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Dr Di Thomson

Dr Di Thomson

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Email: D.Thomson@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Phone: 0208 725 0377

Biography

Di qualified as a physiotherapist from King's College London and worked for several years as a paediatric physiotherapist in various settings before training as a physiotherapy lecturer and moving into teaching roles at Guy's Hospital School of Physiotherapy, then the University of East London.

In 1989, Di's MSc in Behavioural Biology and Healthcare enabled her to link her interest in health psychology with health practice and her MSc thesis was an evaluation of the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire counselling service (an associate of Westminster Pastoral Foundation). She subsequently moved to King's College London, where her interest in exploring the psycho-social aspects of physiotherapy practice continued and she was instrumental in designing and lecturing on the psycho-social pathway in the curriculum.

Di's key areas of teaching interest and expertise include health psychology , psychology for exercise , communication and cognitive behavioural therapy. She is currently a module leader on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and leads two modules on the MSc Exercise for Health. She also acts as a co-admissions tutor for the latter.

Di is an active researcher, having been involved with postgraduate physiotherapy research looking at practice-focused issues at UEL, King's College and recently at Kingston & St George's. Her PhD thesis (University of East Anglia, 2005) was entitled 'An Ethnography Of Physiotherapy Practice: A Contextual Exploration Into The Social Construction Of Practice'. She is published widely, using a range of qualitative methodologies, notably in the areas of psychology for exercise , service user involvement and the link between academia and clinical practice. She is committed to supervising postgraduate research projects and publishing those that are of particular merit.

Di is also a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and has worked as such for the past 20 years. She is currently employed one day a week in a GP practice. After completing a course in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), she worked for three years as an honorary CBT therapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London, and is currently employed there as a CBT assessor.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • Postgraduate course: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychodynamic Psychotherapists, , Westminster Pastoral Foundation
  • PhD, University of East Anglia
  • Accredited Counsellor, , British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • PgDip, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Westminster Pastoral Foundation
  • MSc, Behavioural Biology and Healthcare
  • Accredited Counsellor, , Westminster Pastoral Foundation
  • PgDip, Counselling, Westminster Pastoral Foundation
  • PgDip, Teacher of Physiotherapy
  • MFPC (Accredited)
  • MCSP
  • MBACP (Accredited)

Professional experience

  • 2011 - 2012
    Admission Tutor MSc Exercise For Health,
  • 2009 - 2012
    Module leader BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy ,
  • 2009 - 2012
    Module leader MSc Exercise for Health ,
  • 2009 - 2012
    PG and UG project supervisor ,
  • 1998 - 2010
    Lecturer, King's College London ,
  • 2005 - 2009
    Psychosocial pathway leader BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy,
  • 2002 - 2005
    PG Course Director ,

Research interests

Qualitative research methodologies; physiotherapy practice; reflection and reflexivity as a tool for change; health psychology; communication in healthcare; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); psychology and exercise; self management strategies in behavioural change approaches.

Grants and funding

  • 2009 - 2011
    £18,000 King's College London. To evaluate service user involvement in undergraduate physiotherapy curricula

Publications

Number of items: 31.

Article

Thomson, Di, Patterson, David, Chapman, Hannah, Murray, Louise, Toner, Maeve and Hassenkamp, Anne-Marie (2016) Exploring the experiences and implementing strategies for physiotherapy students who perceive they have been bullied or harassed on clinical placements: Participatory action research. Physiotherapy, ISSN (print) 0031-9406 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Thomson, Di and McAdoo, Kevin (2015) An exploration into the development of motivation to exercise in a group of male UK regular gym users. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, ISSN (print) 1612-197X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Thomson, Di, Boyle, Daniel, Legg, Christopher, Owen, Mathew, Newman, Melanie and Cole, Mary-Jane (2014) Clinical placements: the perspectives of UK physiotherapy students on how prepared they were by their university for their first clinical placements: an example of one HEI. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, 2(1), pp. 69-79. ISSN (online) 2051-6223

Thomson, Di and Hilton, Ros (2013) Service users' perceptions regarding their involvement in a physiotherapy educational programme in the UK: a qualitative study. Physiotherapy, 99(2), pp. 153-158. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Thomson, Di and Love, Helen (2013) Exploring the negative social evaluation of patients by specialist physiotherapists working in residential intermediate care. Physiotherapy, 99(1), pp. 71-77. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Thomson, Di and Hilton, Ros (2012) An evaluation of students' perspectives of a college based programme that involves patients, carers and service users in physiotherapy education. Physiotherapy Research International, 17(1), pp. 36-47. ISSN (print) 1358-2267

Thomson, Di (2011) Ethnography: a suitable approach for providing an inside perspective on the everyday lives of health professionals. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18(1), pp. 10-17. ISSN (print) 1741-1645

Thomson, Di (2010) The social meaning and function of humour in physiotherapy practice: an ethnography. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 26(1), pp. 1-11. ISSN (print) 0959-3985

