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Rachel Young

Rachel Young MSc, BSc (hons), MCSP

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy


Rachel is a senior lecturer in the physiotherapy team at Sheffield Hallam University. Rachel has extensive experience of teaching and assessment in Higher Education. Her role as team leader involves ensuring consistent, high quality delivery of the under-graduate and post-graduate physiotherapy programmes. Her areas of specialist interest are neurological rehabilitation and exercise prescription. Rachel was central to the integration of vocational awards in fitness instruction within the under-graduate curriculum. She is passionate about developing cross sector working between physiotherapy and the fitness industry to enhance the support for people living with long term conditions.


Rachel is a team leader within the physiotherapy team at Sheffield Hallam University, a role which entails operational management and strategic planning to promote excellent learning experiences for under-graduate and qualified physiotherapists.

Rachel qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 and gained eight years of specialist clinical experience in acute neurology. Developing an early interest in research she completed her MSc Neurological Physiotherapy in 2002. Rachel joined SHU in 2003 and completed a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in 2005.

Between 2005 and 2009, Rachel was the lead coordinator for physiotherapy placements. She was the course leader for the MSc Advancing Physiotherapy between 2009 and 2012 before taking on the role of team leader in 2013.

Rachel has an evolving interest in exercise and physical activity. She is active in developing exercise prescription skills amongst physiotherapists through developments within the under-graduate, post-graduate and CPD provision at SHU. She is currently a research assistant for a service evaluation focussed upon a physical activity programme for participants with long term musculoskeletal changes. Her planned doctoral study will involve the evaluation of accessible exercise equipment for people with MS.

Specialist areas of interest

Exercise prescription
Neurological rehabilitation


Health And Wellbeing

Service evaluation of a physical activity programme for long term musculoskeletal conditions: ongoing
Feasibility study to explore the use of accessible isokinetic equipment for people with long term neurological conditions (2013)


BSc (hons) Physiotherapy

MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice


Journal articles

Young, R., Smith, C., Sage, K., & Broom, D. (2021). Application of the nominal group technique to inform a co-design project on power assisted exercise equipment for people with stroke. Physiotherapy, 113 (Supp 1), e80-e81.

Fowler-Davis, S., Young, R., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Hameed, W., Dracas, E., Hurrell, E., ... Copeland, R. (2021). Assessing the acceptability of a co-produced long COVID intervention in an underserved community in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (24).

Young, R., Sage, K., Broom, D., Broomfield, K., Church, G., & Smith, C. (2021). Using nominal group technique to advance power assisted exercise equipment for people with stroke. Research Involvement and Engagement, 7.

Young, R., Broom, D., O’Brien, R., Sage, K., & Smith, C. (2021). Users’ experience of community-based power assisted exercise: a transition from NHS to third sector services. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 16 (1).

Young, R., Broom, D., Sage, K., Crossland, K., & Smith, C. (2021). Experiences of venue based exercise interventions for people with stroke in the UK: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research. Physiotherapy, 110, 5-14.

Young, R., Richards, E., Darji, N., Velpula, S., Smith, C., Broom, D., & Goddard, S. (2018). Power assisted exercise for people with complex neurological impairment : a feasibility study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 25 (6), 262-271.

Conference papers

Young, R., Thompson, A., McLean, S., & Grafton, K. (2016). Impact of a physical activity pathway for musculoskeletal conditions: a clinical–academic partnership service evaluation. Physiotherapy, 102 (Suppl1), e250.


Thompson, A., Mclean, S., Young, R., Khatab, K., Kilner, K., Stagg, R., ... Cooke, J. (2015). THE BACK ACTIVE/STAY ACTIVE PHYSIOTHERAPY MODEL OF CARE: A SERVICE EVALUATION.


Young, R., & Lowe, A. (2015). Integration of vocational qualifications into the curriculum at Sheffield Hallam University to enhance exercise prescription within physiotherapy. Presented at: Physiotherapy UK 2015, Liverpool, UK, 2015

Other activities

Educational representative for the CSP


Presented at Physiotherapy 2015 as a speaker on the workforce development theme.

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