I undertook an MA in Education here at MMU, considering professionalism in undergraduate physiotherapists. Previuosly, I gained a distinction in an MSc in Rehabilitation at Nottingham University, investigating paediatric lower back problems.
I have worked at the university since 2002 as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Professions within Physiotherapy. Prior to joining MMU, I worked as a paediatric physiotherapist in the East Midlands and Manchester, specialising in the management of Cystic Fibrosis and neonatal care. I have also worked at another university teaching across the phyiotherapy programmes.
I am joint Programme Leader for the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme and am cohort leader for the first years. I am also the admissions tutor for the MSc Advanced Physiotherapy programme. I teach across all the Cardio Respiratory units at BSc and MSc level and on the Management of Acutely and Critically Ill Patients optional unit on the pre-registration MSc. I run the first year MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy cardiorespiratory unit and teach Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology to the first year undergraduates.
My previous research interests have been mainly focussed around professionalism in undergraduate physiotherapy, both in clinical and university settings. I am interested in how these skills are acquired and how they are displayed and assessed by student health care professionals in practice. My clinical research experience was investigating the causes and prevention of lower back pain problems in adolescents using a survey method.
I am currently interested in the use of augmented reality to enhance teacing and learning in the physiotherapy curriculum. I am involved in research into undergraduate admissions including the merits of grading systems for UCAS personal statements and interviews and into internationalisation and overseas student admission to physiotherapy programmes.
I was awarded the MMU Teaching Award for Best Personal Tutor in 2010 and is honoured to have been nominated for three subsequent awards for teaching.