Dr James Milligan, Head of Subject

Dr James Milligan

Head of Subject

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 has held External Examiner roles for the pre-registration Masters' level physiotherapy programme at Glasgow Caledonian University (2016- 2021), for undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy studies at St George's University of London (2014- 2017), for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Teesside University (2009- 2014) and for physiotherapy and sports therapy subjects at Sheffield Hallam University (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. James is pleased to be a coach for the Student Leadership Programme #150Leaders at the Council of Deans for Health.

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.

Dr James Milligan, Head of Subject

Ask Me About

  1. Rehabilitation

Selected Outputs

  • Grafton K; Milligan J (2019) Building resilience in students: 'bounce-back ability'. In: AdvanceHE Teaching & Learning Conference,, 2 July 2019 - 4 July 2019, Northumbria University.

  • Jones G; Milligan J; Johnson M (2018) The Role of Self-Efficacy in the Antecedents of Climbing Related Injury: a critical review. In: 4th Congress International Rock Climbing Research Association, 8 July 2018 - 14 July 2018, Chamonix, France.

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  • Milligan J; Grafton K; Hammond JA (2016) An exploration of students´ views of parallel teaching in pre-registration physiotherapy education. In: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, 11 November 2016 - 12 November 2016, Liverpool.

  • Thompson C; Milligan J; Johnson M; Briggs M (2016) Pain education in professional health courses – a scoping review of guidelines, standards and frameworks. In: The 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT), 11 November 2016 - 12 November 2016, Liverpool.

    http://www.physiotherapyjournal.com/article/S0031-9406(16)30125-0/fulltext

  • Milligan J; Grafton K; Hammond JA (2016) An exploration of students´ views of parallel teaching in pre-registration physiotherapy education.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2016.10.376

  • Thompson K; Milligan J; Johnson M; Briggs M (2016) Pain education professional health courses - a scoping review. In: British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 10 May 2016 - 12 May 2016, Harrogate.

  • Johnson MI; Thompson K; Milligan J; Briggs M (2016) Pain education in professional health courses- a scoping review. In: Annual Scientific Conference of the British Pain Society, 1 May 2016, Harrogate.

  • Milligan J (2011) What are the implications of accelerated pre-registration training?. In: Networking for Education in Healthcare (NET) conference, 6 September 2011 - 8 September 2011, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • Milligan J (2011) How do clinicians view pre-registration accelerated physiotherapy training?. In: World Confederation of Physical Therapy conference, 20 June 2011 - 23 June 2011, Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands.

  • Milligan J (2008) Comparison of clinical performance between accelerated and traditionally trained pre-registration physiotherapy students. In: Congress of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 17 October 2008 - 18 October 2008, Manchester Central Convention Centre.

  • Milligan J (2008) What are the implications of accelerated pre-registration physiotherapy training?. In: Congress of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 17 October 2008 - 18 October 2008, Manchester Central Convention Centre, UK.

  • Milligan J (2001) Medical Perceptions of the Extended Scope Practitioner. In: Congress and Exhibition of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 19 October 2001 - 21 October 2001, International Convention Centre, Birmingham, UK.

  • Milligan J (2010) An exploration of accelerated pre-registration courses in physiotherapy: perceptions of practitioners. [PhD Thesis]. University of Huddersfield.

  • Milligan J (2000) How do Orthopaedic Specialist Registrars perceive the role of the Physiotherapists working as Extended Scope Practitioners?. [Master's Thesis]. University of Bradford.