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BSc Physiotherapy, Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine, MBA
I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1997 from the National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (NIRTAR), India. My first job was in a Physiotherapy college, taking classes for Diploma in Physiotherapy and treating patients in the clinic. I then moved on to the prestigious Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India. This is one of the three premier medical institutes under the Department of Health. I worked here as a Junior Physiotherapist in the outpatients’ physiotherapy department and also gained valuable experience in Paediatrics and the ICU. I also taught undergraduate physiotherapy students - delivering lectures, supervising practical ward rounds and helping them with their dissertations. It was during this period I developed an interest in musculoskeletal conditions and orthopaedics.
I permanently relocated to the UK in October 2003 and started working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS. I was the first person in my department to undertake an Accredited Clinical Educator’s course. I also completed a systematic review of whiplash injuries, including trend analysis, which was later adopted as best practice among local GPs and A&E providers. This review highlighted the importance of early referral to physiotherapy, ensuring reduced cost, better patient experience and improved recovery time with less time off work. This resulted in significantly decreasing patient numbers and waiting list times. I was the Team Lead for the Outpatient Physiotherapy Department from July 2014 until May 2015 prior to commencing work as a locum physiotherapist.
In October 2003, I took a career break to undertake a full time MBA from Henley Business School. As part of the curriculum, I went to Shanghai and Cape Town and undertook consultancy work for medium sized firms and non-profit sectors. My individual consultancy project was to examine the feasibility of Strategic Alliance between 2 NHS hospitals to develop an integrated specialist service pathway for non-traumatic spinal cord injury patients - resulting in a possible working partnership (as of end 2010).
Since December 2016 I have worked part time as Rehabilitation Case Manager and since July 2017, I have been employed as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) / Advanced Practitioner with a complex case load of patients ranging from chronic pain to complex orthopaedic cases. I refer patients for various investigations like X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound scans, nerve conduction studies and blood tests related to musculoskeletal conditions. I am currently studying Injection Therapy which will enable me to administer corticosteroid and local anaesthetic into the peripheral joints and soft tissues.
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