Course Leader Physiotherapy; Senior Lecturer
Institute of Health & Society
tel: 01905 542585
Helen is the Course Leader for the physiotherapy course here at the University of Worcester, and works within a team of dedicated, motivated and academic physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff. Being a Physiotherapist was the only thing she ever wanted to be. It still is. An international swimmer, she competed in the Olympics in 1988.
After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1993, Helen moved to Birmingham after an inspirational elective placement at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She then rotated through a variety of specialties, before specialising in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy with children and young adults, both in in-patients and out-patients. She has also worked in elite sport in Swimming and Judo alongside her NHS career.
Following her Master’s degree in Learning and Teaching in 2001, she commenced her journey into Higher Education and became a lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. It was an opportunity to share her passion for her own profession with student physiotherapists and she has continued this enthusiasm at Worcester where she was given the opportunity to lead the new course here February 2013.
Helen is passionate about student support and development and completed her Doctorate in 2017, carrying out research into the learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Leeds Metropolitan University 1993
MSc Health Sciences (Learning and Teaching), University of Birmingham 2002
PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher and Further Education, University of Birmingham 2005
EdD Learning and Learning Contexts, University of Birmingham 2017
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
I enjoy all aspects of teaching and learning, working with the new students in year 1 as they commence their professional education through the transition into qualified physiotherapists in their final year! I teach across all three years, specifically Anatomy and Movement Science, Team-working, and working with children and young people. My teaching style is very interactive and student-centred and aims to make theory relevant and applied to physiotherapy practice in all teaching sessions. I also love to work across professional boundaries, teaching on Occupational Therapy, Advancing Practice and Physicians Associate programmes in the Institute.
My Doctoral research explored the “The learning experiences of student physiotherapists with visual impairments”. My other research interests include the experiences of disabled students, student experience and academic support, and practice education.
- Professional Bodies
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP – number 052997)
Health and Care Professions Council registered (PH46376)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Frank, H., McLinden, M., Douglas, G. (2014) Investigating the learning experiences of physiotherapy students with visual impairments: an exploratory study. British Journal of Visual Impairment 32: 223
Thomas, Y., Frank, H., Mauro-Bracken, L., Goodall, D., Thackeray, K., Jones, R. (2014). The value of writing groups and the barriers to writing: A response. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 21(6), 259
H. Frank. Accessing the curriculum; university based learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students. Platform presentation at Showcasing and exploring excellence. Proceedings of the University of Worcester Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Conference, University of Worcester 16th June 2016
H. Frank, Prof M, McLinden, Dr G, Douglas (2015) Accessing the curriculum. Barriers and enablers experienced by visually impaired physiotherapy students in university physiotherapy education. Poster presented at: Physiotherapy U.K 2015. Proceedings of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Annual Conference; 2014 Oct 16-17; Liverpool, U.K.
H. Frank. Becoming a physiotherapist; university based learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students. Platform presentation at Research in Education Across Boundaries. Proceedings of the Bristol Doctoral Conference, Bristol University 1st & 2nd June 2015
Kyte, R, Frank, H, Thomas, Y and Double, A. Evaluation of the impact of Action Learning Sets in an undergraduate physiotherapy education programme. Poster presented at Physiotherapy U.K 2014. Proceedings of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Annual Conference; 2014 Oct 10-11; Birmingham, U.K.
H. Frank, R.Kyte, and Y.Thomas. (2014) Evaluation of a novel continuous practice placement model in a newly developed undergraduate physiotherapy education programme. Poster presented at: Physiotherapy U.K 2014. Proceedings of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Conference; 2014 Oct 10-11; Birmingham, U.K.
H. Frank, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (South). Supporting students with disabilities; research into the learning experiences of physiotherapy students with visual impairments. January 2012
H, Frank 2012 The learning experiences of student physiotherapists with visual impairments – an exploratory study. Theme Paper presented at Nurse Education Today Conference. Proceedings of the Nurse Education Today Conference, 4-6 Sept 2012, University of Cambridge, UK.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Conference, November 2009, Speaker (debate)
N. Metje; H. L. Frank; P. Croft (2007) Can't do maths--understanding students' maths anxiety Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 26: 79-88
- External Responsibilities
External Examiner University of Essex 2015 - current
Panel Member Course Re-approval University of East London, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2017
CSP Education Representative University of Lincoln 2017 onwards
Panel Member for Edexel Pearson A Level PE Review 2012-2015
External Examiner Leeds Metropolitan University 2010-2014
OCNWMR panel Member for Validation and Approval of Access to Higher Education Diploma 2014
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
British Journal of Visual Impairment
International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care