer Care April 2019-2021 (Co-applicant £58,577)

  • RCBCWales. Post Doctoral Fellowship 'The co-production of a home-based Activity programme for people with lung cancer and established weight loss (CoPAL)' September 2017-19 (Principal Investigator; £59,944)

  • Tenovus Cancer Care 'A study to investigate the effect of choral singing on quality of life, self-esteem and empowerment in participants with cancer, and their family or carers'  (Co-applicant; £96,656) May 2012-13

  • Tenovus Cancer Care. The Effect of Choral Singing on Quality of Life and Lung Function in Cancer Survivors and their Carers January 2010  (£7,942)

  • Tenovus Cancer Care 'The role of exercise in patients with cancer cachexia December December 2010-2012 (Co-applicant; £29,555)

  • Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales PhD studentship. Co-morbidities in patients with chronic respiratory disease June 2006-2010 (£36, 000)


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • The impact of comorbidities in chronic lung disease
  • The role of physical activity in chronic lung disease
  • Developing and evaluating supportive interventions in cancer

Current supervision

Mahfoudha Al Shezawi

Research student

Lynda Shaughnessy

Research student


Sara Pocknell

Research student

Rawan Alruwaili

Research student

Sujoy Saikia

Research student

Past projects

Mahfoudha Al-Shezawi (PhD) An Evaluation of Central and Cerebral Haemodynamic Interactions in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Awarded 2021)

Ali Albarrati (PhD) Longitudinal Evaluation of Novel Outcome Measure in COPD (Awarded 2014)

Trudy Faulkner (Professional Doctorate) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: accurate spirometry assessment and interpretation for chronic disease management in general practice: what are the barriers for practice nurses? (Awarded 2016)