Carolyn Roskell qualified as a physiotherapist from Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Manchester in 1982. She worked for a year at St Thomas’ Hospital London before moving to Cape Town, South Africa where she worked for 2 and a half years. Here she ignited her interest in caring for those with cardio-respiratory problems, gaining experience of trauma, critical care, cardiothoracic surgery including transplantation, and chronic medical conditions. Further experience in critical care and surgery was gained in Birmingham before entering physiotherapy education in 1988. An interest in cognitive science, applied to learning, was stimulated during study for an MSc in Human Movement Science, which was completed in 1995 leading to research and publications in ‘Attention limitation and learning in physiotherapy’ and ‘Clinical reasoning in professional development’.
Ongoing interest in teaching and learning approaches saw involvement in the introduction of innovative approaches to learning in the BSc (hons) Physiotherapy programme, including inter-professional learning and problem-based learning. Further research was undertaken for PhD examining how physiotherapists developed their roles and skills in cardio-respiratory care which was widely disseminated at professional, national and international conferences and through professional publications. Outcomes of this work prompted a critical examination of the professional identity of physiotherapy and a consideration of whether it was evolving in line with contemporary healthcare need, particularly whether physiotherapy was essentially ‘patient-centred’. Work advancing innovations in the curriculum, in terms of preparing students for patient-centred care, have been developed such as the introduction of community-based volunteering placements with disadvantaged minority groups, and facilitating service user involvement in the curriculum. Research work is ongoing which seeks to evaluate the impact of such innovations.
Williams R, Hewison A, Wildman S, Roskell C (2013) “I think being a real man… is every ability to be able to communicate”. Changing fatherhood: an exploratory qualitative study with African and African Caribbean men in England. Children and Society, 27:2 Pages 92-103
Roskell CA (2013) An exploration of the professional identity embedded within UK cardio-respiratory physiotherapy curricula, Physiotherapy. 99:2, 132–8
Roskell, C. (2013) Being a health professional: More than just getting the job done, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20(5): 225
Soundy, A., Roskell, C, Smith,B. (2013) Have you become an artificial person?, Editorial, Physiotherapy (On line) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2013.04.004
Roskell C, White D, Bonner C (2012). Developing patient-centred care in health professionals: Reflections on introducing Service-Learning into the curriculum. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 19:8, 448-56
Rosewilliam S, Roskell CA, Pandyan AD (2011). A systematic review and synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative evidence behind patient-centred goal setting in stroke rehabilitation, Clinical Rehabilitation, 25:6, 501-14
Roskell, C.A. (2009), Patient-centred practice in physiotherapy: Linking professional identity and learning, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16: 246-7
Roskell, C.A., Cross, V. (2003), Student perceptions of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, 89: 2-12
Roskell, C.A., Cross, V. (2001), Defining expertise in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 8: 294-299
Case, K., Harrison, K., Roskell, C. (2000), Differences in the clinical reasoning process of expert and novice cardiorespiratory physiotherapists, Physiotherapy, 86: 14-21
Roskell, C.A., Hewison, A., Wildman, S. (1998), The theory-practice gap and physiotherapy in the UK: Insights from the nursing experience, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 14: 223-233
Roskell, C.A., Cross, V. (1998), Attention limitation and learning in physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, 84: 118-125
Roskell, C.A., (1998), Clinical reasoning in physiotherapy development, British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 5: 60-61