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Dr Clare Killingback
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
|Biography||Since graduating as a physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham (1999), Clare has worked in various NHS trusts, most recently in the area of community rehabilitation. Clare spent 10-years (2001 – 2011) working internationally as a physiotherapist with 4-years in northern Iraq seeking to develop physiotherapy services.
Clare joined the University of Hull in January 2019 having previously worked at Bournemouth University. She has held Programme Leadership roles for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy courses since 2017. Her teaching roles have included undergraduate and postgraduate education in physiotherapy and research methods.
In 2019 Clare set up the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at the University of Hull. This launched in September 2020 and she now leads this course as a Senior Lecturer.
Clare holds an external examiner role at the University of Gloucestershire for their undergraduate Physiotherapy course (2019 – currently). Clare became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017 and gained her Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. She is also an Education Representative for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Clare’s current doctoral students are researching the influence of contextual factors (patient’s and practitioner’s characteristics/beliefs; patient-practitioner relationships; the physical environment/setting; and treatment characteristics) on low back pain and the role of person-centred physiotherapy practice in emergency departments.
|Research Interests||Clare’s doctoral research explored the role of community-based group exercise programmes in supporting physical activity in older people. This utilised a mixed-methods systematic review and case study methodology. Findings indicated that older people’s ongoing engagement in community-based exercise programmes were mediated through six factors: those relating to the individual, the instructor, the programme design, social features, participant perceived benefits, and a humanised exercise environment.
Clare’s current research interests lie in person-centred physiotherapy practice and how physiotherapists can help people self-manage their long-term conditions. She is particularly interested in how we can ensure that the next generation of graduating physiotherapists are equipped to practice in a person-centred manner.
She has also carried out primary and secondary pedagogic research looking at alternative summative assessment feedback modes, including audio, video, podcasts, and screencast feedback. Findings suggested that alternative feedback modes help students achieve a greater level of comprehension of feedback, with feedback that was more personalised. The alternative feedback modes promote a sense of belonging in relation to the programme of study. Educators should consider the use of innovative media approaches which could enhance the student feedback experience.
She is passionate about helping the next generation of physiotherapists achieve excellence in utilising evidence-informed practice, as such she is particularly proud of co-authoring a number of publications with her undergraduate students.
Clare has presented her research at both national and international conferences.