Claire Staniland

Claire Staniland MSc (APP), BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, HCPC, SFHEA

Principal Lecturer Employer Led Provision, HWLS: Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) and Apprenticeships


I am a Principal Lecturer with the responsibility of employer led provision across the college of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences. I am also Collaborative Course Leader for the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care with Higher Apprenticeship.

I started as a full time Physiotherapy lecturer at SHU in 2007 after working in the NHS since 1998. I developed a keen interest in employer led provision including apprenticeships and higher technical qualifications through my collaborative course leader role where I work with numerous collaborative partner colleges.



I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998. After completing junior rotations at Bassetlaw Hospital and then Rotherham, I specialised clinically in both acute and long term management of neurological conditions. I developed new roles and lead services within the NHS in elderly care, stroke early discharge, neurological inpatients and out-patients. I worked privately as a neurological physiotherapist in out-patients and community.

I started working as a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007, initially on a secondment and then full time. I have worked in recruitment, assessments and placements across the physiotherapy provision. I have also been year lead for the BSc Physiotherapy course and Employability Lead for the department of Allied Health Professions.

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

I have organised numerous cross college conferences.

My areas of interest include:

- Neurological management and rehabilitation
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Vestibular rehab
- E-learning
- Technical Education
- Workforce development
- Professional development

Neurological management and rehabilitation
Vestibular rehab


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Working with NHS England and stakeholders across the UK on developing specialist routes for the assistant practitioners in allied health.

Research: What makes an effective work-based mentor?

Developing Higher Technical Education through partnerships with FE colleges and employers.
Organising a health apprenticeship conference. 




Courses taught:

- BSc Physiotherapy
- BSc Physiotherapy (DA)
- MSc Pre-reg Physiotherapy
- PG Physiotherapy
- Foundation Year in Health, Sport and Social Care


Modules taught:

- Physiotherapy Modules
- Integrated Care Curriculum modules
- Foundation Year in Health, Sport and Social Care modules


2023 - What makes an effective work-based mentor?- Current research project.
2022 - Understanding student progression through the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care


Claire is about to embark upon her MSC research. This will be looking at the development and deployment of an E-learning resource to train physiotherapy lecturers in CBT and MI. The knowledge and understanding of the participants before and after the training will be explored via interviews.


E-portfolio conference presentation in Maastricht October 2009 on how SHU have integrated Pebblepad onto the Physiotherapy Course

Other activities

I am a mentor for apprentices on the Hallam Award.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise students across all MSc routes for their dissertation. 

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