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Susan Buttress

Associate Dean International


After qualifying in 1990 Susan obtained a post in Physiotherapy and progressed to a senior post in Musculoskeletal injury management and orthopaedics in 1993 at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Here she gained an NHS Executive North West Regional Fellowship grant to undertake an MPhil at the University of Manchester under the direction of Professor Jackie Oldham and Professor Kevin Mackway-Jones.

She became a Specialist Physiotherapy Practitioner and shortly after moved to a research practitioner post at Salford Royal NHS Hospital Trust, where she worked as an advanced practitioner in both acute care and in the community. On moving to the University of Salford in 2004, she developed specialist training for physiotherapists extending their roles in advanced practice. She went on to develop a part-time on-line MSc training programme in Trauma and Orthopaedics which was approved in 2009, designed for qualified doctors training to be orthopaedic surgeons studying alongside specialist non-medical orthopaedic practitioners. 

She also developed the first MSc in Physiotherapy at Salford, and continued in her interest in driving education when she developed the MSc Surgical Practice, a programme designed for young trainee surgeons post medical school.



Health law

Current Issues

Business and programme development

Research Interests

Health policy and developing roles in healthcare practice

Health Law

Digital learning and simulation

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons)

Grad Dip Physiotherapy


MA (Health Law)



Health and Care Professions Council

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Extended Scope Practitioner  CSP Professional Network

Medico-legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists