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Biography

This academic post at University of Bradford is the first academic role for Emily and she is excited to pursue a career in academia due to her love for both teaching and research. Emily qualified as a physiotherapist in 2012 following completing her 3 year undergraduate degree at University of Birmingham. Following her graduation she spent 3 months working as a physiotherapist and then travelling in Tanzania. Following this she then got a job working for a small business called Ski Physio who were based in the 3 valleys in the French Alps. Here, Emily combined her love for Skiing with Physio. Following the end of the 2012/2013 Ski season she accepted her first NHS Physiotherapy role within Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust where she completed some community based junior rotations and then went on to experience more acute rotations at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and then Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust. Through these experiences she gained a broad experience across many different specialties but in 2016 made the decision to specialise in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy with a static senior role at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Here she had experience of managing a busy MSK clinic and worked closely w the GPs, Chronic Pain service and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. Following her experience within the NHS she then joined a small business based in Harrogate called LEAR Health Partners. Here she developed a real passion for gym based rehabilitation, specialised in Pilates and Reformer Pilates Teaching and also specialised in Cancer rehabilitation. All of these experiences and the different places she has worked in over the years really ignited her passion for public health and health promotion and so in September 2019 she started her part time MSc. in Public health and Health Promotion at Leeds Beckett University. She then was finishing her first year during the first of the COVID-19 lockdowns which was a very interesting time to be studying public health. Emily gave birth to her daughter Florence in September 2020 and deferred her MSc. for one year and took it back up in October 2021. Following her experience of pregnancy and the postpartum period she has conducted her MSc. Dissertation into 'The barriers of post natal weight loss in mums during the COVID-19 pandemic' which has been a fascinating study to be part of. Doing her MSc. has really exposed her to how much she enjoys the research process and has further developed her qualitative researching skills. Her fascination with both public health and physiotherapy has inspired her to teach in order to help the next generation of physios to recognise the importance of social, political, cultural, religious and psychological factors on physiotherapy and be involved in equality and inclusion and cultural diversity within the profession. Having worked within the NHS in Bradford, Emily has experienced some of the challenges clinicians are faced with in this area which is why she has particularly wanted to work at University of Bradford.