I am interested in international practice, so who works, in what ways and where, and I joined the Critical Physiotherapy Network because there were people there that shared my fluid views of what physiotherapy can and could be. To this interest in practice I bring social science understandings of relationships, both organisational and interpersonal, and I use these to inform my understanding of physiotherapy practices.
I teach professionalism as well as respiratory physiotherapy, and as I do this I am keen to appreciate what understandings the student is starting from. My teacher education was profoundly influenced by ‘active’ learning approaches and I try to continue with this style. This means that I think students learn best when they are able to talk about issues or do something practical. I also like students to teach students, in this way they develop skills of self-awareness and self-criticality; developing their professional selves iteratively, through those opportunities.
I am keen that students are also offered ways to make the best use of their creative, imaginative and authentic selves, in the same way as they will when they work with patients and so I strive to offer teaching, learning and assessment strategies that recognise this as well as trying to model this in the way that I teach.
I’m committed to the concept of diversity, I use diverse resources, and reaching out and connecting with other locations and people is important. This ‘outreach’ occurs through personal contact with people, through social media, in placements, through volunteering and in service user participation in University teaching.
I have a social science perspective on physiotherapy and I see the CPN as being a meeting point for others who have these views on rehabilitation practices. This is an arena where structural issues of control and authority can be discussed and where power in therapy relations are appreciated for the influences they have. I am interested in networking and collaborative research and writing, particularly with those in other parts of the world.
Relevant critical publications:
April 2 – 4 2014 Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World, Dalarna University Sweden, Professional Identity Development in Physiotherapy: From India to the UK.
June 25th -26th 2015 The stubborn persistence of racism: confronting racial inequality through education and action. Centre for Racial Equality in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh 2nd International Conference 2015. John MacIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh. Subtle Stereotyping of Other in Transnational Physiotherapy Education.
H.Horobin and V. Thom (2015) Starting with Transitions: Internationalisation for a Post Graduate Physiotherapy Course, Green W., Whitsed C., Critical perspectives on internationalizing the curriculum in disciplines: Reflective narrative accounts from business, education and health, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Sense Publishers, 249-260
National Association of Educators in Practice conference May 2016 – poster presentation ‘Being and becoming a Healthcare Professional’ with Nikki Petty, Pirjo Vuoskoski and Clair Hebron
Email address: H.Horobin@brighton.ac.uk
Location (city/town, country): Eastbourne, UK
Current position(s): Senior Lecturer