My current appointment at QMU is an innovative response to the requirements for workforce development and widening participation in Higher Education in Scotland. Health and Social Care Integration offers opportunities for innovation with new roles emerging from cross sector working. This is an opportunity to embed constructs of wellbeing and salutogenesis within a degree focused on the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for working with others to improve their health and wellbeing.
The BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing (PAWS) is based on current Governmental, NHS and Professional practice policy drivers, vision and expertise from across the university, and external partnerships. The alignment of the programme with the QMU and School of Health Sciences Vision of partnership working and community engagement is critical for success and sustainability. Degree programme content includes the theory and practice of promoting healthy behaviours such as increasing physical activity, and engaging in social enterprise and community development in different environments with a wide range of service users.
I currently undertake external examining roles for pre and post registration Physiotherapy programmes, and have experience in collaborative and franchised Physiotherapy programmes with international providers.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)
- Physiotherapy New Zealand (MPNZ)
- Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
- The Society for Research in Rehabilitation
- Physiotherapy Research Society (PRS)
- The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
- The Physiological Society
My research interests focus on promoting physical activity and improving exercise prescription for patient populations. I am currently developing new projects evaluating impact of physical activity interventions. I am also interested in innovation in the education and development of health care professions.
Active Research Interests:
- Physical Activity, Health Promotion, Public Health, Rehabilitation, Exercise, Teaching and learning
Teaching and Learning Areas:
- Physical activity, health and wellbeing
- Health promotion
- Public health
- Professional development
- Human physiology
- Academic and research skills
BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy, UK. (2013)
PhD, University of East London (2005)
BSc, Physiology, University of Auckland, NZ (1991)
Diploma in Physiotherapy, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand (1987)