Mr Matthew Willett MSc, MMACP, BPHTY, HCPC, MCSP

Mr Matthew Willett

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Teaching Fellow in Physiotherapy

Contact details

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

Matthew Willett is a Physiotherapy Teaching Fellow with a research interest in pain mechanisms, sports medicine, and patient physical activity behaviours. He is the programme lead of the MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football), and contributes to the musculoskeletal teaching across undergraduate and post graduate programmes offered within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.


  • MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham, 2014
  • Member of Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, 2012
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2005
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council, 2005
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2003.


Matthew is a New Zealand trained physiotherapist with extensive musculoskeletal experience clinically, working with athletes in elite sport and pitch side, through to chronic pain patients and sedentary populations.

Matthew began lecturing part-time in 2011 and began teaching at the University of Birmingham in 2015. The teaches primarily on post graduate modules, including the MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football), Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy, and Pre-registration programmes.

Matthew is research active, with a specific interest in with a special interest in the physiological and psychosocial aspects of pain, sports medicine and systematic research methodology. Matthew’s Doctoral research focuses on Interventions that modify the Physical Activity behaviours of chronic pain patients.


Postgraduate supervision

Matthew is interested in supervising MSc dissertation projects which fall within the following areas:

  • Psychosocial and neurophysiological aspects of pain syndromes, especially neuropathic and central sensitisation pain mechanisms
  • Interventions which optimise patient physical activity behaviours
  • Primary studies on sporting populations
  • Systematic review methodology.


Research interests:

  • Neurophysiological and psychosocial aspects of pain.
  • Psychosocial interventions and their effects on the physical activity behaviours of patients.
  • Sports medicine.

Other activities

Matthew combines his teaching and research with clinical work as an extended scope practitioner specializing in triage, injection therapy, and the rehabilitation of sports injuries and chronic pain patients.


Willett, M. Duda, J. Gautrey, C. Fenton, S. Greig, C. Rushton, A. (2017) Effectiveness of behavioural change techniques in physiotherapy interventions to promote physical activity adherence in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open.;7(6):e015833. doi: 10.1136.