Ms Marianne Hensman

Ms Marianne Hensman

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Physiotherapy Teaching Associate

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Marianne Hensman has been a Physiotherapy Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham since 2007.

Marianne’s clinical background was as a physiotherapist, working in neurology and healthcare of the elderly, in both acute and community settings. Marianne teaches neurology on the BSc Physiotherapy course, as well as other core professional skills.

Marianne has a keen interest in interprofessional learning (IPL). Since joining the university she has been involved in a number of innovations in IPL with colleagues from other areas of the college, and partner institutions.


  • MSc (CPD Physiotherapy), University of Nottingham 2009
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Leeds Metropolitan University 1999.
  • Membership of the Health Professions Council 1999
  • Qualified membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 1999.


Marianne worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS for 8 years with a keen interest in neurological conditions, working most recently in the community setting. Her current teaching profile reflects her varied clinical role, including core physiotherapy skills and more specialised teaching in the field of neurological practice. 


Current teaching responsibilities on BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy:

  • Year 2 – Professional Development, Neurological Practice


In research Marianne’s main focus has been on the evaluation of new educational initiatives in the form of interprofessional learning activities. She led the evaluation group for the CITEC IPL project and was involved in the development of student evaluation questionnaires. She also played a key role in assessing the success of the IPL initiatives and writing up for publication. She completed her MSc dissertation in 2009 on student attitudes to interprofessional learning. Marianne has also been a key player in local, national and international dissemination activities relating to this work.

Marianne is currently returning to her core research interests in neurological physiotherapy, studying for a PhD in the development of physical activity and exercise interventions for people with multiple sclerosis, in partnership with a local NHS trust.  

Other activities

Marianne has been a member of West Midlands Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) committee since 2008 and Chair since 2014. Through this she is involved in promoting best practice in the field of neurological care and supporting CPD for local clinicians.