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Sarah Westwater-Wood

Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Contact

  • workRoom B88 Division of Physiotherapy Education, Clinical Sciences Building
    Nottingham City Hospital
    Hucknall Road
    Nottingham
    NG5 1PB
    UK
  • work0115 82 31793

Biography

On graduating BSc Hons Physiotherapy from The University of Nottingham in 1996 I practiced clinically for seven years specializing in pediatric community care as a Senior I (extended scope)/ band 7 for the last two years. During that time and subsequently I have achieved a PGCHE (2005) MMed Sci Education (2009), the University of Nottingham Dearing Award (2010) and am submitting for PhD via research 31/10/2013.

Within the academic higher education field since 2003 I have experience in lecturing across all three undergraduate (UG) years and masters level, module convening, exams officer role and e-learning development and utilization. I am newly appointed external examiner for the university of Plymouth Physiotherapy Education Bachelor course and have been a committee member of the NREC for the Health Research Authority since December 2012. I take great pride and enjoyment in supporting the PCGHE course at the university of Nottingham with peer observation and portfolio module marking support and in taking numbers of UG student dissertations to dissemination at national and international conferences. It is also my privilege to be an invited reviewer for publications and funding bodies.

I attended the University of Oxfords' Centre for Evidence Based Medicine introductory and full teaching EBP courses and was very proud to be invited back as a facilitator (2012).

I am member of the Hop-On MRC and BLISS funded research project at The University of Nottingham (link: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/hop-on).

Expertise Summary

  • Dissertation supervision with both UG and Masters levels
  • Pediatric research with a physiotherapy focus
  • Innovation in teaching and learning

Teaching Summary

My teaching and learning interests cross all core modules for physiotherapy education including neuromusculoskeletal subjects with special interest in research methods and paediatrics. I have… read more

Research Summary

Paediatric Physiotherapy I am currently undertaking my PhD investigating balance, gait and training effects in children with Cerebral Palsy. This area of research originates from my paediatric… read more

Recent Publications

My teaching and learning interests cross all core modules for physiotherapy education including neuromusculoskeletal subjects with special interest in research methods and paediatrics. I have introduced critically appraised topics for physiotherapy students to implement on their clinical placements and am evaluating this project with colleagues (2013-2014). I strive for a collaborative learning engagement. I utilize any resource from multimedia, reusable learning tools, podcasts, presentations through to interactive activities to enrich and facilitate students' learning.

Current Research

Paediatric Physiotherapy I am currently undertaking my PhD investigating balance, gait and training effects in children with Cerebral Palsy. This area of research originates from my paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. I am interested in and enthusiastic to contribute to the evidence base from which clinical reasoning of treatment approaches for children and young adults with disabilities may be enhanced.

I welcome collaboration with any colleagues who might have an interest in service interactions with children, their families and careers.

Hop- On Project I am one of the AMR fund holders for this study investigating activity interventions for premature babies and their parents. More details to be found here; http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/hop-on

Reusable elearning tool

2008 MMedSci dissertation project developed and implemented a reusable e learning tool for paediatric physiotherapy education. This wireframe is able to be duplicated and now we have 4 case studies running. This work was published 2011.Thie project was presented at the UK CSP conference in 2009, INTED Valencia 2009 and subsequently at the Association for Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists conference September 2012. Both international and national presentations has bought interest in implementing the tool for inter professional learning and work based induction. Currently the NHS Scotland have implemented the tool for IPL and induction over 2010 and 2011. We are currently collaborating in expanding the range of case studies available.

Balance

I am part of a team investigating the kinetics in reaching activities. This project has ethical approval and is in the data collection phase. It is the first investigation of a series planned over the next few years. Presentation at WPT congress Amsterdam 2011 THE RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY OF THE SWAY-READER IN A NON-PATIENT POPULATION Chamberlain S.1, Blackburn M.2, Westwater-Wood S.2, Connell L.2, Clay D.3

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

I am supervising undergraduate projects investigating PNF, mainly quantitative in design. However, previously with a qualitative survey of physiotherapists view on their training and implementation of PNF in practice. Some broad themes currently under investigation include balance, contra lateral limb activity and core stability. Poster presented at CSP Congress 2003.

WESTWATER-WOOD S, ADAMS N, KERRY R, 2010. The use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in physiotherapy practice Physical Therapy Reviews. 15(1), 1-7

Pedagogy

I am currently part of a team mid way through a project investigating peer coaching in curriculum delivery and the influence of team selection techniques in an anatomy based module. The intervention phase will conclude this year with analysis concluding by the end of the 2006. The assessment aspect of the project was presented at WPT Amsterdam 2011. PEER COACHING AND PEER RESPONSIBILITY IN PHYSIOTHERAPY UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: A PRELIMINARY STUDY

Kerry R.1, Moore C.1, Westwater-Wood S.1

Past Research

Poster presented at WPT congress Amsterdam 2011 THE ABDOMINAL DRAWING-IN MANOEUVRE, MEASURED WITH PRESSURE BIOFEEDBACK, WITH OR WITHOUT SPECIFIC DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING AND FOCUS ON EXHALATION: PILOT STUDY Hadjigeorgiou C., Westwater-Wood S.1

Future Research

  • Standing frame use.
  • Parent and clinicians views regarding interventions in children with CP.

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