Mr Julian Hatcher

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Senior Lecturer


Julian Hatcher MPhil, Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, FOM, GSR is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford. He originally qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987 (from Salford), when he worked in a large Hospital in his hometown as a Senior Physiotherapist in Orthopaedic Medicine at Warrington Hospital NHS Trust from 1987–1997. He first joined the University in Academic Year 1996-7 where he was one of the co-writers and co-creators of the BSc Hons Sport Rehabilitation programme. This was a new profession for the UK, which has since become Internationally Recognised as a Health Care Organisation. He was Programme Leader for 20 years (1999 - 2019). His clinical work included working 7 years in Rugby League (including Great Britain) in addition to working in Private Practice up until 2004. Julian became a Fellow of Orthopaedic Medicine (FOM) in 2000, and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist in 2005 (via the NSCA). He gained his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the University of Salford in 2007 and has several publications around the knee, particularly concerning topics such as ‘ACL deficiency: detection, diagnosis and proprioceptive acuity’ and ‘Osteoarthritis long-term outcomes’. He has also done a 13-article series on Manual Therapy in Orthopaedic Medicine for (2015-2018), and has authored a Chapter on Musculoskeletal Assessment in the Book Sports Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention in 2010. He has presented at conferences including the Pre-Commonwealth Games Sports Medicine conference in Melbourne in 2006.

Julian is also a founder of the professional body BASRaT (British Association of Sport Rehabilitators) - and is a lifetime honorary member. He is also a level 2 Qualified Instructor in Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport with the RFU (Rugby Football Union) and teaches on this programme to both Salford Students and on External Courses Nationally.

Areas of Research

Knee Injuries
ACL Injuries
Proprioceptive Acuity
Manual Therapy


Module Leader:
Foundation Human Form & Function (L4),
Applied Human Form & Function (L4),
Evidence-based Practice in Sport Rehabilitation (L5),
Applied Research in Sport Rehabilitation (L6)

Contributes Teaching to:
Applied Therapy & Rehab Skills (L5)

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Master of Philosophy

    2006 - 2007
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy

    1984 - 1987