Katherine Wilson is an Assistant Lecturer within the Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography Division at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Katherine is also registered with Health and Care Professions Council and a Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
After completing my BSc(hons) in Physiotherapy at QMU in 2006 I began my clinical career in NHS Lothian gaining a broad range of rotational experience before specialising in neurological rehabilitation. I have since worked in both NHS and private settings providing rehabilitation and long-term management for people with complex neurological conditions. I also enjoyed a brief voluntary role providing neurological physiotherapy in a rehabilitation centre in rural Bangladesh.
I have a special interest in stroke rehabilitation and increasing physical activity within this population. Through my community based work with stroke survivors I became interested in the role of physiotherapists (and other AHPs) in health promotion and went onto develop a stroke specialist health promotion stream within community stroke rehabilitation services in Edinburgh. Following this, I decided to broaden my knowledge of the wider determinants of health and their impact on health outcomes and undertook a Masters in Public Health (MPH) through the University of Manchester. I am passionate about the potential of the AHP workforce to contribute towards greater population health in addition to impacting the individual they are working with.
I have been heavily involved in education throughout my clinical career both as a clinical educator and in contributing to third sector education materials such as the CHSS education programme and as an author on the STARs modules. To compliment my interests in education I am about to undertake a Post-Graduate Certification in Higher Education.
Past research involvement has focused on the role of physical activity following stroke. I participated in the ReCREATE project undertaken by Edinburgh University investigating the effectiveness of a tool to reduce sedentary behaviour following stroke where I was involved in stroke survivor recruitment and intervention development.
Active research interests:
Reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity in people living with long term neurological conditions.
The role of AHPs in public health.
Inequity of health and rehabilitation outcomes
Teaching and Learning
My primary teaching area is Neurological Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy and I teach on both the M(Phys) and MSc (pre-reg) courses. In addition, I provide teaching on the management and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries on the Advancement of Clinical Practice modules.
Clinical Studies 3: Neurological Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy (PG)
Neurological Physiotherapy (UG)
Advancement of Clinical Management (UG)
Advancement of Physiotherapy Practice (PG)