Dr Carolyn Roskell PhD, MSc, MCSP, Cert(Ed), DipTP, FHEA, MBACP

Dr Carolyn Roskell

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Head of Teaching Innovation & Enhancement
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy & Programme Director MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

Contact details

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

Dr Carolyn Roskell is the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Lead in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is committed to providing educational opportunities which enable individuals to maximise their personal and professional potential. Carolyn has published extensive work related to educational and professional development which she has used to develop new programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  


  • Membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • PGDip Counselling Psychology, Keele University, 2015
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2007
  • PhD in Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham, 2006
  • Registered with the Health Profession’s Council, 2001-
  • MSc in Human Movement Science, University of Liverpool, 1995
  • Certificate in Education, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1989
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Manchester, 1982


Carolyn Roskell qualified as a physiotherapist from Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Manchester in 1982. She worked at St Thomas’ Hospital London before moving to Cape Town, South Africa.  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.      


Postgraduate supervision

Carolyn is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Patient-centred care
  • Professional identity
  • Professional development and educational interventions for healthcare practitioners

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Carolyn on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.



Qualitative research; Education for healthcare practitioners 


Research interests focus on the professional development of healthcare professionals at both pre-registration and post-registration stages. Previous studies of post-registration physiotherapists have included an exploration of the professional identity of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy. Studies of pre-registration students have explored undergraduate nursing and physiotherapy students’ ability to deliver patient-centred care. Further work has begun comparing outcomes from BSc and MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy programmes. 


ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2449-853


Kosteli M-C, Heneghan N, Roskell C, Williams SE, Adab P, Dickens AP, Enocson A, Fitzmaurice D, Jolly K, Jordan R, Greenfield S, Cumming J (2017) Barriers and enablers of physical activity engagement for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in primary care, International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 12:1019-1031. https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S119806

Morris, A, Love, H, van Aar, Z, Liles, C, Roskell, C (2017) Integrating renal nutrition guidelines into daily family life: a qualitative exploration, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics,  DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12483

Morris, A, Herrmann T, Liles, C, Roskell, C (2017) A qualitative examination of patients experiences of dietitians ' consultation engagement styles within nephrology, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12504

Appleby B, Roskell C, Daly W (2016) What are health professionals’ intentions toward research utilisation in clinical practice? A systematic review and narrative synthesis, Nursing Open,  3:3, 125-139 DOI: 10.1002/nop2.40

Soundy A, Roskell C, Dawes H, Collett J, Elder T (2016) The psychological processes of adaptation and hope in patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A thematic synthesis, Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 4, 22-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojtr.2016.41003

Soundy, A., Roskell, C., Adams, R., Elder, T. and Dawes, H.(2016) Understanding Health Care Professional-Patient Interactions in Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 4, 187-217. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojtr.2016.44018

Rosewilliam S, Sintler C, Pandyan AD, Skelton J, Roskell CA (2015) Is the practice of goal-setting for patients in acute stroke care patient-centred and what factors influence this? A qualitative study. Clinical  Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1177/0269215515584167

Morris A, Love H, van Aar Z, Liles C, Roskell C (2015) The problematic world of following a renal diet outside the home, Journal of Renal Care, 15:4, 253-59, 28 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jorc.12134

Morris A, Liles C, Roskell C (2015) Using patient ideas to inform dietetic services: patient-centred, but practical and safe? British Journal of Renal Medicine, 20:2, 52-3

Hole E, Stubbs B, Roskell C, Soundy A (2014) "The patient’s experience of the psychosocial process that influences identity following stroke rehabilitation: a meta-ethnography," The Scientific World Journal, Volume 2014, Article ID 349151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/349151

Soundy A., Roskell C, Stubbs B, Collett J, Dawes H, Smith B. (2014). Do you hear what your patient is telling you? Understanding the meaning behind the narrative, Wayahead,, 18:10-13

Morris A, Liles C, Roskell C (2014) Why are patients disappearing from dietitian services? British Journal of Renal Medicine, 19: 1, 30-1

Soundy A, Stubbs B, Freeman P, Coffee P, Roskell C (2014) Factors Influencing Patients’ Hope in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury: A Narrative Review, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21:5, 210-18

Soundy A, Sayers J, Stubbs B, Roskell C (2014) Editorial. Don't Take My Hope Away: Understanding the Patients Hope in Neurological Rehabilitation, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation,  36:1, 257-8

Soundy A, Liles C, Stubbs B, Roskell C (2014) Identifying a Framework for hope in order to establish the importance of generalised hopes for individuals who have suffered a stroke, Advances in Medicine, vol. 2014, Article ID 471874, 8 pages, doi:10.1155/2014/471874

Danridge T, Stubbs B, Roskell C, Soundy A (2014) A survey of UK physiotherapy students' educational experiences, personal experiences and attitudes towards treating individuals with mental illness, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21(7):324-330

Soundy A, Stubbs B, Roskell C (2014) The experience of Parkinson’s disease; a systematic review and meta-ethnography, The Scientific World Journal, Volume 2014, Article ID  613592, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/613592

Morris A, Liles C, Roskell C (2014) Changing clinical practice by challenging our preconceptions of service users, Journal of Renal Care, 40(4), 229  DOI: 10.1111/jorc.12102

Byrne A, Soundy A, Roskell C (2014) Physiotherapy Student Experiences of Developing Therapeutic Relationships whilst volunteering with the Action after Stroke Charity. Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation 1(3): 112, http://www.peertechz.com/Novel-Physiotherapy-Physical-Rehabilitation/JNPPR-1-112.pdf

Soundy A, Roskell C, Stubbs B, Vancampfort D  (2013)  Selection, Use and Psychometric Properties of Physical Activity Measures to Assess Individuals with Severe Mental Illness; a Narrative Synthesis, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28:2, 135-51

Morris, A, Liles, C, Roskell, C (2015) How are dietitians perceived? Dietetics Today (April edition) IN PRESS

Soundy A, Roskell C, Smith B (2013) Are you an artificial person? Lessons from Mid Staffordshire, Editorial, Physiotherapy, 99:3, 185-6

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

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 CA (2009) Patient-centred practice in physiotherapy: Linking professional identity and learning, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16:5, 246-7

Roskell CA, Cross V (2003) Student perceptions of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, 89: 2-12

Roskell CA, Cross V (2001) Defining expertise in cardio-respiratory physiotherapy, British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 8:8, 294-299

Case K, Harrison K, Roskell C (2000) Differences in the clinical reasoning process of expert and novice cardiorespiratory physiotherapists, Physiotherapy, 86:1, 14-21

Roskell CA, Hewison A, Wildman S (1998) The theory-practice gap and physiotherapy in the UK: Insights from the nursing experience, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 14:4, 223-233

Book Chapter:

Rosewilliam S, Roskell CA, Pandyan AD. (2014) Rehabilitation Goal Setting: Theory, Practice and Evidence, In Goal-setting in stroke rehabilitation: Theory, Practice and Future Directions, Siegert R and Levack W (Eds) CRC Press, Print ISBN: 978-1-4398-6329-9  eBook ISBN: 978-1-4398-6330-5

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