Ms Rachel SpearingSenior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Specialist Areas

Physiotherapy education; mental health and physical illness; attitude measurement; phantom limb pain

Research Interests

Awarded a Fellowship in Academic Practice by MMU Centre for Learning and Teaching, which commenced in September 2009 - undertaking a project to explore student experiences and understanding of assessment and feedback at MMU

Professional Body Membership and Activity

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Registered with the Health Professions Council

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Editorships and Consultancies

The International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation


HPC Reviewer (assess applications to the HPC physiotherapists' UK register)
Registered as external examiner with CSP

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Spearing, R. (In press) "Facilitating the transition to postgraduate attainment: the experience of one postgraduate, pre-registration physiotherapy programme", Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

Spearing, R. & Bailey, J. (2012) "Depression and chronic physical illness: its prevalence and diagnosis, and implications for therapeutic practice", International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 19 (7), pp. 394-403

Chatterton H.J., Spearing R. 2006. "Understanding Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis" Physical Therapy Reviews, vol.11 no.4, pp.235-245
issn: 1083-3196 doi: 10.1179/108331906X144154

Conference Presentations

Spearing, R. (2009) "A study to investigate student understanding and experiences of assessment and feedback at MMU", poster at Assessment in HE conference, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, July

Spearing, R. (2008) "Addressing the interplay of physical and mental health: lessons from an undergraduate physiotherapy programme", workshop presentation at Let's Get Physical conference, organised by the Mental Health in Higher Education group of the HEA at Middlesex University, May

Current Teaching Input

All levels across broad curriculum of BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy and MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) programmes

Other Responsibilities

Programme Leader for MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
Rachel Spearing

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology


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

Tel: 0161 2472881

Fax: 0161 2476571