Aimee France

Aimee France MSc (APP), BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, HCPC, MCSP, SFHEA

AHP Degree Apprenticeship Portfolio Lead


I am a Principal Lecturer with the responsibility of Allied Health Degree Apprenticeships Portfolio Lead.

I started as a full time Physiotherapy lecturer at SHU in 2009 and after being course leader for the Physiotherapy BSc Degree apprenticeship, I developed a real passion for supporting apprenticeship delivery. I started in my current role as apprenticeship portfolio lead in 2022, where I provide leadership and operational support to maintain strategic oversight in the development of a sustainable and high quality apprenticeship portfolio with the AHP department.


I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 and specialised clinically in both acute and long term management of neurological conditions. I started working full time as a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 and continued some clinical practice alongside this.

I have taught on and led a range of modules across both physiotherapy specific and inter-professional teaching across the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences, at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

I have completed many roles at SHU including assessment lead, recruitment lead and placement lead. I was the Physiotherapy Degree apprenticeship course leader before I became the apprenticeship portfolio lead and a principal lecturer in 2022.

I have completed an MSc in Advancing Professional Practice and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Specialist area of interest

Neurological management and rehabilitation
Clinical education/preparation for practice
Patient centred practice
Moving and handling
Generic working
Workforce development



College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I teach within the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences to Allied Health Professions and across the Physiotherapy Courses (BSc, MSc pre-reg, Apprenticeship and MSc).

I am also part of the SHU course team who designed and delivered an Integrated Assessor training course to qualified Health and Social Care professionals. Courses have been delivered across the North-West of England and within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The aim was to aid workforce development and integrated practice.

Subject area 

Neurological rehabilitation
Degree Apprenticeships
Allied Health Professions
Workforce development and upskilling
Enhanced clinical practice
Practice-based learning
Integrated Practice

Courses taught

BSc Physiotherapy
BSc Physiotherapy (DA)
MSc Pre-reg Physiotherapy
PG Physiotherapy
CPD courses- integrated practice

Modules taught 

Physiotherapy Modules
Integrated Care Curriculum modules


Current research projects 

Graduate perceptions of completing the degree apprenticeship in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University - awaiting publication.

What makes an effective work-based mentor- Current research project.

Featured research 

J. Walters, M. Hashmi-Greenwood, P. Klompenhouwer, C.Fegan, R.Lewis, A.France (2018) Integrated Care: upskilling not dumbing down. Designing a course to meet the workforce challenge. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 81, 82-83



Lewis, R., France, A., & Fegan, C. (2018). Impact Evaluation of Integrated Care Practitioner Programme (phase 2): Report for North West UK Vanguard Steering Group and HEE.

Other activities

I am a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Education representative
I have a role as an external examiner
I have been an external panel member for apprenticeship course approval events

Postgraduate supervision

I have a supervisory role with PG dissertations

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