I joined the University in 2004 following 18 years working clinically as a physiotherapist specialising in neurological rehabilitation. I have worked in a variety of settings in the NHS an private sector including some time working at a rehabilitation centre in Canada. As well as my work for the University I have worked clinically in private practice; taught splinting in neurology courses nationally and have worked as an expert witness physiotherapist for medical legal cases.
I am the Prgramme Leader for BSC Physiotherapy and I mainly teach on the BSc ( hons) Physiotherapy and MSc ( pre reg) Physiotherapy Programmes. As well as all aspects of neurological physiotherapy, my other academic interests include, pathophysiology, health and wellbeing ; ageing and frailty.
Qualifications and memberships
PgD Academic practice
Fellow of HEA
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology
Sapsford, F, ( 2015) " Effects of Stroke on Hand Laterality Judgement: Results from a Pilot study. Presentation University of Cumbria Doctoral Colloquium. University of Cumbria July 2015
Wooton,S., Sapsford,F (2016) Physiotherapy students perceptions of treating people with dementia in professional practice. Agility Spring / Summer 2016 pp29 -37
Sapsford,F,Dewhurst,S,Donovan,T ( 2016) "Ageing affects accuracy in hand laterality judgement". Poster presentation Research Symposium Actvive Ageing Research Group. University of Cumbria June 2016.
Sapsford,F,Dewhurst,S,Donovan,T ( 2016) "Ageing affects accuracy in hand laterality judgement" Platform presentation European Region of World Confederation of Physical Therapy Conference Liverpool November 2016
Recent external roles
2012 -2018 Expert Witness in Neurological Physiotherapy.
2015 Consultancy to Calvert Trust Charity: Developing Stroke services
2013 – 2015: Consultancy to Developing Physio Charity