- PhD / DPhil
Since graduating as a physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham (1999), Clare has worked in various NHS trusts, most recently in the area of community rehabilitation. Clare spent 10-years (2001 – 2011) working internationally as a physiotherapist with 4-years in northern Iraq seeking to develop physiotherapy services.
Clare joined the University of Hull in January 2019 having previously worked at Bournemouth University. She has held Programme Leadership roles for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy courses from 2017-2023. Her teaching roles have included undergraduate and postgraduate education in reflective practice and physiotherapy research methods.
In 2019 Clare set up the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at the University of Hull which launched in September 2020. She now teaches on the programme as a Senior Lecturer. Clare is also a Fellow for Innovation in Learning and Teaching with the Teaching Excellence Academy where she is leading on the role of Compassionate Curricula at the University of Hull.
Clare has held an external examiner role at the University of Gloucestershire for their undergraduate Physiotherapy course (2019 – 2023). Clare became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017 and gained her Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. She is also an Education Representative for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Professional Lead for Allied Health Professions at the University of Hull.
Clare’s current doctoral students are researching the influence of contextual factors (patient’s and practitioner’s characteristics/beliefs; patient-practitioner relationships; the physical environment/setting; and treatment characteristics) on low back pain and the role of person-centred physiotherapy practice in emergency departments.
Teaching person-centered practice to pre-registration physiotherapy students: a qualitative study
Killingback, C., Tomlinson, A., Thompson, M., Whitfield, C., & Stern, J. (in press). Teaching person-centered practice to pre-registration physiotherapy students: a qualitative study. Physiotherapy theory and practice, https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2023.2236195
Telerehabilitation for patients who have been hospitalised with covid-19: a qualitative study
Killingback, C., Thompson, M., Nettleton, M., Hyde, L., Marshall, P., Shepherdson, J., …Simpson, A. J. (2023). Telerehabilitation for patients who have been hospitalised with covid-19: a qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2022.2159075
Group-based pulmonary telerehabilitation is feasible, safe, beneficial and well-received in patients who have been hospitalised with COVID-19
Simpson, A. J., Green, A., Nettleton, M., Hyde, L., Shepherdson, J., Killingback, C., …Crooks, M. G. (2023). Group-based pulmonary telerehabilitation is feasible, safe, beneficial and well-received in patients who have been hospitalised with COVID-19. ERJ Open Research, 9(2), Article 00373-2022. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00373-2022
Clare’s doctoral research explored the role of community-based group exercise programmes in supporting physical activity in older people. This utilised a mixed-methods systematic review and case study methodology. Findings indicated that older people’s ongoing engagement in community-based exercise programmes were mediated through six factors: those relating to the individual, the instructor, the programme design, social features, participant perceived benefits, and a humanised exercise environment.
Clare’s current research interests lie in person-centred physiotherapy practice and how physiotherapists can help people self-manage their long-term conditions. She is particularly interested in how we can ensure that the next generation of graduating physiotherapists are equipped to practice in a person-centred manner.
She has also carried out primary and secondary pedagogic research looking at alternative summative assessment feedback modes, including audio, video, podcasts, and screencast feedback. Findings suggested that alternative feedback modes help students achieve a greater level of comprehension of feedback, with feedback that was more personalised. The alternative feedback modes promote a sense of belonging in relation to the programme of study. Educators should consider the use of innovative media approaches which could enhance the student feedback experience.
She is passionate about helping the next generation of physiotherapists achieve excellence in utilising evidence-informed practice, as such she is particularly proud of co-authoring a number of publications with her undergraduate students.
Clare has presented her research at both national and international conferences.