Ali, Nada and Thomson, Di (2009) A comparison of the knowledge of chronic pain and its management between final year physiotherapy and medical students. European Journal of Pain, 13(1), pp. 38-50. ISSN (print) 1090-3801

Thomson, Di and Hassenkamp, Anne-Marie (2008) The social meaning and function of food rituals in healthcare practice: an ethnography. Human Relations, 61(12), pp. 1775-1802. ISSN (print) 0018-7267

Thomson, Di, Steward, Barbara and Richardson, Barbara (2008) How a team of physiotherapists negotiated the impact of current healthcare policies on their practice: the CHAI visit. Advances in Physiotherapy, 10(1), pp. 21-30. ISSN (print) 1403-8196

Thomson, Di (2008) An ethnographic study of physiotherapists' perceptions of their interactions with patients on a chronic pain unit. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 24(6), pp. 408-422. ISSN (print) 0959-3985

Salmon, Victoria and Thomson, Di (2007) Measurement of force production during concurrent performance of a memory task. Physiotherapy, 93(4), pp. 283-290. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Housley, Georgie and Thomson, Diane (2007) A survey to explore the negative social evaluation of patients by physiotherapists. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 14(4), pp. 174-186. ISSN (print) 1759-779X

Barcellona, Massimo and Thomson, Di (2002) Restoring psychological wellbeing of injured sportspeople. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 9(11), pp. 426-430. ISSN (print) 1759-779X

Cousins, Rachel and Thomson, Diane (2001) Integrating students with physical disabilities: part 2. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 8(5), pp. 186-190. ISSN (print) 1354-8581

Cousins, Rachel and Thomson, Diane (2001) Integrating students with physical disabilities: part 1. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 8(4), pp. 136-145. ISSN (print) 1354-8581

Thomson, D and Hassenkamp, A (2001) Exploration into the effects of an exercise programme on the lives of elderly female fallers. Age and Ageing, 30(S4), p. 45. ISSN (print) 0002-0729

Thomson, Diane (2000) The experience of "problem" patients as experienced by senior physiotherapists in the context of their working lives. Advances in Physiotherapy, 2(1), pp. 2-13. ISSN (print) 1403-8196

Nottle, Caroline and Thomson, Diane J (1999) Organisation and effectiveness of multidisciplinary paediatric teams: A pilot survey of three teams. Physiotherapy, 85(4), pp. 181-187. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Thomson, Diane (1998) Counselling and clinical reasoning: the meaning of practice. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 5(2), pp. 88-94. ISSN (print) 1354-8581

Thomson, Diane, Hassenkamp, Anne-Marie and Mansbridge, Christina (1997) The measurement of empathy in a clinical and a non-clinical setting: does empathy increase with clinical experience? Physiotherapy, 83(4), pp. 173-180. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Thomson, Diane J and Lillie, Lindsay (1995) The effects of integration on the attitudes of non-disabled pupils to their disabled peers. Physiotherapy, 81(12), pp. 746-752. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Ross, Katherine and Thomson, Diane (1993) An evaluation of parents' involvement in the management of their cerebral palsy children. Physiotherapy, 79(8), pp. 561-565. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Book Section

Hassenkamp, Anne-Marie, Thomson, Diane, Mavrommatis, Sophia and Walls, Kaye (2009) Case studies in orthopaedics. In: Guthrie, Lauren, (ed.) Clinical case studies in physiotherapy: a guide for students and graduates. Edinburgh, U.K. : Churchill Livingstone. pp. 165-214. ISBN 9780443069161

Conference or Workshop Item

Thomson, Di (2011) An evaluation of students' perceptions of a college based programme that involves patients, carers and service users in physiotherapy education. In: World Physical Therapy 2011: 16th International WCPT Congress; 20-23 Jun 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Thomson, Di and Hilton, Ros (2011) An evaluation of patients’, carers’ and service users’ perceptions of their involvement in a college based learning programme for student physiotherapists. In: King's Learning Institute 5th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference; 21 Jun 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Thomson, Di and Hilton, Ros (2010) An evaluation of students’ perceptions of a college based learning programme that involves patients, carers and service users in physiotherapy education. In: King's Learning Institute 4th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference; 15 Jun 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Thomson, D, Richardson, B and Steward, B (2007) An ethnographic study of the interactions between physiotherapists and their patients on a pain management unit in a N.H.S. hospital. In: World Physical Therapy 2007; 02-06 Jun 2007, Vancouver, Canada.

Thomson, D, Richardson, B and Steward, B (2007) The impact of current healthcare policies on the practice of a team of physiotherapists: the CHAI visit. In: World Physical Therapy 2007; 02-06 Jun 2007, Vancouver, Canada.

Thomson, Di, Richardson, Barbara and Steward, Barbara (2006) An ethnographic study into the social meaning and function of humour in physiotherapy practice. In: 6th European Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care; 04-06 Sep 2006, Bournemouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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