Dr Sheeba Rosewilliam PhD, FHEA

Dr Sheeba Rosewilliam

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead

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

Dr Sheeba Rosewilliam is a lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research focuses on goal setting in various areas of rehabilitation and through incorporating goal setting within self-management for community based interventions. Her pedagogical research focusses on patient-centred philosophy and developing these attributes in students.


PhD in Health Services Research (2016), University of Birmingham.

PG Cert in LTHE (2013), Member of the HEA, UK.

MSc (Physiotherapy), 2002 -The TN Dr. MGR Medcal University, Chennai, India.

BSc (Physiotherapy), 1993 - Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.


Sheeba Rosewilliam is a physiotherapist and lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham. She graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India in 1993. She developed research interests in stroke rehabilitation while working on an RCT using FES for patients with acute stroke in 2004 at Keele University, UK. She then completed her PhD in Health services research exploring the concept of patient-centredness within goal setting in Stroke rehabilitation in 2016 at the University of Birmingham. This work resulted in developing a patient-centred process of goal setting which has been investigated for it’s feasibility locally. She has published articles including a highly cited review and a book chapter around patient-centred goal setting in Stroke rehabilitation. Since patient centredness is the ideology that underpins her work, she investigated shared decision making in frail elderly patients during goal setting. 

Dr Sheeba Rosewilliam served in administrative leadership roles such as the admissions tutor for Physiotherapy and as the lead for the MSc dissertation in the School previously. She is currently the deputy lead for EDI committee in the School of Sports Exercise and Rehabilitations sciences at the University of Birmingham. She grew up in India in a society with a discriminatory culture. Working currently in HE in the UK she is keen on raising awareness of discriminatory issues involving race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, disability and beliefs within her School and more widely in the University. Coming from a BAME background, she believes that building bridges between diverse people involves open discussions, understanding and acceptance. She looks out for fairness in treatment and equal opportunities without discrimination for all at her workplace and in her community.

As an educator, she is working on developing a patient centred curriculum based on student centred perspectives. She is also investigating ways to empower patients and public through volunteer led therapies and self-management for improving mobility of patients with stroke in the community (current projects). She contributes to teaching with a special focus on neurological rehabilitation and research at post graduate level within the school.


Sheeba teaches on the following modules

  •  BSc Neurological Rehabilitation (lead)
  •  MSc Neurological Rehabilitation
  •  MSc Research methods
  •  BSc Psychosocial basis of patient centred care

She supervises BSc and MSc dissertation students.

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising postgraduate students in;  

  • Self-management for mobility following Stroke in the community.
  • Improving balance in elders using volunteers through faith-based institutions in the community.


  • Stroke Rehabilitation.
  • Goalsetting in rehabilitation.
  • Patient centred care practice and curriculum development.
  • Mobility following Stroke in the community.
  • Improving balance in the community using volunteers.
  • Goa setting in palliative care.

Other activities

Sheeba is a committee member of the Northfield stroke association working to connect the academic staff and survivors of stroke for research and education.

She reviews regularly for top rehabilitation journals and the BMJ.


Learning to be patient-centred healthcare professionals: how does it happen at university and on clinical placements? A multiple focus group study (2020) S Rosewilliam, V Indramohan, R Breakwell, J Skelton, MedEdPublish 9 

Exploring the Complex Constructs of Patient-Centeredness Within Goal Setting: Application of a Modified Framework Approach to Analyze Qualitative Data (2020) S Rosewilliam, CA Roskell, SAGE Publications Ltd

Alternatives to goal-setting, (invited talk) BSRM SRR Conference 2019, Warwick, 14th/15th Oct. 

Rosewilliam, S, Indramohan, V, Breakwell, R, Liew, B & Skelton, J 2019, 'Patient-centred orientation of students from different healthcare disciplines, their understanding of the concept and factors influencing their development as patient-centred professionals: a mixed methods study', BMC Medical Education, vol. 19, 347. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1787-4 

Rose, A, Soundy, A & Rosewilliam, S 2018, 'Shared decision-making within goal-setting in rehabilitation: a mixed methods study', Clinical Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215518815251 

Soundy, A, Dawes, H, Collett, J, Coe, S & Rosewilliam, S 2018, 'Understanding the importance of illness narratives in people with multiple sclerosis who participated in an exercise rehabilitation trial; a qualitative study', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 1, no. 1. 

Rose, A, Rosewilliam, S & Soundy, A 2016, 'Shared decision making within goal setting in rehabilitation settings: a systematic review', Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.07.030 

Rose, A, Soundy, A & Rosewilliam, S 2016, 'Shared decision-making within goal-setting in intermediate care' SRR Summer 2016 Meeting, Coventry, 5/07/16. 

Rosewilliam, S, Sintler, C, Pandyan, AD, Skelton, J & Roskell, CA 2016, 'Is the practice of goal-setting for patients in acute stroke care patient-centred and what factors influence this? A qualitative study', Clinical Rehabilitation, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 508-519. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215515584167 

Rosewilliam, S, Pandyan, AD & Roskell, C 2014, Goal Setting in Stroke Rehabilitation: Theory, Practice and Future Directions. in R Seigert & WMM Levack (eds), Rehabilitation Goal Setting: Theory, Practice and Evidence. 1st edn, Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series, CRC Press, Florida. 

Rosewilliam, Sheeba; Roskell, Carolyn Anne; 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, 501-514.

Malhotra, S; Pandyan, AD; Rosewilliam, S; Roffe, C; Hermens, H (2011);   Spasticity and contractures at the wrist after stroke: time course of development and their association with functional recovery of the upper limb Clinical rehabilitation, 25, 2, 184-191.

Rosewilliam, Sheeba; Malhotra, Shweta; Roffe, Christine; Jones, Peter; Pandyan, Anand D (2012); Can surface neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the wrist and hand combined with routine therapy facilitate recovery of arm function in patients with stroke? Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 93, 10, 1715-1721. e1.

Malhotra, Shweta; Rosewilliam, Sheeba; Hermens, Hermie; Roffe, Christine; Jones, Peter; Pandyan, Anand David (2013);    A randomized controlled trial of surface neuromuscular electrical stimulation applied early after acute stroke: effects on wrist pain, spasticity and contractures. Clinical rehabilitation, 27, 7, 579-590.

Rosewilliam, Sheeba B; Bücher, Catherine; Roffe, Christine; Pandyan, Anand D (2009);     An approach to standardize, quantify and record progress of routine upper limb therapy for stroke subjects: the Action Medical Research Upper Limb Therapy protocol, Hand Therapy, 14, 3, 60-68.

Rosewilliam, S; Malhotra, S; Roffe, C; Jones, P; Pandyan, A (2010); Can surface neuromuscular electrical stimulation (ES) of the wrist and hand, in conjunction with routine therapy, facilitate recovery of arm function in stroke patients with poor prognostic indicators of functional recovery? Clinical Rehabilitation, 24, 10.