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Dr James Milligan


About Dr James Milligan

James is Head of Subject for Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences being responsible for studies relating to occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports and exercise therapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine. He gained fifteen years of clinical experience in a variety of acute hospital and community settings in West Yorkshire before working in Higher Education. His main clinical interests lie in neuromusculoskeletal therapy. In addition, James's research at Doctoral level and Master's level explored issues of professional development within the Allied Health Professions.

James joined the University in 2011 having previously worked at the University of Huddersfield for ten years. From 2004 he has held Course Leader roles for pre-registration BSc (Hons) physiotherapy, PgDip physiotherapy and MSc physiotherapy courses. Over time his teaching roles have included undergraduate and postgraduate education in physiotherapy, sports [and exercise] therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and nursing. James supervises research students at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels.

James is currently the External Examiners for the pre-registration Masters' level physiotherapy programme at Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to that he was one of the External Examiners for undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy studies at St George's University of London from 2014- 2017, for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Teesside University from 2009- 2014 and for physiotherapy and sports therapy subjects at Sheffield Hallam University from 2007- 2011.

James became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in July 2011 and gained his Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in February 2014. He is also an Education Representative for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for post-qualifying education programmes.

Current Teaching

  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MSc Sports Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

Research Interests

James's Doctoral and post-Doctoral research have explored issues related to accelerated ['fast-track'] pre-registration training courses in physiotherapy and other professions. The Doctoral research utilised a mixed methodology with emphasis upon an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Findings indicated that clinicians valued physiotherapists trained from both routes but for different reasons. These impact upon, and influence, current pre-registration training.

Previous Master's research explored issues of professional development. Using a Grounded Theory approach the research explored the impact of the Extended Scope Practitioner role within physiotherapy upon the medical profession. Hence it informed the further development of the extended role.

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