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Sara Fisher

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB119

+44 (0) 1772 89 5101

sfisher@uclan.ac.uk

Since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1993, Sara worked in many NHS Trusts in a range of specialisms including acute respiratory care of both adults and paediatrics and also neurology and medicine. Sara has worked at UCLan since 2005 where she teaches on the undergraduate physiotherapy programme and is Course Leader for the MSc Allied Health practice and the MSc Physiotherapy Professional Practice.

Sara is research active within the area of biomechanics and rehabilitation and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

Full Profile

Through her clinical career, Sara has worked in many NHS and private healthcare settings and developed a strong interest in, alongside practical experience of, Multidisciplinary team working and transitions of care, particularly for people with complex and long term conditions. Many of her roles placed her in case management and key worker roles and she has developed this experience to facilitate delivery around these subjects on the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at UCLan. Her conviction of the importance of multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams has been the key driver behind the ongoing development of the MSc Allied Health Practice, which draws on, and extends, the experience of clinicians from many disciplines.

Alongside her academic work at UCLan, Sara still carries a small clinical case load as a private practitioner treating clients with neurological impairments.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy - Sheffield Hallam University , 1993
PG Certificate Care of the Acutely Ill Patient – Sheffield Hallam University , 1996
MSc Physiotherapy – Queen Margaret University College – Edinburgh, 2004
PGCertificate Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - UCLan, 2011


Research

Sara's research interests are focussed on understanding movement dysfunction - particularly balance and coordination, with her MSc thesis entitled "The relationship between TURN180 and vestibular dysfunction in older people who have fallen"

She has been involved in research partnerships across UCLan resulting in 2 studies:
Wheelchair User and Carers Participation in an Urban Environment - 2008
Analysis of Clumsiness- 2010
and she is currently working on projects relating to movement disorders as a result of developmental and neurological dysfunction.

membership

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

State Registered Physiotherapist via the Health Professions Council

Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with an Interest in Neurology

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External Activities

External Examiner University of East London 2008-2012

External links with partners in education, NHS, private healthcare, government organisations and private businesses leading to knowledge transfer partnerships and potential for research partnerships.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Sara works in partnership with colleagues within SSTO and across the University to deliver high quality teaching which meets the needs of the student, whatever their previous academic experience. Her current activities include:

Course Leader MSc Allied Health Practice and MSc Physiotherapy Professional Practice
Module Leader on BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Allied Health Practice, MSc Physiotherapy Professional Practice
Teaching on BSc Sports Therapy, BSc Strength and Conditioning and Uni Cert Injection Therapy
Supervision of dissertations at Masters and Honours level

In addition - Sara supports teaching and Learning excellence amongst staff through the following roles:
HEA Standard Descriptor 2 champion within the Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy, with a remit across the school.
Peer Observer on Teaching Toolkit Team