After graduating from St Andrews University, I started my training to be a physiotherapist. Having spent my clinical years working in the hospitals around Rochdale, I joined the Manchester School of Physiotherapy as a Teacher of Physiotherapy and completed my Masters in Public Health at the University of Manchester. I joined MMU with the rest of the physiotherapy staff in 2004.
As Head of Department of Health Professions, I continue to promote interprofessional collaboration across the Department and the Faculty.
My current areas of interest are interprofessional learning, interprofessional working and service user and carer experiences of health care.
JM. Wright, K. Heathcote, C. Wibberley (2014). Fact or fiction: Exploring the use of real stories in place of vignettes in interviews with informal carers. Nurse Researcher. 21(4), pp.39-43.
2002 "Clinical placements in Primary care- Findings from a survey" Invited Speaker at Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Congress, Birmingham
2010 International Interprofessional Education (IPE) Conference, MMU; in collaboration with University of Manchester and University of Salford.
As Physiotherapy Placement Lead and then as Faculty Principal Lecturer Placement Learning, I developed a North West Regional common assessment tool for physiotherapy students in collaboration with academic colleagues from four other Universities and with partners from professional practice. The assessment tool continues to be used with current physiotherapy students. I initiated interprofessional learning on placement for nursing, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy students. This work has been recognised nationally at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2013 in being awarded Partnership of the Year Award with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.