Dr Geraldine Hastings
I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1994 with a BSc (Hons) from Cardiff School of Physiotherapy, University of Wales. My clinical career was based predominantly in the acute medical environment specialising in paediatric physiotherapy. However, I did work briefly in Cardiff Community with adults and children with a range of mental health problems. Prior to taking up my academic appointment I was the clinical specialist physiotherapist for the Regional Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of Wales. There, I was responsible for the provision of the physiotherapy service and the development and facilitation of evidence based practice in paediatric critical care.
In 2003, I became a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Healthcare Studies at Cardiff University, where I teach part-time on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course and MSc modules including Ethics in Health and Social Care. I teach as a member of several teaching teams involved in the delivery, assessment and development of course modules including Personal and Professional Development, Professional Practice and Research and Evaluation. Currently, I balance this academic role with my doctoral studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol.
I am also involved with external networks to share information and ideas. I am the Chairperson of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists in Wales Committee where I liaise with clinical paediatric colleagues to disseminate research findings and contribute to continuing professional development.