Lauren Newcombe
      • Lauren Newcombe
      • Chartered Physiotherapist
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
      • 01494 792711
      • 01494 799999

Lauren Newcombe

Chartered Physiotherapist

Qualifications

BSc Physiotherapy

Specialisms

  • Lower Limb Amputation
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • General Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Introduction

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. As well as completing all my core physiotherapy rotations as a junior physiotherapist, I also gained significant experience leading rehabilitation for inpatient and outpatient amputees at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. Having gained broad therapeutic skills, I commenced a senior role at Frimley Park Hospital, with a dual specialism in Critical Care and Vascular Surgery/Amputees before becoming a Clinical Specialist in Amputees and Vascular Surgery in 2012. I remain employed full-time in this role to date.
 
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 and direct management of other Physiotherapy team members and students service development, strategic planning, training and audit for this area of specialism.
 
I am also the Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery, treating a wide range of patients who have had procedures to correct vascular insufficiency whilst also maintaining a small clinical caseload of patients on Critical Care;leading ventilatory weaning, respiratory care and acute rehabilitation for complex patients.    
 
I am an active member of BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation) and was recently part of the working party responsible for the development of the NICE-accredited  "Clinical Guidelines for the pre and post operative management of adults with lower limb amputation" (2016). I now have a key role in the working party responsible for the update of "Evidence based Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limb Prostheses" and have written modules on stump oedema and wound healing for Physio-pedia.com. I am also a member of the Vascular Society for Nursing, have developed multi-disciplinary vascular study days for Frimley Health Trust and have spoken at numerous amputee support groups and regional meetings. I am also qualified in acupuncture and graded motor imagery, using these skills to help manage patients with complex pain or phantom limb pain. 
 
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.
 

Professional Education

2016 - Graded Motor Imagery, National Orthopaedic Institution
2013 - AACP Accredited 80 Hour Acupuncture in Physiotherapy Foundation Course, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
2005 - 2008 - BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of East Anglia