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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. After developing broad therapeutic skills as a junior rotational physiotherapist at Broomfield Hospital, I commenced a senior role at Frimley Park Hospital in 2010, with a dual specialism in Critical Care and Vascular Surgery/Amputees.
In 2012, I was successful in securing my role as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Amputee Rehabilitation and Vascular Surgery and remain in this role to date. I am responsible for the management of a large clinical caseload comprising of amputee, vascular and critical care patients. 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. In addition, I oversee rehabilitation from the acute stages of amputation through to prosthetic provision, liaising with prosthetists about prescription, providing gait re-education and assisting patients to achieve their full potential. 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 clinical caseload of patients on Critical Care.
I am in the final stages of a MSc degree in Amputee Rehabilitation at the University of Southampton, undertaking research into the factors influencing pre-operative information provision for amputee patients. Alongside this, I have commenced a role as a guest lecturer at the University of Winchester; sharing knowledge and facilitating teaching sessions on amputee rehabilitation.
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.
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