Melanie Lindley

Melanie Lindley FHEA

Principal Lecturer


Mel Lindley is the Lead for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences and a Principal Lecturer in Physiotherapy. Mel works with course teams in supporting the design of new curricula and delivery of innovative teaching practice. She teaches on a wide range of programmes from Undergraduate Physiotherapy to Postgraduate Healthcare Education. She has research experience spanning both clinical practice and higher education; with her current doctoral study exploring the educational impact of TEL in healthcare education.


Mel specialised in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy after completing her Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care in 1999. She then moved into the field of paediatric cardiorespiratory care in 2001 where she led the clinical team.

Mel joined Sheffield Hallam in 2008 and brings a particular interest in developing engaging and innovative learning opportunities for students. She embedded simulation, virtual reality and mobile learning within the undergraduate cardio-respiratory curriculum and lead the design and development of a fully distance learning MSc in Physiotherapy.

Before becoming the college lead for TEL Mel was the lead for assessment and feedback across the Allied Health Professions Department, supporting and facilitating the development of good practice in the assessment and provision of feedback for students. Mel now manages the college TEL team and coordinates staff training and development in the field of TEL.

Specialist areas of interest

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
Leadership and Service Improvement
Curriculum design
Innovations in Healthcare Education


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Development of standardised module evaluation tool College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences: November 2009 - February 2010
Project team: N McKay, M.Lindley, J. Cleak
Overview: worked with college leads to develop a module evaluation tool applicable across the subject group, piloted with 2 UG modules and disseminated across team. The tool was subsequently rolled out across the college

3D visualisation competition: June - September 2010
Project team: C. Delaney (student), S Florence (technologist), M.Lindley
Overview: Facilitated and coordinated a student project providing academic guidance for the development of both a 3D anatomical learning resource and a physiological animation to be embedded into level 5 teaching

Teaching Enhancement and Student Success funded Project
Title: The development of virtual resources within the undergraduate Physiotherapy programme. 2011 – 2012
Project lead: M. Lindley
Overview: Collated qualitative feedback from students in relation to key concepts and/or topics that, if not understood, limited the potential to develop further knowledge and understanding. Identified different ways of developing learning resources and activities to help facilitate greater understanding.


BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice
MSc Healthcare Education


Doctoral Study: Does Technology Enhance Learning?

Teaching Enhancement and Student Success funded Project
Title: To develop and validate a physiotherapy competency self-assessment tool applicable throughout undergraduate and graduate learning to facilitate employability and provide examples of application within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. November 2009 - July 2010
Project team: M. Lindley and L. Campbell
Overview: Research project developing and validating a self-assessment tool mapping UG learning into qualified practice


Journal articles

Probst, H., Barry, J., Clough, H., Lindley, M., Mather, R., Newton, H., ... Burton, M. (2020). Resource to prepare patients for deep inspiration breath hold: the RESPIRE project. Radiography, 26, S10.

Cuff, A., Palmer, J., & Lindley, M. (2018). Inter-Rater reliability of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) amongst NHS physiotherapists. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, 5 (1), 17.

Palmer, J., Cuff, A., & Lindley, M. (2017). Intra-Rater reliability of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) amongst NHS Physiotherapists. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, 4, 1.

Conference papers

Lindley, M., Peake, R., & Mallett, R. (2018). Using video to facilitate student learning and Collaboration. Association for Learning Technology Conference. In Association for Learning Technology Conference 25th Annual Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 11 September 2018 - 13 September 2018.

Probst, H., Wright, C., Lindley, M., Walsh, S., Holland, T., & Sidway, S. (2013). Using mobile technology to develop research skills in clinically based allied health professionals. In UK Radiotherapy and Oncology (UKRO) Conference, East Midland Conference Centre, 21 October 2013 - 23 October 2013.

Other activities

Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Service Review for an NHS Foundation Trust: March - July 2009
Project team: M. Lindley and L. Campbell
Overview: Service review, consultation exercise (staff, stakeholders and service users), production of report, dissemination of recommendations (staff and stakeholders)

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