I qualified as a physiotherapist from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1995 and following this worked at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1998 I commenced a PhD studentship at Queen Margaret University in the area of stroke rehabilitation and during this time continued working clinically in the area of critical care. Following completion of my PhD in 2002 I worked as a locum physiotherapist across a number of different specialty areas before taking up a post as a Physiotherapy lecturer at Queen Margaret University in 2003, specialising in cardio-respiratory and neurological teaching. At the beginning of 2006 I started as Research Fellow within the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research at Edinburgh University undertaking research evaluating rehabilitation in Critical Care and stroke. I am a member of the Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group, a multi-disciplinary team undertaking varied research in the area of Critical Care. In 2016 I rejoined the Physiotherapy team at Queen Margaret University as a Lecturer.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
My research interests lie in the area of rehabilitation and include studies in the areas of recovery from critical illness and stroke rehabilitation. Work to date has included the development of outcome measures, evaluation of rehabilitation interventions, exploring patient experiences and more recently developing tele-rehabilitation resources for patients after critical illness. I have been co-investigator for a number of studies including the STATT treadmill trial (Stroke), Functional Electrical Stimulation in sub-acute stroke, the RECOVER evaluation of rehabilitation after critical illness, RELINQUISH an exploration of healthcare and support needs after critical, PROFILE a mixed methods study investigating acute readmission to hospital after critical illness and an evaluation of early mobilisation in intensive care. I aim to contribute to the evidence base of physiotherapy and rehabilitation to improve patient outcomes and experiences.
Active Research Interests:
- Rehabilitation; Critical Illness; Stroke; Outcome Measures; Patient Experience; Physiotherapy
- Clinical Trials; Complex Interventions; Mixed Methods; Qualitative
My teaching includes modules on the undergraduate BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy and postgraduate MSc(Pre-Reg) Physiotherapy and MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice courses including supervision of research projects.