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Mrs Dawn Pickering 


I did my professional physiotherapy training in Birmingham qualifying in 1980. Following this I came to Cardiff to work at the University Hospital of Wales. When the opportunity to work in Paediatrics came up   I moved into the Children’s Centre and developed community and special school expertise. After a career break to have my children, I moved to work in Caerphilly at the Children’s Centre based at Energlyn in 1992. This project is a multiagency partnership and enabled me to develop some management skills. In my time there, I studied for a Masters in Child Health from 1996-1999 and began to research family centred care. I enjoyed being involved in staff development from assistants to more senior staff and my final position there was team leader and clinical specialist in paediatric physiotherapy.

I joined the teaching staff at Cardiff University in 2002 which has provided me with further career development. Having successfully completed a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in Medical Education in 2005, I developed my research further in family centred care by carrying out a pilot project from 2006-2009. This is an approach to patient centred care that involves working with parents and children and young people with disabilities. Focus groups and interviews were used to explore staff and parents experiences of family centred care. This work is published and was presented at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, 2011.

My teaching commitments involve Undergraduate neurology physiology, personal and professional development and research as well as a Postgraduate Masters in Paediatric Neuro-rehabilitation. I am external examiner for a course validated by Swansea University: ‘The use of the Trampoline for Therapy’.

I am currently the Principal Investigator of a Pilot research study: Pedal Power- looking at the effects of adapted cycling for children with cerebral palsy. This project is funded externally by the Nancie Finnie Charitable Trust and data collection will be completed by April 2012. There is a team of four physiotherapists working on this project, which is a partnership with the voluntary organisation ‘Pedal Power Cardiff’, the cycle hire facility for the city. A community engagement event was held in March 2011 as part of National Science week, to disseminate the findings to date. Poster and platform presentations have been held in Belfast, Derby, Cardiff and Amsterdam.

I have been involved in the Welsh Branch of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) as Treasurer and on the organising committee for 2 national conferences held in South Wales (1984 and 2005). I took on the role of Education Officer for the National APCP Committee from 2006-2009. This involved advising and teaching on various postgraduate courses around the UK and Cyprus, as well as attending National committee meetings. In this role I acted as a consultant on an expert interview panel for Taunton NHS Trust commissioning their children’s services.
I was invited to represent the All Wales Children and Young person’s physiotherapy manager’s group in providing evidence for a research report ‘Fair Play’ about disabled children’s play opportunities in Wales.