Helen Van Sittert

Helen Van Sittert

Chartered Physiotherapist

Qualifications

BSc Physiotherapy

Specialisms

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Orthopaedics
  • General Medicine
  • Elderly Care
  • Rehabilitation

Introduction

Since graduating from the University of Cape Town in 2004 I have had extensive clinical experience within the NHS as well as within the private healthcare sector both in the UK and South Africa.
I have worked on acute medical wards, in sub-acute rehabilitation facilities and outpatient clinics. I have provided rehabilitation to adults within the community and paediatrics within an acute hospital and clinic setting; serving patients with a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to: trauma & orthopaedics, elective orthopaedics (including hip, knee and shoulder replacements), general medicine, palliative care, post surgery, falls rehabilitation and prevention, respiratory conditions, dementia and care of the elderly, chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions. I also have some experience of working with patients with neurological conditions such as Parkinsons,
Multiple Sclerosis and CVA.

I use evidence based assessments and outcome measures in order to measure effectiveness of clinically proven treatment modalities. I educate and empower patients to understand and manage their conditions by actively encouraging healthy living, promoting well-being and motivating them to achieve their identified goals.

In January 2017 I set up a private clinic within my community providing a comprehensive assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal and post operative (orthopaedic) conditions within their home environment as well as at my clinic in Amersham. I continue to provide a holistic service by incorporating Physiotherapy manual techniques, clinical Pilates and functional exercise rehabilitation in my clients' treatment and management. I have had extensive experience in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions including back and neck pain and headaches. I particularly enjoy working together with motivated clients to restore pain-free
movement allowing clients to achieve their goals and sharing their success. I look at the patient holistically to find the root of the problem and aim to restore function as well as reduce the risk of the injury recurring.

Alongside my private work, I currently work in the NHS as a community Physiotherapist within a Rapid Response and Intermediate Care Team in South Buckinghamshire. I work collaboratively within a Multidisciplinary Team, managing a caseload of complex patients with both health and social care needs, carrying out complex environmental assessments, moving and handling assessments, complex seating needs, assessments of rehabilitation potential and needs as well as current and future care needs. I manage a clinical caseload of clients needing Physiotherapy services as well as case manage clients on the Reablement pathway, devising and overseeing care packages to promote independence following hospital discharge and preventing hospital admission from the community.

I accept instruction from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.