Dña. Gráinne Donnelly

  • Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health
  • Incoming Co-Editor for the Journal of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (Autumn 2022)
  • CSP N. Ireland Board Member
  • Associate member for the Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group at Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Specialist Advisor for the Active Pregnancy Foundation

Description general

  • BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy 2008 from the University of Ulster, N. Ireland.
  • PgCert in Continence for Physiotherapists in 2018 from the University of Bradford
  • MSc in Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy in 2022 from University of Ulster, N. Ireland

Other training

  • 2010 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2010 Introduction to the assessment and management of Urinary Incontinence, POGP, UK
  • 2010 Advanced manual therapy for the pelvic floor, Maeve Whelan, ISCP
  • 2011 Physiotherapy assessment and management of pregnancy related low back and  pelvic pain, POGP, UK
  • 2012 Introduction to the assessment and management of Faecal Incontinence, POGP, UK
  • 2013 Explain Pain, WHSCT inhouse training course
  • 2014 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Physiotherapists
  • 2014 Solution focused brief intervention skills
  • 2014 Cyriax Lumbar Spine and SIJ
  • 2016 Introduction to real-time ultrasound imaging in pelvic health, Dr Ruth Jones, UK
  • 2016 Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, Assessment and Management, Diane Lee, London
  • 2016 Advanced assessment and management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, Taryn Hallam
  • 2019 Clinical evaluation of the postpartum female runner, Julie Wiebe
  • 2019 Ultrasound imaging for the pelvic floor, ISUOG, London
  • 2019 Adult safeguarding – Identifying and managing domestic and sexual violence, Women’s Aid NI


  • Smith, M., Donnelly, G.M., Berry, L. et al. Point of care ultrasound in pelvic health: scope of practice, education and governance for physiotherapists. Int Urogynecol J (2022).
  • Donnelly GM, Moore IS, Brockwell E, et al. Reframing return-to-sport postpartum: the 6 Rs framework British Journal of Sports Medicine Published Online First: 26 November 2021.
  • Donnelly, GM, James, ML, Coltman, CE, Brockwell, E, Perkins, J, Moore IS. Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum Part B, Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: March 10, 2022 – Volume – Issue –
  • James, ML., Moore, IS., Donnelly, GM., Brockwell, E, Perkins, J., Coltman, CE. Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum, Part A, Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: January 18, 2022 – Volume – Issue –
  • Donnelly, GM, Brockwell, E, Rankin, A, Moore, IS. Beyond the Musculoskeletal System: Considering Whole-Systems Readiness for Running Postpartum, Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: January/March 2022 – Volume 46 – Issue 1 – p 48-56
  • Fuentes-Aparicio L, Balasch-Bernat M, López-Bueno L. Add-On Effect of Postural Instructions to Abdominopelvic Exercise on Urinary Symptoms and Quality of Life in Climacteric Women with Stress Urinary Incontinence. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):928. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18030928
  • Moore, IS, James, M, Brockwell, E, Perkins, J, Jones, A, & Donnelly, G (2021) Multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial factors contributing to return to running and running related stress urinary incontinence in postpartum women. British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • Fuentes Aparicio F, Rejano-Campo M, Donnelly GM, Vincente-Campos V Self-Reported symptoms in women with diastasis rectus abdominis: A systematic review Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction 2021 50(7)
  • Donnelly GM, Rankin A, Mills H et al Infographic. Guidance for medical, health and fitness professionals to support women in returning to running postnatally British Journal of Sports Medicine 2020;54:1114-1115
  • Donnelly G Diastasis rectus abdominis: physiotherapy management Journal of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy 124 (Spring), 15–19

Participation in conferences

  • Santry Sports Medicine Conference 2019 – Returning to running postpartum
  • Therapy Live 2020 – Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
  • Therapy Live 2021 – Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
  • American Sports Medicine Association (AMSSM) Annual General Conference – Return-to-sport postpartum
  • BICAP, Bruge 2022 – Whole-systems factors impacting returning to running postpartum – new concepts and research
  • BJSM Live 2022 – Return-to-Sport Postpartum, the 6Rs Framework