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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Cert TCM, MSc Advanced Physiotherapy (Neuromusculoskeletal), MMACP
I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1993, after which I gained rotational experience at basic grade level, completing all core rotations, before specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 1995. In 2001 I took up the post of Musculoskeletal Clinical Lead Physiotherapist at King’s College Hospital, London, managing a team of 16 Physiotherapists and 5 administration support staff in this busy London teaching hospital. This role consisted of management and development of trust wide musculoskeletal physiotherapy services in both Primary and Secondary care, as well as the supervision and development of both junior and senior staff. I also carried an advanced and complex caseload and acted as clinical expert resource for the department.
Following commencement of my part-time MSc., I took up the role of Extended Scope Physiotherapist (Band 8a) in the Back Pain Clinic at The Royal Free Hospital Hampstead in 2005. This role involved working in the Back Pain Clinic under the auspices of the Rheumatology Department, acting in lieu of a Consultant as the first line of expert opinion on a whole range of spinal pain patients. The Back Pain Clinic at the Royal Free accepts referrals from GPs and Secondary Care Consultants.
Since 2007 I have held the post of Lead ESP Back Pain Clinic at the same hospital, and I am now the trust lead on the non surgical management of back and neck pain. This involves managing and developing other Extended Scope Practitioners, developing pathways, being responsible for audit and outcomes of services, and other service developments, as well as continuing to carry an advanced clinical caseload of complex spinal pain patients. I am also responsible for education and development of staff relating to spinal pain. Furthermore I teach medical staff in other secondary care disciplines, as well as GPs, GP registrars and Junior doctors.
In my role I run clinics within the Rheumatology department and work closely with the Pain Team. I have previously run clinics in Neurosurgery. It is my strong belief that this has given me a well rounded and high level understanding of the potential management strategies that can be employed in the overall management of spinal pain patients. In addition I have continued to develop and deepen my skills in the management of spinal pain from a physiotherapy perspective, and continue to act as a resource of expert level management of spinal pain patients for the physiotherapy department. I also hold general musculoskeletal ESP clinics for a primary care trust, acting as primary contact point for the management of the full range of musculoskeletal problems, both spinal and peripheral, again in lieu of a Consultant, and work in the Rheumatology Injection Clinic, assessing and treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions with articular and peri-articular injection therapy.
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.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
2009 MSc Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, King's College, London
2001 Certificate Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Renshu School of TCM, London
1993 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, St Mary's School of Physiotherapy, London
1989 HNC Applied Biology and Biochemistry, Paddington College, London