Acting Head of Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography, Senior Lecturer

Division: Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Fiona Macmillan (M.C.S.P, Ph.D (Bioengineering) is a Senior Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. She is also a Full member of Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research.

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

Dr Fiona Macmillan is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy. Upon qualifying as a Physiotherapist, she worked for a number of years within the NHS, latterly at Senior level, and specialised in the physiotherapy management of general accident and emergency orthopaedic trauma, hand trauma and elective surgical orthopaedic rehabilitation. Fiona then took up a research post within the Bioengineering Unit at Strathclyde University, Glasgow and upon completion of her Ph.D at Strathclyde University she joined the staff of Queen Margaret University. Dr Macmillan’s primary areas of interest are Research, Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) and embedding Global Perspectives into university education and research.

Fiona teaches and co-ordinates a number of undergraduate, pre-registration and post-graduate modules within the field of Physiotherapy neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She is the Academic Link Person for Physiotherapy programmes validated by Queen Margaret University at the Athens and Thessaloniki campuses of Athens Metropolitan College, Greece. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and is registered as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is a Higher Education Representative for the CSP Scotland Board, is the Scottish Representative on the CSP Quality Assurance and Enhancement Group and is a member of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Physiotherapy Advisory Sub Group.

Fiona is the Queen Margaret University Physiotherapy Lead for Internationalisation and also has a Divisional role in developing Transnational Education initiatives across the Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography. Fiona is Chair of the QMU Academic Link Forum for International Collaborative Programmes within the Division.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy,
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Dr Fiona Macmillan was awarded her Ph.D (Bioengineering) in 1988 from The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Aspects of Biomechanics of the Upper Limb following Elbow Arthroplasty and following Phalangeal Fracture).

Her research is focussed on neuro-musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation. She is an experienced Director of Studies for Ph.D, Professional Doctorate, M.Phil, and M.Sc students at Queen Margaret University and at distance as a member of collaborative research teams overseas.

Current and past research includes studies on hypermobility syndrome in children, trigger point pain in trapezius muscle, red flag screening for serious pathology in cervical spine musculoskeletal disorders, computerised kinematic feedback in knee arthroplasty, knee joint stiffness in knee arthroplasty.

Fiona welcomes enquiries from students, physiotherapists and Centres wishing to undertake research in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Active Research Interests:

  • Neuro-musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation
  • Student transitions to UK Higher Education

Research Methods:

  • Quantitative and qualitative

Dr Fiona Macmillan is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and teaches and co-ordinates pre-registration and post-graduate modules in Physiotherapy neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fiona has a particular interest in quality enhancement in education. She is currently leading a divisional project to enhance the integration of global perspectives into the curricula across the QMU Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography.

Dr Macmillan is currently developing academic links with overseas Physiotherapy programmes and would like to hear from overseas Physiotherapy programmes who may wish to develop collaborative links.

 

Teaching:

Undergraduate

UG, P1132 Interprofessional Education 1: Teams and Team working

UG, P2136 Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1

UG P3126 Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2

Pre-registration Masters PM076 Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 1

Pre-registration Masters PM077 Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 2

Pre-registration Masters PM048 Research Project

Post-registration Masters PM086 Advancing Clinical Skills

In 2015 Dr Macmillan became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body which works with governments, universities and other higher education providers to raise the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Principal Fellowship recognizes commitment and contribution to education as a strategic leader. There are now a total of over 66,500 Fellows in the UK and internationally and Dr Macmillan joins a small group of just under 500 who have attained Principal Fellowship.