Mrs Kathryn HeathcotePrincipal Lecturer - Learning and Teaching

I have over 25 years experience working in physiotherapy education with much of that time spent in the NHS, and ten years as programme leader. During that time there has been considerable change in health care provision and in the part played by physiotherapy. I have also seen a noticeable change in programme development and delivery, and in the profile of physiotherapy students with particular reference to gender, age, social background and educational background.

Specialist Areas

Qualitative research predominantly focused on people's/patients' experiences, identity and gender. A lot of experience in higher education as a manager and as a lecturer with an interest in the learning and teaching experience. Knowledge exchange related to management, leadership etc.

Research Interests

Doctorate in Education looking at the experiences of male physiotherapy students

Professional Body Membership and Activity

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Health Professions Council Fellow of Higher Education Academy


CSP registered external examiner - currently external examiner for two physiotherapy programmes
HPC Visitor
QAA Reviewer for healthcare programmes

Research Outputs

Conference Presentations

Crampton, J. & Heathcote, K. (2013) "The provision of recreational exercise during pregnancy: What are the beliefs, knowledge and practices of physiotherapists and midwives in the North West of England?", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

Current Teaching Input

Teaching on the undergraduate physiotherapy programme (levels 1, 2 & 3) particularly in the areas of professional development, respiratory care and neurology
Kathryn Heathcote

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing


Health Professions Department (Physiotherapy)
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2473056

Fax: 0161 247 6571