Lyndsey Ackerman is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University.

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. I started my Physiotherapy career in a large Teaching Hospital in Leeds gaining broad rotational experience before specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2000. I have worked in a large variety of Musculoskeletal settings in the Private sector and the NHS including Primary, Secondary Care and a Chronic Pain Service. My last role was as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedics which involved the triage of patients from Orthopaedic waiting lists to appropriate investigations and conservative treatment or surgical intervention as indicated.   

I have extensive post-graduate training in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and completed my MSc in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Studies at the University of Bradford in 2010. My research interest at that time was the clinical presentation of acetabular labral tears. I also have post-graduate qualifications in Injection Therapy and Hand Therapy.  

I am passionate about person-centred care and the importance of the therapeutic alliance. I have a strong interest in factors associated with the transition from acute to chronic pain and how we as physiotherapists can potentially affect these. My interest in the area of chronic/persistent pain began during a specific module on this topic during my MSc. Whilst working in a local Chronic Pain Service I was a key member of the multidisciplinary team that set up a Specialist Pain Management Programme for patients with long term pain conditions. I also completed specialist training in the assessment and management of patients with persistent pain whilst working in NHS Borders and NHS Lothian.   

I am currently working towards a Post-Graduate certificate in Higher Education to compliment my clinical skills and knowledge that will lead to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

Affiliations/Memberships to other organisations:

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council,  
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy,  
  • Member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association.  

I completed a Delphi study to gain expert consensus on the clinical presentation of acetabular labral tears as part of my MSc. I have also been involved as a therapist in numerous research studies including eccentric loading in Achilles tendinopathy, the Shoulder Window of Opportunity (SWOP) Trial and more recently the Lessening the Impact of Fatigue in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases Trial (LIFT). I was also involved in numerous Service Evaluations whilst working in the NHS. I currently supervise both pre and post-registration projects predominantly in the area of Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy.   

Active Research Interests:

Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Factors affecting the transition from acute to chronic pain, Tendinopathy, Pain Management.   

Research Methods:

Quantitative research:

  • Surveys 
  • Delphi studies 

 Audit and Service Evaluations  

My primary teaching area is Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy. I also teach Anatomy within the Foundations modules on the under-graduate and pre-registration programmes. In addition, I provide teaching on the Assessment and Management of Complex/persistent pain within the Advancing Practice modules.

  • Foundations of Physiotherapy (UG) 
  • Foundations of Health Science (PG) 
  • Principles of Rehabilitation (UG) 
  • Physiotherapy Practice 1: Neuromusculoskeletal (UG) 
  • Clinical Studies 2: Neuromusculoskeletal (PG) 
  • Advancement of Clinical Management (UG) 
  • Advancement of Physiotherapy Practice (PG)