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Dr Mike Smith

Dr Mike Smith

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87927
2F25b, 2nd Floor, Cardigan House, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

I have a unique skill set and extensive experience in healthcare, research and education environments. I bring these to bear in my work in professional practice development, healthcare research and healthcare education, with a particular emphasis on diagnostic ultrasound and on the shoulder.

From a healthcare perspective I am a qualified physiotherapist and (musculoskeletal) sonographer. My dual clincial qualifications provide a foundation for the point of care diagnostic ultrasound work (professional practice development, research and education) that forms a key part of my profile.

From a research perspective I have led laboratory and clinic based research as a Chief Investigator under single and multi-centre ethical approvals. This includes my previous £170,000 Fellowship from Arthritis Research UK where clinic based assessments (including diagnostic ultrasound) were used to investigate potential prognostic variables in patients with subacromial impingement / rotator cuff tendinopathy.

From an education perspective I have over 10 years’ experience in the higher education sector, am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have been involved with physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate education across fundamental, applied and clinical specialties. More recently my education and policy work has centred on developing models of sonography education that align with the scope of practice for sonographers.

In 2016 I initiated the process of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) joining the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) as a mechanism for the CSP to contribute to the highest standards in ultrasound education and practice. I subsequently represent the CSP on the CASE committee, which involves implementing CASE policy and strategy as determined by the Consortium. I also sit on the BMUS Professional Standards Group Committee, whose remit is to develop standards relevant to ultrasound practice, including criteria for referral for ultrasound and image and reporting quality.

Throughout 2018 I have been heavily involved with Health Education England work looking at sonographer training in the UK. In December 2018 I was chosen as the project lead for the CASE Accreditation Review which will be a full review of the CASE end-to-end accreditation process.

I started my clinical career as a Physiotherapist, working first in the NHS and then moving into the private sector. After completing my clinical rotations I specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients and developed a particular interest in shoulder dysfunction. In 2003 I commenced a full time MSc in Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, taking a tenured lecturing post in 2004.

Having successfully completed phase 1 of the Cardiff University Postgraduate Course in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL) I secured Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). During my time as a full time Lecturer I had extensive involvement in design of teaching and assessment material, curriculum planning and module leadership. I was also the only Lecturer to win the student nominated "Lecturer of the Year" award on 2 occasions.

Having led on a number of Fellowship applications I was awarded a £170,000 fellowship by Arthritis Research UK to undertake my PhD study looking at prognostic indicators in shoulder rehabilitation. During this Fellowship I successfully completed a Post-graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound making me at the time one of only a handful of physiotherapists in the UK with this formally recognised scanning qualification. I am on the Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers, administered by the UK College of Radiographers.

Professional memberships

I am a member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists), EUSSER (European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation), British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)












I have led laboratory and clinic based research as a Chief Investigator under single and multi-centre ethical approvals. My clinical research combines diagnostic ultrasound imaging with the management of shoulder disorders. This includes my £170,000 Fellowship from Arthritis Research UK where I explored prognostic factors relating to the management of patients with subacromial impingement / rotator cuff tendinopathy.

Tissue engineering and repair expertise

Use of diagnostic ultrasound imaging to identify tissue pathology as a potential prognostic factor in disease progression and treatment outcome