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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, successfully completed a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in Medical Education in 2005. My teaching commitments involve Undergraduate neurology physiology, personal and professional development and research as well as a Postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy. I am leader for the adult and paediatric Neurorehabilitation module.  I have developed the Interprofessional personal and professional development module for the revalidated programme from 2014. I am committed to developing healthcare practitioners who show empathy, care and compassion.

External responsibilities:

I am external examiner for Masters Modules at Sheffield Hallam University. 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.

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 now published by the Bevan Foundation. In July 2013 I was appointed to the British Academy of Childhood Disability Strategic Research group.