Sonia Crabtree

Lecturer in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

School/Department: Healthcare, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7231



I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990 and began my Physiotherapy career at St James's University Hospital in Leeds. At the time this was the largest teaching hospital in Europe. After 2 years of completing both in-patient and outpatient rotations, I specialised in cardiorespiratory care. I worked in several trusts in progressively more senior clinical positions including: The Northern General Hospital NHS trust-Sheffield; The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust; Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Kettering General Hospital NHS foundation Trust where I was a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist on Intensive care and the respiratory lead for both the acute setting and the community service for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

I became a lecture practitioner in 2014 where I taught Physiotherapy students at both Coventry University  and the University of Leicester whilst still working in clinical practice. 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

I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) & I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

I am also a Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)

Research Interests

Physiotherapy in Acute and Critical Care including Critical Care Rehabilitation.

Breathing Pattern Disorders 


  • I teach on various 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Modules on the Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) course.
  • I am also Year 1 Tutor



  • MSc in Physiotherapy
  • PGCert. in Clinical Education
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