Kate Grafton, Principal Lecturer

Kate Grafton

Principal Lecturer

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.

Kate Grafton, Principal Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Healthcare
  2. Physiology

Selected Outputs

  • GRAFTON K (2008) Rehabilitation after renal transplant. In: Advances in Renal Physiotherapy Conference. King's College London.

  • Blythe J; Grafton K; Thompson K (2019) Physiotherapy Students' experience of Simulation. In: Sevdalis N eds. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 10 July 2019, Leeds.


  • 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.

  • Horwood K; Grafton K; Manley A (2019) Beckett Break-Ins. In: DEAP 19 Teaching Excellence & Student Outcomes, 27 June 2019, Leeds.

  • Grafton K; Aydogan C (2018) Resilience - Developing a level 4 resilience module. In: AMOSSHE - Stuent Services Conferene, 4 July 2018 - 6 July 2018, Liverpool Hilton.

  • Grafton K; Aydogan C (2018) Resilience, Resilience, Resilience. In: Developing Excellent Aademic Practice DEAP Conference 2018, 28 June 2018, Leeds Beckett University.

  • Altinors W; Folley D; Grafton KA (2017) Induction: It’s not just showing them the toilets. In: DEAP (Developing Excellent Academic Practice, 29 June 2017 - 30 June 2017, Leeds Beckett University.

  • Grafton K; Theaker C (2017) Teaching Excellence: Building Bridges National Teacher Fellow Conference. In: Building Bridges: National Teacher Fellow Conference, 10 May 2017, Leeds Beckett University.

  • Milligan J; Grafton K (2016) An exploration of students’ views of parallel teaching in pre-registration physiotherapy education. 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, UK.


  • 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.