Sonia Crabtree

Lecturer in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

School/Department: Allied Health Professions, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7231



I qualified as a Physiotherapist in1990 and began my physiotherapy career at St James's University Hospital in Leeds. After 2 years completing both in and outpatient rotations I specialised in cardiorespiratory care. I worked in several trusts in progressively more senior positions including: Northern General Hospital NHS trust-Sheffield; University Hospitals of Leicester; Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Kettering General Hospital NHS foundation Trust where I was a clinical specialist on Intensive care and respiratory lead for both the acute setting and the community service for COPD.

I became a lecture practitioner in 2014 teaching Physiotherapy students at both Coventry and Leicester University. I became a full time lecturer in 2017 after 27 years of NHS service. In 2019 I was awarded an MSc in Physiotherapy from Coventry University. My dissertation Project investigated the physiotherapist’s experience of the nature and diagnosis of breathing pattern disorders.

Professional Membership

HCPC registered & MCSP.

Member of the ACPRC

Research Interests

Physiotherapy in acute and Critical care including critical care rehabilitation.

Breathing Pattern disorders 


BSc in Physiotherapy. Modules PH 1003 PH1004 PH 1007 PH2002 PH 2008. PH 3002 PH 3003
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