Ms Marianne Hensman MSc

Ms Marianne Hensman

Physiotherapy Teaching Associate

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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

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.


  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, for teaching and learning     support in higher education, May 2016.
  • 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. Marianne joined the University of Birmingham in 2007 as a clinical placements tutor, supporting students and placement educators across the West Midlands.  Her teaching and assessment responsibilities have ranged from core physiotherapy skills to more specialised theory and practical teaching in the field of neurological practice. 


Current teaching responsibilities on BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy: Year 2 –Neurological Rehabilitation, Year 3 – Complex Integrated Care.

MSc (Exercise and Sports Sciences/Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) - Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice.


Marianne’s research experience in the field of neurological rehabilitation has included involvement in a trial looking at virtual reality rehabilitation in stroke.  She is currently studying for a PhD within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences where her studies focus on the assessment of sedentary behavior and physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  She is piloting a new exercise programme and supporting resources specifically designed for the needs of people with MS 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.