Teaching & Research
I am a principal lecturer in Physiotherapy and Deputy Head for the School of Allied Health and Community. I teach across all academic levels 4 - 7, enjoying all aspects of teaching and learning.
My teaching style is interactive, inclusive and student-centred, and aims to make theory relevant and applied to practice in all teaching sessions. I also love to work across professional boundaries, in an inter-professional setting.
My Doctoral research explored “The learning experiences of student physiotherapists with visual impairments”. My other research interests include learning experiences, inter-professional education, student experience and academic support.
I supervise MSc and PhD students within the School and wider College.
Frank, H. McLinden, M., Douglas, G. (2020) Accessing the curriculum; university based learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students. Nurse Education in Practice. 42 Available online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102620
Kyte, Rachel and Frank, Helen and Thomas, Yvonne (2018) Physiotherapy Students’ Experiences of Role Emerging Placements; a Qualitative Study. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care (2): 1-13. Available online:
Frank, H., (2017) Exploring the learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students. VictarNews. Available online
Frank, H., McLinden, M., Douglas, G. (2014) Investigating the learning experiences of physiotherapy students with visual impairments: an exploratory study. British Journal of Visual Impairment 32: 223
Thomas, Y., Frank, H., Mauro-Bracken, L., Goodall, D., Thackeray, K., Jones, R. (2014). The value of writing groups and the barriers to writing: A response. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 21(6), 259
N. Metje; H. L. Frank; P. Croft (2007) Can't do maths--understanding students' maths anxiety Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 26: 79-88
Ransley, B., Gaskin, K., Frank, H (2019) A Systematised Literature Review investigating the effects of Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) therapy on clinical outcomes in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Proceedings of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care Annual Conference; April 2019, Birmingham, UK
H. Frank. Accessing the curriculum; university-based learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students. Platform presentation at Showcasing and exploring excellence. Proceedings of the University of Worcester Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Conference, University of Worcester 16th June 2016
H. Frank, Prof M, McLinden, Dr G, Douglas (2015) Accessing the curriculum. Barriers and enablers experienced by visually impaired physiotherapy students in university physiotherapy education. Poster presented at: Physiotherapy U.K 2015. Proceedings of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Annual Conference; 2014 Oct 16-17; Liverpool, U.K.
H. Frank. Becoming a physiotherapist; university-based learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students. Platform presentation at Research in Education Across Boundaries. Proceedings of the Bristol Doctoral Conference, Bristol University 1st & 2nd June 2015
Kyte, R, Frank, H, Thomas, Y and Double, A. Evaluation of the impact of Action Learning Sets in an undergraduate physiotherapy education programme. Poster presented at Physiotherapy U.K 2014. Proceedings of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Annual Conference; 2014 Oct 10-11; Birmingham, U.K.
H. Frank, R.Kyte, and Y.Thomas. (2014) Evaluation of a novel continuous practice placement model in a newly developed undergraduate physiotherapy education programme. Poster presented at: Physiotherapy U.K 2014. Proceedings of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Conference; 2014 Oct 10-11; Birmingham, U.K.
H. Frank, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (South). Supporting students with disabilities; research into the learning experiences of physiotherapy students with visual impairments. January 2012
H, Frank 2012 The learning experiences of student physiotherapists with visual impairments – an exploratory study. Theme Paper presented at Nurse Education Today Conference. Proceedings of the Nurse Education Today Conference, 4-6 Sept 2012, University of Cambridge, UK.
Wells, A., Lees, R., Frank, H. (2021) Developing and delivering a virtual assistive technology training programme for mobility aids in Papua New Guinea. Virtual Physiotherapy UK November 2021 - Online, United Kingdom https://www.csp.org.uk/professional-clinical/courses-events/physiotherapy-uk
Ransley, B. Gaskin, K., Frank, H. (2019) A systematised literature review investigating the effects of oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) therapy on clinical outcomes in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Journal of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care. Volume 51 Supplement. Poster abstracts from the ACPRC Conference 2019. https://www.acprc.org.uk/Data/Publication_Downloads/Volume-51-Supplement-2019-ACPRC-v7.pdf?date=03/06/2019%2014:33:35
External Examiner roles
Sheffield Hallam University BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2019 - ongoing
University of Essex MSc (Prescribing) 2017 – 2020
Leeds Beckett University BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2011-2015
(Invited) Re-approval University of Liverpool, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2020
Course Re-approval St. Georges, University of London, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2019
Course Re-approval Bournemouth University, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2018
Course Re-approval University of East London, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2017
Edexcel Pearson A Level PE Review 2012-2015
OCNWMR Validation and Approval, Access to Higher Education Diploma 2014
CSP Education Representative
University of Lincoln 2017 - current
Bournemouth University 2018 - 2020
University College Birmingham 2019 - current
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
British Journal of Visual Impairment
International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care