Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
I qualified as a Physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2000. I have specialised in the field of Amputee Rehabilitation since I moved to a senior position at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre in Birmingham in 2003 and I am currently employed as the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for Amputee Rehabilitation at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust. I carry a large clinical caseload, and am responsible for the supervision of unqualified therapy Assistant Practitioners and undergraduate physiotherapy students. My clinical caseload is varied and includes 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 in my locality who have been referred to a private prosthetic provider which has been invaluable in increasing the repertoire of prosthetic components that I feel confident to work with.
My current role is based in the limb-fitting clinics in both Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals and involves leading the day to day running and organisation of the physiotherapy service for 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 am an active member of BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation) 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, in September 2016 I was the organiser and one of the presenters at our regional Introductory study day.
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.
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