Ruth has been Head of Department of Allied Health Professions (AHP) since its inception in 2009. Bringing together 6 AHP professions to form a high performing department.
Prior to coming to SHU Ruth practised as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in various NHS roles for 18 years. Ruth managed a lively out-patient department in Bassetlaw and was part of a research team developing functional outcome measures.
Ruth joined Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 as a senior lecturer involved in course design and delivery at BSc and MSc level. Since 2001 Ruth has undertaken a number of leadership roles across the university including Subject Group Leader for physiotherapy and Head of Programme Area for sport and physiotherapy before becoming Head of the Department of Allied Health Professions.
From 2003 to 2004 Ruth was seconded to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as an Education Advisor where she managed several national projects
- guidance for supporting students with disability on placement (published)
- a review of 1000 hours of clinical education
- guidance for expectations of doctoral level programmes for CSP endorsement
- mapping of foundation programmes
Ruth is currently registered on a Doctorate exploring the viability of physiotherapists as first contact musculoskeletal practitioners in primary care.
New roles for AHPs
AHPs as first contact practitioners