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Melaine 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.

  • About

    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

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

    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

  • Research

    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

  • Publications

    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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