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Mandy Dunbar

Academic Lead - Work Based Learning
School of Nursing
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Mandy is a Physiotherapist who has worked for UCLan since 2003 with expertise focused on Neurological Physiotherapy, Professional issues and Work Based Learning. In recent years Mandy has worked as Academic Lead for Work Based learning, serving the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, streamlining Quality Assurance processes and implementing systems and initiatives with a focus on work based partnerships and enhancing student experience.

Mandy works with the Work Based Learning Administrative team to enable students to fulfil their potential as members of the future workforce by providing a framework of support for programme teams to realise this potential, whilst working with partners to coordinate high quality placement experience. Mandy works across the region to facilitate shared approaches to student support and assessment across Health & Social Care professions and currently chairs the North West Practice Education Group and represents UCLan within Regional groups implementing complex software solutions to facilitate student experience. Mandy also represents the North West at the Pan England Practice Education Group to ensure a national voice for our North West partners.

Mandy qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1997, with her clinical work focused across the North West. Mandy specialised in Neurological Physiotherapy, with her focus being complex clinical presentation in both rehabilitation and community settings. As the BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy programme at UCLan developed in 2003 Mandy commenced a Lecturer Practitioner role, moving into full time education in 2004. Mandy was involved in the development and delivery of the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care and Assistant Practitioner programmes as well as Physiotherapy. Mandy worked alongside clinical colleagues at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in the development and implementation of Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) which has subsequently developed across our partner organisations within Nursing and is now being developed across other professions within the region. Mandy works to support all healthcare professions in the development and implementation of Quality Assurance approaches and operational management of work based learning, supporting the development of approaches to support validation across programmes.

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, The University of Manchester, 1997
  • MSc Rehabilitation Studies, Lancaster University, 2005
  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2011
  • Work Based Learning
  • Quality Assurance
  • Healthcare programmes
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Fellow HEA