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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc in Rehabilitation Studies
I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1996 from the University of Brighton. After gaining experience in the core areas of Physiotherapy as a Junior Physiotherapist, I worked in various locum posts while waiting for a post in amputee rehabilitation to become available. In 2001 I gained my first post in a prosthetic Centre.
I am currently working in the private sector as an independent physiotherapist, offering amputee rehabilitation in a local clinic, or in a client’s own home. Drawing on my extensive experience of working in amputee rehabilitation within the NHS, the treatment that I can offer includes assessing a client’s needs, planning treatment, goal-setting and rehabilitation, whether that is with a prosthesis, or not. I have experience of working with a variety of prosthetic componentry, including micro-processor knees. I also offer pain management, specifically for the relief of phantom limb pain.
I previously worked at Bristol Centre for Enablement as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Amputee Rehabilitation. I had a large clinical caseload of predominantly adult lower limb amputees, but I also treated some children. These patients had a range of causes for their amputations – congenital, vascular, diabetes, trauma, infection. I mainly treated patients with single limb loss, but also have experience of patients with multiple limb loss. I was also responsible for the supervision of the two Assistant Practitioners who work in Physiotherapy. Our Centre received many War Veterans who used high-end prosthetic componentry, which enhanced my knowledge and skills in this area. If these patients wished to upgrade their prosthetic componentry, I was involved in the assessment of outcome measures to demonstrate a clinical need for the change, and I then contributed to the application process.
NHS England have approved a policy for provision of microprocessor knees (MPKs). This means that I took part in regular assessment clinics to review patient’s eligibility for an MPK. I then trained patients to use an MPK and assessed outcome measures to demonstrate the clinical need for the MPK. If provided with an MPK, patients then attend further Physiotherapy sessions with me.
In 2010 I gained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Studies, completing modules in Introductory Biomechanics, Lower Limb Prosthetic Biomechanics, Clinical Gait Analysis, Research Methodology and Data Analysis.
I am an active member of the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (Bacpar), and I have previously been the editor of the Bacpar Journal and held the post of Treasurer. I led on the development of the Bacpar Toolbox of Outcome Measures, published in 2011.
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.