Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Institute of Health & Society
tel: 01905 542773
Samantha discovered her passion for teaching in 2001 and has been developing her ability to facilitate learning ever since. She joined the Physiotherapy team at the University of Worcester in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy.
She has been a Physiotherapist for over 24 years and has worked across the country in different NHS Hospitals. Her specialist clinical area is Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy and her particular passion involves motivating women to regain their posture, strength and fitness postpartum through physiotherapy. Samantha is currently researching ‘The influence of posture and abdominal muscle contraction on the linea alba in postpartum women with a divarication of rectus abdominis muscle: using ultrasound imaging’ for her PhD part time.
- Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Distinction 2013: Huddersfield University. FHEA gained 2015
- MSc in Health Care Practice – Distinction 2008: Oxford Brookes University
- Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy 1992: Avon & Gloucestershire College of Health.
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
I am the third year lead on the Undergraduate Physiotherapy program and lead three modules:
- ALHS1200: Effective communications and ethical practice
- ALHS3006: Leading an enhanced service delivery
- PTHY3003: Managing patients with complex needs
I also contribute significantly on the Applied Research and Evidence based practice and independent study modules guiding the students through quantitative research methods.
I am three years into my PhD at Teesside University studying: ‘The influence of posture and abdominal muscle contraction on the linea alba in postpartum women with a divarication of rectus abdominis muscle: using ultrasound imaging’. The research has involved collaboration and visiting with leading experts within the field; Tupler technique in New York and Diane Lee at Melbourne University. Supervisors: Dr John Dixon, Dr Cormac Ryan and Professor Marie Stokes.
MSc research was on “Women’s experiences of the factors which motivate them to commence, and adhere to Pelvic floor muscle exercises following a perineal tear at delivery”.
- Professional Bodies
Fellow Higher Education Academy
Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
Full member Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)
Gillard S., Shamley D. (2010) Factors motivating women to commence and adhere to pelvic floor muscle exercises following a perineal tear at delivery: the influence of experience. Journal of ACPWH. 106: p5-18,
Gillard. S. (2012) Pregnancy: clinical significance to work and physiotherapy. Occupational health Physiotherapy 16.1 p14-17
Gillard. S. (2012) Musculoskeletal issues of Childbearing. Occupational health Physiotherapy 16.3 p22-25
Conference Publications / presentations:
Abstract accepted for poster presentation and shortlisted for: Outstanding poster of Physiotherapy UK 2015: Research into Practice Theme
Gillard S, Ryan C, Stokes M, Warner M, Dixon J. (2015) Effects of posture and anatomical location on the inter-recti distance measurement using ultrasound imaging in postnatal women.
MSc Research at: Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Women’s Health (ACPWH) conference (2009) and RCH Continence Care Conference (2010) “Women’s experiences of the factors which motivate them to commence, and adhere to Pelvic floor muscle exercises following a perineal tear at delivery”
‘Why bother to prescribe in Women’s Health Physiotherapy’ at ACPWH annual conference (2010).
- External Responsibilities
Chair of the National Organising Conference Committee for Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)