Carole Watkins

Title: Programme lead MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Physiotherapy (Neurology), MSc Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory) and MSc Physiotherapy with Clinical Education Supplement
School Continuous Professional Development Coordinator
School Library Representative
Module leader for Professional Practice 2 (Undergraduate).
Phone: 01782 734416
Email: c.a.watkins@keele.ac.uk
Location: MAC 1.31
Role: Programme lead MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Physiotherapy (Neurology) and MSc Physiotherapy with Clinical Education Supplement; School Academic Conduct Officer; School Continuous Professional Development Coordinator; School Library Representative; Year 2 Head (Undergraduate); Module leader for Professional Practice 2 (Undergraduate).
Contacting me: E-mail
Carole Watkins

I qualified from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic School of Physiotherapy in 1986, moved to Stoke on Trent and worked within the NHS for over 16 years before moving into teaching. After completing my junior rotational posts in Staffordshire I undertook Senior II roles in General Medicine/Neurology and Neurosurgery and Care of the Elderly, before specialising as a Senior I in acute neurorehabilitation at the sub-regional neurology and neurosurgery units at the now University Hospital of North Staffordshire. My final move was into the field of gerontology (acute rehabilitation and community), which fired my passion for working with and championing older adults. After several years as a clinical educator and sessional teacher at Keele whilst working clinically, I commenced full time teaching at Keele in 2002.

Current roles beyond the School of Health & Rehabilitation: Chair of the University Academic Conduct Panel; Involved in Interprofessional Education activities within the Faculty of Health at Keele; Internal Quality Assurance assessor for Keele University; External Examiner for the Pre-registration MSc Physiotherapy Programme and PG Dip Advanced Physiotherapy Practice, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy post-qualifying education representative.

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Member of the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Member of AGILE (CSP clinical interest group for Chartered Physiotherapists working with older people)

I gained my PGC (HE) from Keele in 2003, was awarded an MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Health Care Degree from Keele in 2006, and am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education (Research Institute for Social Sciences, Keele).

My research interests are in the areas of neurological rehabilitation and gerontology. My specific research interest lies in the area of ageism and attitudes of healthcare professionals and healthcare students towards older adults and the potential factors and experiences which may inform these attitudes, including the influence and value of gerontological education within healthcare.

Selected Publications

  • Watkins CA. 2016. Physiotherapists' experiences with older adults and their influence on clinical practice: an exploratory single case pilot study. Physiotherapy (vol. 102, p. 257). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Waterfield J and Watkins C. 2016. The value of a postgraduate study skills programme in supporting good academic practice. Physiotherapy (vol. 102, pp. 241-242). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Watkins C and Waterfield J. 2010. An exploration of physiotherapy students’ perceptions of older adult rehabilitation. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, vol. 28(3), 271-279. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Watkins C and Waterfield J. 2010. An exploration of physiotherapy students’ perceptions of older adult rehabilitation. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, vol. 28(3), 271-279. doi>

Other

  • Watkins CA. 2016. Physiotherapists' experiences with older adults and their influence on clinical practice: an exploratory single case pilot study. Physiotherapy (vol. 102, p. 257). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Waterfield J and Watkins C. 2016. The value of a postgraduate study skills programme in supporting good academic practice. Physiotherapy (vol. 102, pp. 241-242). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>

I teach on a number of modules across all three years of the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme, as well as postgraduate teaching on modules within the School of Health & Rehabilitation. I also have a range of experience teaching on other programmes both within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Keele and within the wider university. My teaching and research supervision lies predominantly within the areas of neurology, neurological rehabilitation and the care of older adults. I was nominated for a Keele Learning & Teaching Excellence award in 2013 and have presented at two recent Teaching and Learning Symposiums at Keele.