Heather Stewart

Heather Stewart

Professional Lead for Physiotherapy

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB124

+44 (0) 1772 89 4926


Heather has recently taken on the role of Professional Lead for Physiotherapy. Her clinical background is in the cardio-respiratory field of physiotherapy, having spent the majority of her clinical years working with chronic respiratory patients, and on the Intensive Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Full Profile

Heather has been working in undergraduate physiotherapy education since December of 2001. Her area of specialism is cardio-respiratory physiotherapy, but she has a keen interest in reflection and reflective practice, and the student experience of learning through clinical practice.

Heather was course leader for the BSc Hons Physiotherapy programme at UCLan from 2008-2018, as well as having responsibility for course admissions.

Heather has worked with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on the development and implementation of an e-portfolio, as well as other continuing professional development activities with the society, most recently, the development of degree level apprenticeships within the profession.


  • 1990 - Grad Dip Phys, Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy Birmingham
  • 2004 - MSc in Health Practice, University of Salford
  • 2006 - Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire


Stewart, Heather Christine ORCID: 0000-0002-4657-3221, Roddam, Hazel ORCID: 0000-0002-0637-1801, Wisby, Deborah Ann and Selfe, James (2017) The influence of portfolio aims and structure on student attitudes towards portfolios as a learning tool: A Scoping Review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 22 (1-2). pp. 86-94. ISSN 1083-3196

Roddam, Hazel ORCID: 0000-0002-0637-1801, Jansen, Jessie, Stewart, Heather Christine ORCID: 0000-0002-4657-3221 and May, Karen Alison ORCID: 0000-0001-9621-8466 (2014) Building Future Research Capacity In Student Healthcare Practitioners Through Research-Informed-Teaching. UCLan Journal of Pedagogic Research, 5 . ISSN 2048-8815

Chambers, Alison, Cochrane, Alison, Duffy, A, Harrison, L, Ingman, E, Stewart, Heather Christine ORCID: 0000-0002-4657-3221 and Selfe, James (2005) Development of a foundation degree in health and social care. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 12 (6). pp. 243-248. ISSN 1741-1645

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Research activities

Heather is currently undertaking her PhD studies, looking into the influence of student portfolios on attitudes towards CPD


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Registered Physiotherapist with the Health Professions Council

Teaching Activities

  • Cardio-respiratory and research teaching on the BSc and MSc pre-registration Physiotherapy programmes
  • Admissions tutor for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme
  • Physiotherapy professional lead