Sheffield Institute for
Translational Neuroscience

Dr Esther Hobson MRCP PhD FHEA

NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Neurology Speciality Registrar, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield


Research Interests

My main interest is looking at ways to improve the clinical care we deliver to patients and their families with chronic neurological conditions. I use techniques such as qualitative methods, clinical trials and user-centred design to develop and test innovative services (such as digitally enabled care), working with a team of clinical researchers headed by Professor Chris McDermott and the MND care and research centre.

Current Projects

I was lucky enough to be awarded a National Institute for Health Research funded doctoral fellowship.  This enabled me to work together with the clinical team at SITraN and Sheffield School of Health and Related Research to develop and test a handheld device that communicates with their MND care team. 

Since then I have been working as an NIHR clinical lecturer using the learning from this fellowship to develop digital healthcare for a wider range or neurological conditions.

I co-lead an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit study aimed at developing evidenced based tools to help staff help their patients with motor neurone disease get the most out of non-invasive ventilation.

My other interests are improving the way in which we manage other symptoms of motor neurone disease and deliver education and information to people living with and caring for people with neurological diseases.  I was involved with the development of the award winning website which translates evidence from a prospective study of gastrostomy feeding, led by SITraN, into information designed for patients and carers to help support them thinking about and using gastrostomy feeding.



Hobson, Esther V, Baird Wendy O, Partridge Rebecca, Cooper Cindy L, Mawson Susan, Quinn Ann, Shaw Pamela J, Walsh Theresa, Wolstenholme Daniel, and Mcdermott Christopher J. “The TiM System: Developing a Novel Telehealth Service to Improve Access to Specialist Care in Motor Neurone Disease Using User-Centered Design.” Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration 0, no. 0 (February 22, 2018): 1–11. doi:10.1080/21678421.2018.1440408.

White, S., Hobson, E. V., & Soreny, C. (2017). The development of the myTube website. Clinical Nutrition Focus, 9(1).

Hobson, E. V., Fazal, S., Shaw, P. J., & McDermott, C. J. (2017). “Anything that makes life’s journey better.” Exploring the use of digital technology by people living with motor neurone disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration, Published online first.

Hobson, E. V., & McDermott, C. J. (2016). Supportive and symptomatic management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Nature Reviews Neurology, 12(9), 526–538.

Hobson, E. V., Harwood, C. A., McDermott, C. J., & Shaw, P. J. (2016). Clinical aspects of motor neurone disease. Medicine, 44(9), 552–556.

McGeachan, A. J., Hobson, E. V., Al-Chalabi, A., Stephenson, J., Chandran, S., Crawley, F., et al. (2016). A multicentre evaluation of oropharyngeal secretion management practices in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, 1–9.

Hobson, E. V., Baird, W. O., Cooper, C. L., Mawson, S., Shaw, P. J., & McDermott, C. J. (2016). Using technology to improve access to specialist care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A systematic review. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration, 17(5-6), 313–324.

McGeachan, A. J., Hobson, E. V., Shaw, P. J., & McDermott, C. J. (2014). Developing an outcome measure for excessive saliva management in MND and an evaluation of saliva burden in Sheffield. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration, 16(1-2), 108–113.

Hobson, E. V., McGeachan, A., Al-Chalabi, A., Chandran, S., Crawley, F., Dick, D., et al. (2013). Management of sialorrhoea in motor neuron disease: a survey of current UK practice. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration, 14(7-8), 521–527.


I undertook my pre-clinical medical training at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge University and achieved a first class degree in Experimental Psychology in 2003. I moved to Green College, Oxford University where I graduated from my clinical medical training with a Proxime Accessit award in 2006 whilst spending much of my time coxing the winning 2005 lightweight mens’ boatrace crew.  I undertook my junior doctor training in Oxfordshire and South Yorkshire before becoming a neurology registrar at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 2010.  I entered the NIHR academic training programme, completing a PhD between 2014 and 2018 before becoming a clinical lecturer.

Outside of medicine I enjoy mountain biking and exploring the beautiful outdoors around Sheffield. 



National Institute for Health Academic Clinical Fellowship, University of Sheffield, 2012-2014

National Institute for Health Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Sheffield 2014-2017

National Institute for Health Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, University of Sheffield 2018-


Teaching Interests

I have been module lead for the Neuro-inflammation module on the MSc course in Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield since it’s inception in 2014.  I am module lead for the neurology module speech and language therapists at the University of Sheffield and co-lead for the phase 3a undergraduate neurology medical training.  I’m interested in improving teaching methods and developing transferrable skills in research.


Contact Details

Department of Neuroscience
University of Sheffield
385a Glossop Road
S10 2HQ


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