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Caroline O'Brien

PositionPhysiotherapy Lecturer
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursMon – Thurs 9:30-15:00
Telephone01274 233656

Research Interests (key words only)

Student resilience; clinical placement; pilates, yoga and wellbeing.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Module lead:

  • Health, Wellbeing and Exercise

Co-module lead:

  • Health and wellbeing in context
  • Principles of cardiorespiratory practice
  • Evidencing professional practice
  • Principles in neurological practice

Administrative Responsibilities

  • REAT audits
  • PAT responsibilities
  • Year 1 and 2 Tutor


I come from a background of physiotherapy specialising mainly in acute care. I worked for 18 years at Leeds General Infirmary – completing 2 years of band 5 level rotations before completing a 6 month module in “care for the acutely ill patient” and then starting a band 6 rotational post that took me through yearly rotations in the acute areas of: general intensive care, high dependency unit and wards; cardiothoracic intensive care, high dependency units, wards and rehabilitation; and finally neurosurgical intensive care, high dependency, wards, rehabilitation and out- patients where I then gained a band 7 post remaining and developing my skills in this area. During my time on general surgery I also had a 6 month post as “on call facilitator” which involved training staff to develop competencies in order to join the on call rota, and then supporting staff to maintain and update skills whilst active on the on call rota.

I moved into teaching as I had visited Bradford University as a guest lecture to teach the physiotherapy students about the physiotherapists’ role in the area of neurosurgical care and a post came up to cover maternity leave which I successfully got and then interviewed again at a later date to gain a permanent post. I have actively developed during my time at Bradford University as I started initially teaching and leading the cardiovascular and respiratory care module and am now involved in a number of modules. I lead the Health, Wellbeing and Exercise module and co-lead the health and wellbeing in context module. I teach within these modules and also have a large teaching and organisational commitment to the principles of cardiovascular and respiratory care module. I actively contribute teaching to other modules as required. I am part of the placement practice team – which consists of assisting in placement organisation, auditing areas of clinical practice (REAT), teaching on the clinical educators’ courses and attending the faculty of practice education group meetings.

I am currently doing the final stage of my Master in Rehabilitation Studies which I aim to complete by October 2016.

I have an active interest in Clinical Pilates and Yoga and am developing my skills within these areas. I currently teach Pilates and am gaining my qualification to also teach Clinical Yoga.

Study History

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 1992 (Coventry)
  • Care of the Critically ill Patient 1995 (Sheffield)
  • PGCHep 2014 (Bradford)
  • Pilates matwork 1 2013 (Lincoln)
  • Pilates matwork 2 2014 (Leeds)
  • Pilates matwork 3 2015 (Leeds)
  • Part 1 clinical yoga 2016 (Leeds)
  • presently doing final stage for Masters in Rehabilitation.

Professional Activities

Pilates instructor.

Research Areas

Qualitative study into students first clinical experience.

Current Projects

Masters project in process.


Close links with clinical staff through practice placement role and REAT audits.

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