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Since qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of East Anglia in 2008, I have been fortunate enough to forge a career specialising in Amputees and Vascular Surgery. Whilst completing rotations in all of the core areas of Physiotherapy, I also took a role in leading mixed inpatient and outpatient amputee rehabilitation classes. After taking a dual specialism role in Critical Care and Amputees in 2010, I went on to become a Clinical Specialist in Amputees and Vascular Surgery in 2012.
I am currently employed full time within this specialist role at Frimley Park Hospital. I am responsible for the management of a large clinical caseload comprising of amputee, vascular and critical care patients. Clinical duties include the daily management of the inpatient and outpatient amputee service, the assessment and physiotherapeutic management of complex patients, discharge planning and prosthetic rehabilitation. I also act as the Clinical Coordinator for Amputees, liaising with multi-disciplinary team members and external services to ensure the short and long term needs of patients are fulfilled. I review amputee patients pre-operatively and determine the most appropriate level of amputation at Consultant's requests, utilising strong clinical reasoning and evidence to support my decision. Other key duties include the supervision of other Physiotherapy team members and students , providing expertise to staff responsible for vascular and amputee outliers, service development and audit lead for this area of specialism.
I maintain a small clinical caseload of patients on Critical Care, taking the lead for ventilatory weaning, respiratory management and acute rehabilitation for individual patients.
I am an active member of BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation) and have recently been part of the working party responsible for the review and development of the "Clinical Guidelines for the pre and post operative management of adults with lower limb amputation" (2016). I have also written a module on "Stump Oedema and Wound Healing" for Physio-Pedia.com, developed multi-disciplinary Vascular Study Days for Frimley Health Trust and spoken at regional Amputee Physiotherapy Meetings. I am currently reviewing literature on amputee fitness and hope to develop a clinical trial on outcome measures.
I accept instructions 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 the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
2013 - AACP Accredited 80 Hour Acupuncture in Physiotherapy Foundation Course, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
2005 - 2008 - BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of East Anglia