Scientific Committee

The 2016 scientific committee members are:

Dr Jackie Waterfield (Chair - UK)

Dr Jackie WaterfieldJackie brings to this role a variety of experience and expertise.  After qualifying, she specialised in rheumatology in a centre of excellence at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London. Following an MSc in Behavioural Biology from Surrey University, she joined Coventry University, where she developed postgraduate programmes in physiotherapy.  In 1998, Jackie moved to Keele University, where she was for several years Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Health and Rehabilitation. 

As well as being a tutor and supervisor of projects, including professional doctorates, Jackie is also involved in professional education committees at both local and national levels.  She has also acted as an external examiner for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK and in Greece. 

In 2006, Jackie was awarded an EdD for a thesis on continuing professional development in physiotherapy – a paper based on this research, published in 21st Century Society, was awarded the Jo Campling Memorial prize by the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.  In addition to presenting at, and reviewing for, WCPT and ER-WCPT and other conferences, Jackie organized two national conferences while chair of the UK Physiotherapy Research Society.

Dr Suzanne Gough

Dr Suzanne GoughSuzanne specialised in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy then joined Manchester Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer in 2004. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and MA Education.

Her research interests include simulation-based education (SBE), debriefing, patient safety, video-reflexivity and video-ethnography. She is currently completing her PhD: "The use of simulated learning in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy". Her research identified the use of SBE within cardiorespiratory curricular and postgraduate training throughout the UK. A focused video-reflexive ethnographic study explored errors encountered by physiotherapy students in simulated practice, which impact on patient safety.

Suzanne was the Principal Investigator of a complementary pilot site for the World Health Organization Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide, in 2012. She has published her research and contributes to international conferences as chair and speaker.

Suzanne is the Allied Health Professional Lead for the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute Acute Illness Management Course and North West Simulation Education Network.

Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov (UK)

Dr Josette Bettany-SaltikovJosette is Senior Lecturer in Research Methods at Teesside University. She qualified as a Physiotherapist in Malta in 1986 and has a Master's degree in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA).  Her PhD from Kings College, University of London, investigated the topographical, kinesiological and psychological factors in patients with scoliosis.

She is a Chartered Physiotherapist and sits on the board of SOSORT (International society for the conservative treatment of spinal deformities) and is also Chair of the Educational committee. Her primary research interests are in the areas of spinal musculoskeletal conditions, back shape, posture, research and systematic review methodology. She also has a special interest in the development of Professional Doctorate Programs to support senior healthcare clinicians. She currently supervises both PhD and Professional Doctorate students and is the Acting program Lead on the taught Doctorate in Health and Social care programme at Teesside University. She has over 20 years’ experience of teaching physiotherapy and research methods to physiotherapists other allied health professionals, has presented and published numerous papers in leading Journals such as Spine, the Cochrane library, Physiotherapy and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Dr Bettany-Saltikov is a member of the Health Professions and Care Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, the British Scoliosis Society, the International Research society of Spinal deformities and the Society of Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT). Josette is both on the Editorial board as well as a manuscript reviewer for numerous orthopaedic journals and a grant reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research UK and Hong kong Research Council.

Dr Tara Cusack (Ireland)

Dr Tara CusackTara is a lecturer in physiotherapy at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, University College Dublin. She was awarded a PhD in physiotherapy in 2004. Her research expertise lies in the area of physical activity and exercise, and its value for alleviating the symptoms of chronic disease (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and stroke). She is also keenly interested in education, specifically student engagement and curriculum design, and has researched and published in this area.

Dr Cusack was awarded the Dublin Region Higher Education Teaching Fellowship in 2012. She is an external examiner for inter-professional education in Glasgow Caledonian University and is a member of the scientific committee of Arthritis Ireland. She has published both clinical and educational studies and has presented her work at numerous international conferences including the last three WCPT congresses.

Dr Nicholas Henschke (Germany)

Dr Nicholas HenschkeNicholas is a research fellow of the Institute of Public Health at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Sydney, Australia and completed his PhD in 2008 on the diagnosis and prognosis of low back pain. His main research areas of interest are the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders, the role of rehabilitation services in low income countries, and the social determinants of health. He currently teaches courses on epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods.

He is a reviewer for many scientific journals and national funding bodies, as well as being associate editor for the Cochrane Back Review Group and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. He has numerous scientific publications and has presented at a number of international conferences.

Dr Carmen Suárez (Spain)

Dr Carmen SuárezCarmen is a Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Seville, Spain. Dr Suárez received a PhD at this Univeristy in 2008. Her main areas of research are women's health and higher education. Carmen has had extensive experience serving on national and international congress boards since 2002. She has been a referee in different international journals and physiotherapy congresses. She has published numerous studies and presented them in her area of research.

Dr Suárez has been a member of the Executive Committee of Spanish Association of Physiotherapists since 2008, and is currently the General Secretary.

Dr John Xerri de Caro (ENPHE representative)

Dr John Xerri de CaroJohn graduated as a physiotherapist in 1998 from the University of Malta. In 2003, he obtained an MSc in Sports Injuries and Therapy from the Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2014 he received a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, having written and defended a thesis entitled ‘The Bologna Process and physiotherapy across Europe.

Dr Xerri de Caro worked as a clinician within the Department of Health (Malta) until 2010. During this time he was a President of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists (2007 - 2012).

Between 2009 and 2012 he was the Focus Group Leader on Lifelong Learning within the European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education (Enphe); and an elected member on the Council for Professions Complimentary to Medicine (CPCM) in Malta – a post he still holds to-date.

Since 2010 Dr Xerri de Caro has taken up a full-time post within the Physiotherapy Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta. On a part-time basis he manages his own private practice and is the Managing Partner of a Maltese company that offers physical and sports medicine services.

He currently sits as a Regional Board member on the WCPT Executive Board and also the Executive Committee of the European Region WCPT.