Mrs Jennifer Williams

Mrs Jennifer Williams

Honorary Clinical Research Associate

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



Graduating in 2014 from University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry, Jennifer joined the NHS Podiatry team in Torbay. Today, Jennifer has a dual role as a Podiatry Team Lead with Specialist Interest in Diabetic Foot and as a NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic fellowship holder linked to Plymouth University. Within her NHS role Jennifer specialises in the offloading and management of the active diabetic foot, working as part of the multi-discipinary team as an independent prescriber. Whilst her research interest aims to promote the engagement of individuals with their diabetes management and foot self-care to prevent and manage foot ulceration.


BSc (Hons) Podiatry, University of Plymouth 2014

MPhil Biological Science, University of Plymouth 2013

BSc (Hons) Biological Science, University of Plymouth 2003

Professional membership

HCPC registered

Royal College of Podiatry



Research interests

Jennifer is a member of the BEUP (Balance Enhancement and Ulcer Prevention in Diabetes) research team. Her personal research interests focus on improving patient activation with health care needs to support self-care and self-management in those with diabetes and at risk of developing complications in the lower limb. 

Jennifer is currently completing a NIHR funded Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic fellowship with the aim to develop a PhD application to evaluate interventions to support behaviour change. 

Grants & contracts

2020. £44,553. J Williams, R Collings, J Paton. NIHR. ICA-PCAF.




Paton, J., Abey, S., Hendy, P., Williams, J., Collings, R. and Callaghan, L., 2021. Behaviour change approaches for individuals with diabetes to improve foot self-management: a scoping review. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 14(1), pp.1-14.

Williams, J., Collings, R., Paton, J. Exploring patient experiences of diabetes education to reduce foot complications as part of a service evaluation: qualitative, focus group methodology. Diabetic Foot Journal, 24 (4)

Other Publications

Jennifer Williams, Joanne Paton, Richard Collings, Bridie Kent. Systematic review protocol: prevalence and incidence of mental health issues, amongst adults with diabetes at risk of foot complications, within Europe and the UK. PROSPERO 2021 CRD42021260815 Available from: