Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Teaching and supervision
Over my career, I have provided teaching to physiotherapists, other health professionals and patients. This has involved developing education sessions for people with persistent pain and leading cognitive behavioural therapy groups alongside psychology colleagues.
Over recent years, I have provided teaching at Teesside University to pre-registration physiotherapy students on the management of persistent pain. More recently I have been involved with postgraduate education at the University of Sunderland teaching onto the Non-medical Prescribing and Minor Injuries short courses.
Research interests for potential research students
- Developing physiotherapists fit for contemporary professional practice
- The prevention and management of persistent pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)
- Exploring the application of Mindfulness within physiotherapy practice
I have experience of carrying out research, service evaluation and clinical audit. I have had poster submissions accepted and presented at the British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting.
I started my career as a physiotherapist in a large acute hospital trust and gained experience working in intensive / high dependency and post-operative patient rehabilitation, medical rehabilitation, acute paediatric rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, rheumatology and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
I have predominantly worked in various musculoskeletal services as a physiotherapist including; orthopaedics, trauma clinic, general practice, acute hospitals, hydrotherapy, musculoskeletal gym and pain management. I have lead and developed a pain management physiotherapy service in a Clinical Specialist capacity.
I also have experience working in the private sector and supported sports clubs as a physiotherapist at an amateur level.
I have significant experience leading, developing and providing physiotherapy services across a large NHS Trust and within a larger multidisciplinary team. This has provided valuable leadership experience and insight into the benefits of inter-professional approaches and collaborative working.
I have developed my leadership skills through formal training, self-directed learning, feedback and through leadership roles I have held. I have applied these skills in both clinical and leadership positions.