Mandy Dunbar

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB114

+44 (0) 1772 89 4569

Mandy qualified as a physiotherapist in 1997 at Manchester School of Physiotherapy and worked in the NHS primarily with adults with complex neurological problems. Mandy is clinical placement co-ordinator for the physiotherapy programme and work across the north west with clinical and higher education partners to deliver high quality clinical education.

Mandy is research active within the area of biomechanics and rehabilitation and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit. She is also a member of the Illness, Complex Health Care Needs and Disability Research Group.

Full Profile

Mandy moved into higher education in 2003, initially as a lecturer-practitioner, and teach across the undergraduate programme with a strong focus on neurological Physiotherapy and the management of complex needs.

As part of her role as clinical placement co-ordinator I am responsible for the organisation and quality of clinical placements for our students. This involves ongoing training and development of clinical colleagues to ensure a high quality clinical education experience for our students.

Mandy works with international partners to provide clinical placement experience in the UK for overseas students and to facilitate clinical placement experience for our students abroad as part of the Erasmus programme and have completed teaching exchanges with one of our partners at Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

PGCert TLHE 2011
MSc Rehabilitation Sciences, Lancaster University, 2006
Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Manchester University, 1997


Dunbar A., Cowburn R., Wood P., Harley G., Thomson Y., (2011) Bridging the gap: supporting students with a disability in practice settings. Platform presentation - Opening Doors conference. University of Southampton.

Dunbar A (2009). Clinical cases in Neurological Physiotherapy, in Guthrie. L. (Ed) (2009) Clinical cases in Physiotherapy. Elsevier London.pp99-164.

Dunbar A. (2008) Making sense of The General Practice Nursing Career Framework. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants. 2.1.

Dunbar A., Stewart H. (2007) Making sense of Protocols. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants. 1.7.


Wheelchair users and carers participation in the Urban Environment – innovative project working with UCLan to develop a tool to capture the experiences of wheelchair users’ accessing outdoor environments in Preston City Centre.


Mandy's clinical background is in neurological Physiotherapy, particularly patients with complex needs. Mandy's main teaching responsibilities reflect this.

External Activities

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Health Professions Council