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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
I qualified as a Physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2000. Throughout my career I have held an interest in orthopaedic physiotherapy. This started when I completed my junior rotation on an orthopaedic ward. I played an active role in the orthopaedic weekend rotas at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley and at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals. I was also the lead therapist on a general rehabilitation ward at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals where the majority of patients admitted to this ward had orthopaedic conditions such as hip fractures. Since 2003 I have specialised in the field of Amputee Rehabilitation. I am currently employed as the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for Amputee Rehabilitation at a district general hospital. I carry a large clinical caseload, and I am responsible for the supervision of unqualified therapy Assistant Practitioners and undergraduate physiotherapy students. My clinical caseload is varied, including the management of complex adult and elderly patients with acquired lower limb loss. I also have a small number of children with lower limb amputations on my list. Most of my patients have NHS prostheses, but I also treat patients who have been referred to private prosthetic providers - increasing my repertoire of prosthetic components.
My current role is based in the prosthetic limb-fitting clinics which involves managing the physiotherapy service for all outpatient amputees referred to our team. This includes the expert assessment of lower limb amputees, and the planning and delivery of highly specialist rehabilitation programmes for amputee patients at both the pre-prosthetic and the post-prosthetic stages of their rehabilitation, and the reassessment of established amputees as necessary. I continue to encounter patients with orthopaedic conditions such as fractures, dislocations and soft tissue injuries on a regular basis as part of my role in amputee rehabilitation. This is because many of these patients have undergone lower limb amputation as a result of major trauma, and many of these will have other orthopaedic conditions that need to be managed alongside the amputated limb.
I am an active member of the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR) and have previously held the posts of Membership Secretary and West Midlands Regional Representative. In 2017, I was one of the organisers and presenters at the BACPAR 2-day National Conference and, in September 2016 I organised and presented at the regional Introductory Study day. In addition, I have played a role in the delivery of a Core Training Module for the charity Handicap International on Amputee Rehabilitation, and was part of the BACPAR team that updated the 'Clinical Guidelines for the Pre and Post-Operative Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limb Amputations' which were first published in 2006 and which achieved NICE accreditation in 2017. More recently I have also played a role in supporting the update of the BACPAR evidence-based 'Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limb Prostheses'.
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.
October 1997 - July 2000: Coventry University, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
October 1989 - October 1993: Birmingham University, PHD Biochemistry
October 1985 - July 1989: York University, Bsc (Hons) Biochemistry