Chartered Physiotherapist, HCPC Registered
I decided I was going to be a Chartered Physiotherapist at the tender age of twelve and can truthfully say I have never regretted that decision.
I firmly believe it is important to give time for my patients to ‘tell all’ and enjoy helping them on their journey of positive change.
To fulfil my ambition to become a physiotherapist I trained at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, qualifying 33years ago with distinction. After 3 years working in a variety of specialities, I moved to Canada as a Senior respiratory physio in intensive care and open heart surgery before returning to my first love, Orthopaedics. It is very satisfying seeing ‘broken’ people become ‘whole’ again and return to as near normal function as possible.
The past twenty years have seen me running musculoskeletal clinics, initially NHS and more recently in Occupational Health, both in retail and industry. Whatever the environment, I passionately believe that an essential part of a good working relationship between patient and physio is the allocation of time for the patient’s story to be heard, only then can my physio skills be successfully used to treat the patient holistically.
I often feel the best ‘tool’ in my toolbox is me! If I can put my patient at ease so that they can comfortably share their story with me I can then use appropriate techniques to start a restorative process. The main techniques I use include mobilisation and soft tissue techniques, exercises, electrotherapy, acupuncture, education and advice. Working in an Occupational Health setting, I particularly focus on the patient’s functional ability and strive to assist people to stay in work or return to work.
I believe in practicing what I preach and try to keep as fit as I can. Every week I swim, cycle and attend yoga and Pilates classes. My dog ensures that I walk about 20 miles a week and my equally energetic family (my 2 grown up children have both rowed for GB) keep me active!