Mr Richard Collings

Mr Richard Collings

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



Honorary Clinical Research Fellow (University of Plymouth)

NIHR/CAHPR AHP Research Champion, SW peninsula


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 finished his PhD in 2021 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 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 11 years and as part of the Rehabilitation team for the School for Health Professions.

Professional membership

Health and Care Professions Council

Royal College of Podiatry

Roles on external bodies

Royal College Of Podiatry Research, Development and Innovation committee

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Research and Development committee 

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Schools steering committee



Research interests

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

Grants & contracts

2018. £10,000. J WIlliams, S Levio, R Colllings. URGO foundation. Feasibility study for HOPE in people with diabetes at risk of foot ulceration.

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.

2014 £27,300 R Collings, J Paton. Torbay medical research fund. Pilot work involving in-shoe pressure measurement system on people at risk of diabetes foot problems. 



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


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.

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.

Paton J, Abey S, Hendy P, Williams J, Collings R & 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) , DOI Open access
Collings R, Freeman J, Latour JM & Paton J (2020) 'Footwear and insole design features for offloading the diabetic at risk foot - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses' Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism , DOI Open access
Collings RJ, Freeman J, Latour J, Glasser S, Vickery PJ, Enki D, Lepesis V & Paton J (2019) 'INSoles To Ease Pressure (INSTEP) Study: a multicentre, randomised controlled feasibility study to compare the effectiveness of a novel instant optimised insole with a standard insole for people with diabetic neuropathy: a study protoco' BMJ Open , DOI Open access
Collings RJ, Freeman J, latour JM, glasser S & paton J (2017) 'Footwear and insole design features to prevent foot ulceration in people with diabetes: a systematic review protocol' JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports , DOI Open access
Paton J, Glasser S, Collings R & Marsden J (2016) 'Getting the right balance: insole design alters the static balance of people with diabetes and neuropathy' JOURNAL OF FOOT AND ANKLE RESEARCH 9, Author Site , DOI Open access
Glasser S, Paton J, Collings R & Marsden J (2016) 'Frontal plane postural control: A comparison of people with diabetic peripheral neuropthy and healthy controls' Foot and Ankle Surgery 22, (2) 31-31 , DOI
Collings R, Paton J, Chockalingam N, Gorst T & Marsden J (2015) 'Effects of the site and extent of plantar cutaneous stimulation on dynamic balance and muscle activity while walking' Foot (Edinburgh, Scotland) 25, (3) 159-163 Open access
Glasser S, Collings R, Paton J & Marsden J (2015) 'Effect of experimentally reduced distal sensation on postural response to hip abductor/ankle evertor muscle vibration' Gait & Posture 42, (2) 193-198 , DOI Open access
Paton JS, Collings R, Glasser S & Kent B (2014) 'The effects of foot and ankle devices on balance, gait and falls in adults with sensory perception loss: a systematic review protocol' The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 12, 74-91