Mel Stewart is Education Lead (Physiotherapy) and Admissions Tutor in Nursing and Physiotherapy
Publications include topics on cultural competence and physiotherapy, sickle cell disease and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand. Her PhD focused on the topic of cultural competence in undergraduate physiotherapy education. She regularly reviews articles on related topics and she has also spoken nationally on the subject.
Melis a keen contributor in the delivery of physiotherapy education and has taught widely across curricula but more recently, the emphasis of her work is on inter professional learning and teaching, professionalism and cultural competence and physiotherapy practice.
PhD in Cultural Competence
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2007
Masters in Education 1991
Certificate in Education 1980
Diploma in Education 1980
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 1976
Health and Care Professions Council (reg)
Mel Stewart qualified as a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in Bristol in 1976. She studied for a Certificate in Education and Diploma in Teaching Physiotherapy in 1980 at the University of Wolverhampton and successfully completed a Masters in Education at the University of Birmingham in 1991.
Following achievement of Membership of the CSP, she began her clinical career at the University of Birmingham Hospital and eighteen months later achieved a senior position at Heartlands Hospital. Less than a year later she was invited to apply for a teaching position and was successful in achieving a position at the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy as student teacher. This position marked the start of a lifelong contribution to physiotherapy education and she achieved senior teacher status in 1995.
Mel was programme director for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham in 2004-8 and has taught across the curriculum but more recently her teaching has been in Developing as Health Care Professional, Society, Policy and Practice, Patient Centred Practice and Patient Management modules. In recognition of current changes in health care and the health service, Mel has newly introduced a third year option module within the undergraduate physiotherapy curriculum exploring ‘Exercise in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation ’ It also examines the position of physiotherapy alongside the fitness industry.
The focus of her PhD thesis on cultural competence has been a major feature of her teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and she has received a number of invitations to speak nationally on the topic.
Mel is a Health and Care Professionals Council registered practitioner and Council Member of the CSP. She is a regular contributor to a variety of activities within the Society including public health activities. She actively blends these developments with the undergraduate physiotherapy curriculum to assist students to achieve the uniqueness and distinctiveness of studying physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham.
Developing as a Health Professional (undergraduate)
Patient Management (undergraduate)
Patient Centred Practice (undergraduate)
Exercise in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation (undergraduate)
Developing Evidence-based Neuromusculoskeletal Practice (pre-registration)
Context of Practice (pre-registration)
Developing Evidence Based Practice (post-registration)
Mel supervises postgraduate students at master’s level in physiotherapy related topics.
Mel’s areas of interest in research are closely linked to developing professionalism and cultural competence.
Her most recent contribution was to "A systematic review and observational study of the epidemiology and natural history of progressive neurological disease, targeting user priorities and modelling the impact on care services” in Primary Care at the University of Birmingham
Council Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Ministry of Justice Tribunals Judiciary – Panel Member for Disability Appeals and Employment Tribunals
Stewart, M (2003) Environmental, Policy, and Cultural Factors Physiotherapy, Volume 89, Issue 8, 2003, p508-509
Stewart, M (2003) Culture in Clinical Care. Physiotherapy, Vol. 89, Issue. 2, p134
Stewart M (2002) Cultural Competence in Undergraduate Healthcare: A Review of the issues Physiotherapy Vol. 88 No. 10. p 620-29
Stewart, M (1998) Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Vol. 84, No.4, p184-86.
Stewart, M (1997) Sickle Cell Disease and Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Vol.83, No.7, p 333-339.
Stewart, M (1996)Researches into the Effectiveness of Physiotherapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand, Physiotherapy, Vol. 82, No.12, p666-672.
Contributor to: The Mosby’s Medical Pocket Dictionary Anderson, K N, Anderson L.E (Eds)1994.The C.V.Mosby Company
Stewart, M (1993) Equal Opportunity in Physiotherapy Education, Physiotherapy, Vol.79, No. 8, p583.