Jon is a physiotherapist by profession and has worked clinically in the field of musculoskeletal and sports injuries for many years within the Norwich area. Prior to moving into education Jon worked in the NHS, independent healthcare and in professional sport. Although he teaches across a number of areas and programmes, Jon’s main clinical interest lies in sports injuries. He also has a passion for all aspects of professional development, change management and service improvement.
Jon is a family man, married to a physiotherapist with 2 children. He is a governor of a local primary school in Norfolk.
- Anglian Water, Norwich - Laboratory Technician: 1985-1987.
- Life Science Research Institute, Occold, Suffolk -: Data collator: 1983-1985.
After leaving school Jon worked for local companies LSR and Anglian Water for 6 years before training to become a physiotherapist. Following qualification Jon was employed on an NHS physiotherapist rotation scheme gaining experience in a variety of healthcare settings across the Norwich area.
His first senior post was a musculoskeletal rotation between out-patients, orthopaedics and rheumatology at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust (NNUH). After 3 years in this role he took a Senior I position in Orthopaedics at the NNUH, working predominantly on the trauma wards.
During this time Jon gained part time experience working for Norwich Rugby Football Club, covering games and running mid-week clinics. In 1998 following the creation of the Football Association Academy system for youth football, Jon joined Norwich City as their Academy Physiotherapist. This role involved looking after the health and well-being of around 120 elite young footballers between the ages of 9 and 16.
In 2001 Jon joined BUPA Hospital Norwich as Physiotherapy Manager and subsequently became Paramedical Services Manager with line-management responsibility for diagnostic imaging, pathology, pharmacy and health screening, in addition to physiotherapy.
Jon joined the UEA as a lecturer in 2005, where he has been ever since. He is currently the undergraduate course director for physiotherapy and team lead for the rehabilitation strand of ATS staff. Jon has a special interest in service improvement and became a Fellow of the NHS Improvement Faculty in 2010.
In 2013 Jon became a member of the clinical board of Ipswich based company IPRS, a role which he conducts on a consultancy basis.
- MSc in Health Sciences - UEA, Norwich
- Post graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice - UEA, Norwich
- Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy – Oswestry & N. Staffs School of Physiotherapy
Chapter 6 - Service Improvement (and employability),
in How to Develop your Healthcare Career : A Guide to Employability and Professional Development.
ISBN 9781118910832UEA Repository
Agent for Change!: Facing the challenges of leading people through change ,
Chapter 2: SWOT analysis: a tool for CPD,
in Tools for Continual Professional 2nd Edition.
pp. 15-23UEA Repository
Chapter 4: Learning contracts in practice: their role in CPD,
in Tools for Continual Professional Development 2nd Edition.
pp. 39-52UEA Repository
Hearts, minds and courage for improvement,
in RCSLT Bulletin
pp. 18-19UEA Repository
Service improvement in Pre-registration Education,
in Tools For Continuing Professional Development .
ISBN 9781856424240UEA Repository
The UEA Service Improvement Training Model: Developing Hearts and Minds for Improvement,
I can make a difference. The UEA Service Improvement Teaching Model.,UEA Repository
I Can Make a Difference! The UEA model for teaching service improvement,
Ten Thousand Students Undertake Service Improvement Projects,
The Yellow Brick Road to Improvement,
Improving the Learning Experience, Students and Staff Moving Forwards Together,
Service Improvement Teaching at the UEA,
Key Research Interests
Along with students from the MSc programme in Physiotherapy Jon has been working with Norwich City F.C for the past 3 years on a range of research projects. These cover topics such as:
- Hydration, fatigue and injury in elite youth football.
- Growth, maturation and injury.
- Ankle injury risk factors and patterns within elite youth football.
- Mental toughness and its impact on injury reporting amongst elite youth footballers
- Somatotype grading and its link with the incidence of injury in elite youth football.
- Biobanding and injury prevention.
- Return to training tests for elite youth football.
Jon's teaching mainly covers the areas outlined earlier for the undergrad. and post-grad. pre-reg. physiotherapy programmes. He has also taught sports injuries on the post-reg. post-grad. musculoskeletal MSc course.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Fellow of the NHS Improvement Faculty
- Member of the Clinical Board of IPRS - 2013 to date
- Member of steering group for the development of the CSP Code of Professional Values and Behaviour - 2012
Enterprise and Engagement Activities
- Close links development with Norwich City Football Club - includes placements, teaching support, research projects and employment opportunities - 2011 to present
- Service improvement work - 2006 to present
- Podium and poster presentation at Phsiotherapy UK Conference 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 (under review)
- Poster presentations at the International Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Podium and poster presentations at Networking on Education and Training (NET) - 2010-11
- Poster presentations and national poster prize winner – The NHS Improvement Faculty Conference - 2011
- Course Director for the MSc Physiotherapy Programme