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Sarah Westwater-Wood

Associate Professor, 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

I am a graduate of the University of Nottingham BSc Hons Physiotherapy with MPhil, MMed Sci Education and BSc Hons Physiotherapy awards. I practiced clinically until December 2014 specializing in pediatric community care.

I have been honored with the University of Nottingham Lord Dearing Award on three occasions.

  • Lord Dearing Award 2011 - innovative teaching developing a reusable e-learning tool to facilitate students' knowledge, understanding and application of clinical reasoning. Subsequently collaboration implemented with NHS Education Scotland for Inter-Professional induction to Paediatric
  • Lord Dearing Award 2015 - innovative practice in feedback
  • Lord Dearing Award 2015 - enhancing student's international social responsibility experience (Global 2020)
  • I have been recognized by the HEA by award of a Senior Fellowship

Additional to lecturing on the undergraduate BSc Hons Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation and Exercise Science courses I supervise Masters Dissertations. More recently I support the School of Health Sciences assessments governance as their Director of Assessments.

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 student dissertations to dissemination at national and international conferences.

Since December 2012 I have been a committee member of the NREC for the Health Research Authority. It is also my privilege to be an invited reviewer for publications and funding bodies.

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)

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

I teach across all three years of undergraduate physiotherapy education including, Research Methods and Planning, Pediatrics, Anatomy, Business Management Skills and Therapeutic Treatments. My wider role includes supporting students in their research at both undergraduate and master's levels, examinations processes, national committees who consider research projects with human participants (NREC) and researching with children and their families.

I have graduate and post graduate educational achievements. I am actively working with some colleagues in looking at premature babies and their parents to see if physical activity advice can support the way these babies develop their movement skills. You can find out more about this here 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 paediatric. I have… read more

Research Summary

Paediatric Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy Education I have a number of publications exploring aspects of paediatric physiotherapy and educational innovations.

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

Recent Publications

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

In my role as Director of assessment I have lead a cross school undergraduate program TESTA audit and am currently exploring the use of rubrics for marking consistency and feedback.

Future Research

Any aspect of Paediatric physiotherapy.

Assessment procedures and governance.

School of Health Sciences

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