Mrs Kath Donohue

Mrs Kath Donohue

Lecturer in Physiotherapy

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


Part-time cardio-respiratory lecturer on the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Degree course in Physiotherapy and post-graduate cardio-respiratory Masters modules at Plymouth University.

Personal tutor across all 3 year groups.

Previously acting module lead for first year cardiorespiratory module.


Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy from the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham, in 1991.

I consolidated my education through 2 years of junior rotations across core areas before specialising in the physiotherapy management of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Using this knowledge I spent a year in India, volunteering with Voluntary Services Overseas, where I furthered the physiotherapy and nursing education in an attempt to improve care for patients.

On my return to the UK I further developed my specialism towards the respiratory management of SCI, for those patients at risk of ventilatory failure and moved into management of long-term respiratory conditions and palliative care services.

My most recent clinical role has been with the Plymouth Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service and Outpatient Respiratory Service.

I am working towards my own MSc in Advanced Professional Practice and as part of this became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Professional membership

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. (MCSP)

Registered Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. (HCPC)

Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis. (ACPCF)

Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care. (ACPRC)

Committee member of the Southwest Physiotherapy Respiratory Interest Group. (SPRIG)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. (HEA)

Teaching interests

Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy

Part-time lecturer with a special interest in Cystic Fibrosis across all 3 year groups on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course.

Part-time lecturer on post-graduate cardio-respiratory MSc modules.

Research interests

Pending research project into development of a training programme for clinicians to enhance their ability to identify the barriers to adherence to treatment in patients with Cystic Fibrosis.