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About Kate Grafton

Kate is National Teacher Fellow, Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead for Physiotherapy. Kate is part of the team that teaches across the BSc and MSc (pre-registration) programmes with a specific interest in resilience, reflective practice and pedagogic healthcare research.

Kate initially came to Leeds Metropolitan University in 2004 on a part-time lecturer-practitioner basis subsequently moving into full-time education. Kate's clinical specialty is CVR (cardiovascular and respiratory) specifically intensive care, surgery and organ transplantation.

Kate qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 and worked as a clinical physiotherapist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Leeds for 15 years. Working in the field of cardiovascular and respiratory care.

Current Teaching

Kate teaches across BSc (Hons) and MSc Pre-Registration Physiotherapy Programmes and contributes to the university PGCap qualification:

  • Professional Skills for Practice
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory
  • Multi-system physiology
  • Research Methods
  • Leadership in Healthcare

Research Interests

Kate’s research interests focus mainly around pedagogy in physiotherapy education. Contemplative education strategies such as building resilience, mindful education and reflective practice. Current projects focus on exploring the use of Virtual Reality and immersive simulation in physiotherapy and healthcare education.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (2)

Conference contributions (8)

  • Grafton K; Milligan J (2019) Building resilience in students: 'bounce-back ability' Northumbria University 20190702. : .
  • Horwood K; Grafton K; Manley A (2019) Beckett Break-Ins Leeds 20190627. : .
  • Grafton K; Aydogan C (2018) Resilience - Developing a level 4 resilience module Liverpool Hilton 20180704. : .
  • Grafton K; Aydogan C (2018) Resilience, Resilience, Resilience Leeds Beckett University 20180628. : .
  • Altinors W; Folley D; Grafton KA (2017) Induction: It's not just showing them the toilets Leeds Beckett University 20170629. : .
  • Grafton K; Theaker C (2017) Teaching Excellence: Building Bridges National Teacher Fellow Conference Leeds Beckett University 20170510. : .
  • Milligan J; Grafton K (2016) An exploration of students' views of parallel teaching in pre-registration physiotherapy education Liverpool, UK 20161111. : Elsevier.
  • Milligan J; Grafton K; Hammond JA (2016) An exploration of students´ views of parallel teaching in pre-registration physiotherapy education Liverpool 20161111. : Elsevier.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (2)

  • Blythe J; Grafton K; Thompson K (2019) Physiotherapy Students' experience of Simulation. In: BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning Leeds 20190710. : , pp. .
  • GRAFTON K (2008) Rehabilitation after renal transplant. In: Advances in Renal Physiotherapy Conference . King's College London: , pp. .
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