Emma Cropper

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Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, having joined the University in October 2009. Emma currently maintains her clinical practice alongside lecturing as physiotherapist for the England Touch Association, supporting the squad both Nationally and Internationally and works privately as an MSK physiotherapist.

Emma joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008, and worked for 2 years in a lecturer-practitioner role, teaching on both the MSc and BSc Physiotherapy programmes. This role included combined working both at the University and in clinical practice in the Greater Manchester region. After this Emma made the decision to continue educating students on a full time basis, joining the University of Huddersfield in October 2009.

Following a career in both the NHS and private sector. Emma has always had a keen interest in biological science, originally studying at Leeds Metropolitan University where she completed her first degree in Human Biology. Following this Emma worked as a Medical Representative for a large pharmaceutical organisation in the Leeds and Wakefield areas, working closely with GP’s and Consultants in the area of cardiovascular medicine.

Emma then trained as a Physiotherapist on the accelerated Master’s programme at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough receiving an MSc in Rehabilitation Science (with a licence to practice Physiotherapy). Upon qualification as a Physiotherapist Emma worked as a junior physiotherapist in the Pennine Acute NHS trust, Greater Manchester on a rotational basis. Emma was promoted within the same trust to the level of senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist where she established a specialised interest in chronic pain, orthopaedics, hand therapy and women’s health. A particular clinical interest which developed from these roles included a specific interest in chronic regional pain syndrome and acupuncture where Emma was instrumental in developing this service. Emma left the NHS in 2008 to take up a senior role in private practice in the Greater Manchester region, specialising in a range of musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries and low back pain.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Chronic pain
  • Orthopaedics
  • Hand therapy
  • Women’s health
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome
  • Acupuncture
  • Neuromusculoskeletal medicine

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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