Mr Alec Rickard
Profiles

Mr Alec Rickard

Lecturer in Physiotherapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)

Role

I am currently the programme lead for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree programme, where I have also previously been the admissions and year 1 stage tutor for many years, plus I am also the academic liaison person for Plymouth University's validated courses at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, London. I have experience of multi- and inter-disciplinary teaching and support of students from various other programmes, including the MSc Advanced Professional Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing programmes and have been previously the programme lead for the DipHE in Operating Department Practice.


In addition to teaching, I also continue to support health professions students on clinical placement and I am involved with extra curricular and outreach activities, such as organising the physiotherapy service at the Plymouth Half Marathon and the University's Occupational Health Physiotherapy Clinic for staff.

I have also undertaken various other roles within the University, such as a member of the Professional Issues Committee of the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and the Faculty's representative on the Recruitment and Admissions Committee and the Qualifications sub-group, assisting in the guidance for the adoption of new qualifications and Disclosure and Barring Service processes. 

Prior to joining the University in 2005, I worked in various positions as a physiotherapist in the NHS, specialising in the management of chronic pain and developing an Extended Scope Practitioner role within a local Pain Clinic.

Qualifications

Qualifications
1997    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of Hertfordshire

2006    General Teaching Associate’s course (LTHE300 module), University of Plymouth, 
             (leading to 'Associate of the Higher Education Academy')

2007    Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Plymouth

2014    MSc in Health and Social Care Education


Clinical background
1997 - 1999   Rotational Junior Physiotherapist, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow

1998 - 2000   Physiotherapist, Wembley Mill Hill Ladies Football Club, London

1999 - 2000   Senior II Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Outpatients, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow

2000 - 2001   Senior II Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Outpatients/Pain Management, Torbay Hospital, Torquay

2001 - 2003   Senior I Physiotherapist, Pain Management, Torbay Hospital, Torquay

2003 - 2005   Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (and Extended Scope Practitioner) in Pain Management, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

Professional membership

1997-to date  Registered Physiotherapist with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC – formerly HPC and CPSM)

1997-to date  Member of Chartered Society in Physiotherapy (MCSP)

2001-to date  Member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association

2003 - 2010   Member of the British Pain Society

2007-to date  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

2007-to date    CSP - moderator for the admissions tutors' network on iCSP
2007-to 2012   Member of the CSP admissions tutor’s forum; Vice chair 2010-11 and Chair 2011-12
2008-2009       Aimhigher/SWLLLN: Higher Education Advocate for the Society, Health and Development Diploma

2012-to 2014    Invited member CSP e-learning strategy steering group 

Teaching interests

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
 - Module lead PHY107 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
 - Module lead HEAA138 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (with Podiatry)

EOE3414 Sports Injuries

MSc Work and Wellbeing - Module lead WWB503 Facilitating change: the person, work and environment

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Work and Wellbeing) - module lead ADV701 Contemporary Issues in Work and Wellbeing

Masterclasses (condition management/return to work)

Non-medical prescribing/Supplementary Prescribing for Health Professionals (Associate tutor) - level 6 and 7

Staff serving as external examiners

2016-2019 BS(hons) Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Other academic activities

2007-to date    Faculty Professional Issues Committee

2007 - 2011     Academic member of Torbay Care Trust Placement Development Team

2008 - 2011     Aimhigher Healthcare Strand Steering Group

2009 - 2012     University Recruitment and Admissions Committee Faculty representative and Qualifications sub-group committee member

2012-to date    Academic liaison officer for the British College of Osteopathic Medicine