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Catherine Carus

PositionUniversity Lecturer
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursNormally Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30pm
Telephone01274 236583

Research Interests (key words only)

Long term conditions, chronic/persistent pain, low back pain, fibromyalgia syndrome.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • MSc Rehabilitation Studies including the endorsed pathways - Continence for Physiotherapists, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice, Physiotherapy in Women’s Health
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Support
  • MSc Applied Physiotherapy – aimed at the international Physiotherapy (suspended for 2016-7)
  • Supporting students on Practice Placements

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Lead SSPRD (formally CPD) Oct, 2015 - Present
  • Programme Lead in Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Support, Sept 2013 - Present


Graduated from Pinderfields College of Physiotherapy in 1990 and began what was then a Basic Grade rotational post at The Halifax general, West Yorkshire. I left in 1992 to gain more experience in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy as a Locum Physiotherapist and worked in a number of hospitals outside the region. During this time I undertook a number of specialist skills courses to improve my practice and clinical reasoning. I took a rotational Senior II job in Huddersfield and undertook the post-graduate manipulation course at Sheffield Hallam University and in 1995 gained a Senior I post at Bradford Teaching  Hospitals N.H.S Foundation Trust in Musculoskeletal Outpatients.

During my time in Bradford I was seconded to work collaboratively with Dr Frances Cole who was a local GP trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and together we set up a Pain rehabilitation programme in Bradford for people living with chronic, benign musculoskeletal pain. From 1996-2000 we developed and refined the programme and began to work with and train other pain teams in the region (Calderdale, Kirklees and Dewsbury) and helped them to set up and deliver their own programmes. We started to write Overcoming Chronic Pain with Service User’s in Bradford, together with two additional colleagues this work was eventually published in 2005.

In 1999 I had the opportunity to come to the University of Bradford to contribute to their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, initially as a secondment for 1 year. The secondment was extended and I was employed permanently and went on to complete my Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and MSc Rehabilitation Studies.

I have been very fortunate to undertake a number of different roles as opportunities have been made available. I am currently Programme Lead Specialist Skills to Post Registration (formally Continuing Professional Development) and seconded to Programme Lead in Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Support (CHEPS). The CHEPS programme is a part-time programme aimed at developing and skilling the local and regional NHS & Social Care support workforce. The programme reflects and supports the current NHS workforce transformation agenda.

Study History

  • MSc Rehabilitation Studies -  2007, University of Bradford
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice - 2003, University of Bradford
  • Post-Registration Certificate Combined Manipulation Parts I & II- 1995, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy - 1990, Pinderfields College of Physiotherapy

Professional Activities

  • External Examiner at Northumbria University Sept 2014-18, on the Foundation Degree in NHS Service Improvement Learning (Employer Led NHS Bands 1-4 Support Staff, Work Based Learning, Lifelong Learning, Foundation Degree)
  • Placed on the CSP External Examiner register December 2012

Current Projects

Working on a number of articles for potential publication.


  • Poon M, Carus C The effectiveness of laser therapy on the management of chronic low back pain (Review) Submitted for review August 2015 to International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation. Accepted April 2016.
  • Jeffrey S, McClelland T, Carus C & Graham C Relaxation and Chronic Pain: A critical review. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, June 2016, Vol 23, No 6, 233-240.
  • Cooper H, Carus C (2015) Factors affecting women’s adherence with pelvic floor muscle exercises in a first pregnancy: a qualitative interview study. Journal of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Autumn 2015, 117.
  • Hunter S, Carus C (2015) What can we bring to the therapeutic relationship? A qualitative study of the beliefs and experiences of physiotherapists working with people with chronic pain. British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting - Poster Presentation.
  • Timms J, Carus C (2015) Mirror therapy for the alleviation of phantom limb pain following amputation: a literature review. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 22(3): 135-45
  • Contributed to “Pain” chapter in “Tidy’s Physiotherapy” Edition 15 pub. 2013.
  • Overcoming Chronic Pain (2005 & 2010) Published by Constable Robinson Dr. F.R. Cole, H. Macdonald, C.Carus & Hazel Howden-Leach.


Overcoming Chronic Pain was added to the “Books on Prescription” national scheme (2013).

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