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 Gwyneth Hayward (nee Richards)

Gwyneth Hayward (nee Richards)

Lecturer: Physiotherapy (Welsh/Bilingual)

+44 (0)29 225 11786
2.17, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Welsh speaking


Up until July 2022 I worked part-time as a First Contact Practitioner (physiotherapist) in a Primary Care Cluster in West Wales. I ventured into the academic world as a lecturer in Cardiff University four years ago, after completing my Non- Medical Prescribing modules. I have since completed my MSc Physiotherapy with distinction and I achieved my FHEA accreditation in 2021. My post in Cardiff was initially part-funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, to support Welsh speaking students and to develop bilingual resources in the undergraduate programme. I am passionate about supporting the next generation of physiotherapists as well as encouraging clinicians and postgraduate students to remain life-long learners.


I went to Llanycrwys Primary School and then Lampeter Comprehensive before I ventured across the border for my further education at North East London Polytechnic and The London Hospital in 1984-1988. Our course was one of the early Physiotherapy Degree programmes and I graduated with a BSC (Hons) and a distinction in clinical practice. Morriston Hospital was my first place of employment and this gave me a great grounding as a foundation for my career. I worked on further rotational posts in Bronglais, Aberystwyth before specialising in Outpatient Physiotherapy in a small, rural health centre in Lampeter, which was subsequently relocated to Lampeter Surgery. I have worked closely with many members of the multi-disciplinary team, and this gave me the support network to extend my role into Independent Prescribing and eventually to work as part of the Primary Care Team in North Ceredigion. I gained my FHEA qualification last year, and in July 2022 I decided to focus on my lecturing role in Cardiff University. I work three and four days on alternate weeks.


Until recently, I have predominantly supported the undergraduate programme - in practical teaching sessions of anatomy and physiotherapy practical skills as well as in a module related to physiotherapy in health and society. I will be supporting a third-year module related to physiotherapy practice and employment this year and I am supervising two undergraduate students with their dissertations. They are looking at the 'Active Offer ' as it relates to their peers. I am particularly proud to be a personal tutor as well - both to Welsh and English speakers. My postgraduate teaching role has developed in the last year. I will be teaching on the Pre-Registration Physiotherapy (MSc) programme and I also support the FCP module, as well as supervising MSc students with their dissertations. The Welsh language role means that I am involved with marking submissions from students undertaking the incentive scholarship form Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol - where they are studying a third of their programme in Welsh. My role in student admissions is rewarding and enjoy supporting Open Days and Career events. 

My research focuses on the qualitative study of student perceptions and experiences relating to Welsh language provision and integration into the curriculum. I am also interested in Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMS) relating to physiotherapy.


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