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Nicole Lavin

PositionPhysiotherapy lecturer & neurological physiotherapy clinic lead
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursMonday 9:30-2:30pm, Tuesday 8:30-7pm, Wednesday 9:30-2:30pm, Thursday 9:30-5:10pm
Telephone01274 236588
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Research Interests (key words only)

Stroke Rehabilitation, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Adult Neurology, Neurological Physiotherapy, Transdisciplinary Working

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate Module -  Advancing Clinical Competence
  • Postgraduate Module – Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making Skills
  • Postgraduate Module - Transdisciplinary Working
  • Adult Basic Life Support Trainer
  • Profession Specific advisor for Manual Handling Training
  • Personal Academic Tutor to Levels 4,5 & 6 Physiotherapy Students and MSc Supervisor

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Module Leader – Health & Well Being in Context – Level 4 Physiotherapy Module
  • Co-Module Leader – Transdisciplinary Working – Level 7 Masters Module
  • Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic Lead
  • Chair of the Student Supervised Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic Steering Group
  • Extenuating Circumstances Committee Member


Nicole qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004 and has worked in the NHS and private settings.

Her specialist interest and skills lie within adult neurological rehabilitation with a particular interest in stroke.

Nicole’s career commenced in Calderdale where she gained experience in Musculoskeletal Outpatients, Acute Stroke, Medicine and Elderly, Community Rehabilitation, Intensive Care, Respiratory and Surgery. She also worked as a Bank therapist for The Huddersfield Nuffield Hospital which was mainly elective orthopaedics and rehabilitation.

Nicole started her MSc at The University of Nottingham in 2009 and specialised within the field of Adult Neurological Physiotherapy. Nicole worked as part of a specialist Stroke Rehabilitation Team in Leicestershire.
Following completion of her MSc Nicole moved back to Yorkshire and returned to work at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust where she helped set up the Early Supported Discharge Team for Stroke within the Calderdale Support and Independence Teams. Nicole also has experience of transdisciplinary working and training within the integrated NHS and Social Care Teams in Calderdale.  

Nicole commenced her lecturing career in September 2014 and has since completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. She has set up a Student Supervised Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic to facilitate experiential learning with undergraduate physiotherapy students.

Study History

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education – The University of Bradford, September 2014 – May 2016
  • MSc Physiotherapy: Neurorehabilitation – The University of Nottingham, September 2009 – June 2012
  • Level 7 Module: The Stroke Journey – The University of Northampton, February 2009 – July 2009
  • Level 7 Module: Management of Long Term Conditions – York St John University, April 2007 – July 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy – The University of Bradford, September 2001 – July 2004

Professional History

  • Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust (August 2010 – January 2015) Specialist Physiotherapist – Community Rehabilitation
  • Leicestershire County & Rutland NHS Trust (March 2008 – August 2010) Specialist Physiotherapist – Stroke Rehabilitation, Adult Neurological Rehabilitation
  • The Huddersfield Nuffield Hospital – (March 2005 – March 2008) Senior Physiotherapist – Elective Orthopaedics
  • Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust – (March 2007 – March 2008) Senior Rotational Physiotherapist
  • Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust – (July 2004 – March 2007) Junior Rotational Physiotherapist

Professional Activities

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Member Since 2001
  • Health and Care Professions Council Member Since 2004
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with a Special Interest in Neurology Member since 2007


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with a Special Interest in Neurology - Member


Eldridge, F & Lavin, N How effective is stretching in maintaining range of movement for children with cerebral palsy? A Review Submitted for review August 2015 to International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation Accepted April 2016

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