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 Queen Elizabeth 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 examines the position of physiotherapy alongside that of 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 diversity/inclusion and 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.
In 2013, Mel was elected as a VicePresident of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Williams, R, Hewison, A, Stewart, M, et al. (2012). 'We are doing our best': African and African-Caribbean fatherhood, health and preventive primary care services, in England. Health and social care in the community, 20(2), 216-23.
Hoppitt, T, Shah, S, Bradburn, P, Gill, P, Calvert, M, Pall, H, Stewart, M, Fazil, and Sackley, C (2011) Reaching the ‘hard to reach’: strategies to recruit black and minority ethnic service users with rare long-term neurological conditions. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1364-5579
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.
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Stewart, M (1993) Equal Opportunity in Physiotherapy Education, Physiotherapy, Vol.79, No. 8, p583.