Lecturer and MSc Placement co-ordinator Physiotherapy


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Amanda Stears (MSc Professional and Higher Education, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy) is a Lecturer and MSc Placement co-ordinator Physiotherapy in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

Amanda has had a varied career working in both agriculture and finance before retraining to become a Physiotherapist in 1998. After graduating from Queen Margaret University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy she completed her rotations before specialising in working with Adults with Learning Disabilities and later adults with Chronic Respiratory Conditions becoming clinical lead for the East and Midlothian Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service. During her time in her Learning Disability post she was nominated by Paths for All for a PAHA award for her work within this group for the introduction of Walking groups to East and Midlothian. In 2009 she joined the Pulmonary Rehabilitation service in East and Midlothian CHP becoming clinical lead in 2010. During this time she developed the concept of Telehealth within her team as part of a national 5 health board pilot. This work led to a nomination at the Allied Health Awards in London in 2011 where the team were runners up in their category. They were invited back in 2012 to discuss their results and won their category “Improving Quality and demonstrating Impact” in 2012. Amanda has continued to work closely with the respiratory MCN, external stakeholders, NHS 24 and the Scottish Centre for Telehealth. Believing passionately in the value of education she has recently completed an MSc in Professional and Higher Education and is working in a teaching post at Queen Margaret University where she is looking to develop research skills in Tele-rehabilitation. Clinical areas of interest are Respiratory Physiotherapy and Dementia Care across the health profession. In 2015 Amanda piloted an online module in Dementia care for undergraduate students. This is now being offered annually to students who have an interest in Dementia.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Member of the Health Professions Council
  • Fellow of the Higher education academy

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter: @amandaahp1

Active Research Interests:

  • Dementia care
  • Person Centered Care
  • Respiratory physiotherapy

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative research


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

I teach across a range of subjects from cardiorespiratory physiotherapy management to Interventions in health promotion and introduction to professional studies. I am also responsible for managing and developing Practice Placements for the MSc Physiotherapy Pre Registration students.


BSc/MSc P1131 Living Well with Dementia (on line module)

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

  • P2137 Cardio respiratory physiotherapy
  • P1126 Introduction to professional studies.

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

  • PM079 cardio respiratory physiotherapy management
  • P4142 Foundations for practice based learning
  • P4124 Practice Based Learning 1
  • P4125 Practice Based Learning 2
  • P4126 Practice Based Learning 3
  • P4127 Practice Based Learning 4
  • P4128 Practice Based Learning 5
  • PM091Interventions in Health promotion

School-Wide Modules (Inter-professional)

  • D1159 Integrating Module 1 Physical Activity Health and Wellbeing
  • NM291 Advanced Approaches Practice to Patient Assessment (module team)
  • CPR (Heart Start trainer)