Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy / Practice Education Lead Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
Department of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nutritional Therapy
tel: 01905 542023
I qualified in 2014 and initially gained a wide range of experience in senior rotational roles within the NHS. I have worked in diverse settings including ITU, respiratory, stroke rehabilitation and trauma and orthopaedics before specialising in Musculoskeletal Outpatients.
I joined the University of Worcester in 2018. As Practice Education Lead for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, I enjoy a key role in the education of allied health professionals and the promotion of interprofessional learning and holistic healthcare. I enjoy building relationships with local practice partners and helping our students prepare for their clinical placements and entry into the qualified workforce.
A keen runner, cyclist, and triathlete I have completed numerous marathon and ultra-marathon distances and have previously represented Great Britain at European level in age-group duathlon. I am also a committee member for a local running club, with a particular passion for improving inclusivity for the local community and the visually impaired.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ongoing)
Teaching & Research
I teach and support students on both the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy BSc and MSc programmes, promoting inter-professional learning. I deliver teaching on preparation for practice and coaching for practice across all Practice Learning modules.
I am module leader for:
OCTH1100 and PTHY1100 – Practice Learning 1
OCTH3100 and PTHY3100 – Practice Learning 4
OCTH3105 and PTHY3105 – Practice Learning 5
PTHY1104 – Exercise, Health and Wellbeing
University of Worcester Teaching Award Recipient 2021
Membership of Professional Bodies
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Registered with the HCPC
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Clouder, D., Williams, N., Adefila, A., and Lees, R. (2013) The Challenges and Benefits of Using Mobile Devices in Practice Settings. Physiotherapy Congress 2013 – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Wells, A., Lees, R., and Frank, H. (2021) Developing and delivering a virtual assistive technology training programme for mobility aids in Papua New Guinea. Virtual Physiotherapy UK November 2021 - Online, United Kingdom https://www.csp.org.uk/professional-clinical/courses-events/physiotherapy-uk
Heaslop, A. and Lees, R. (2022) Occupational therapy and physiotherapy practice educator training: Learning from experiences of the pandemic to develop a hybrid training model. UW Learning and Teaching Conference 2022
Double, A. and Lees, R. (2022) Using virtual technology to facilitate international practice learning experiences for occupational therapy and physiotherapy students during the pandemic. UW Learning and Teaching Conference 2022
Frank, H., Grant, T., Thomas, Y., Lees, R. (2022) Student experiences of practice education during COVID 19 -Resilience and Readiness for employment. NET (Networking for Health Education) conference 2022, Lancaster University, Sept 6 & 7.
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