Full time Physiotherapy Placement Lead and Lecturer for the BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy course at University of Plymouth.
PAL's Academic lead for Physiotherapy.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from the University of the West of England (UWE)
After qualifying from UWE in 2001, I moved back to Plymouth to start my career at Derriford Hospital. It was during this time my specialist interest in Neurological Physiotherapy grew – this interest developed from my Senior Physiotherapist at the time whose ability to teach and make Neurological Physiotherapy both exciting and accessible motivated me.
This inspiration drove me to specialise in Neurology, and I gained valuable experience of working on the acute neurological wards, on Neuro-Intensive Care and Neurosurgical Wards with a varied and challenging caseload. I also worked in the rehabilitation setting, on the Stroke Unit and Neuro-Rehab Unit working mainly with patients with Acquired Brain Injury.
From adult neurology I then moved on to broaden my skills to work in the specialist area of paediatric neurodisability, predominantly with children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy, but also other conditions such as Rhetts, Autism and Angelmans Syndrome as well as children with ABI. This role also allowed me to develop a specialist interest in Dysphagia and scoliosis management.
During my 13 years as a clinician, one of the roles I have most enjoyed has been that of a Clinical Educator, helping to support the development of Physiotherapy students, Medical Students and other Allied Health Profession Students.
Moving into teaching felt like a natural progression to allow me to hopefully help students to develop a passion for Neurological Physiotherapy.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP).
Registered Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Fellow of the HEA
Committee member for the Plymouth branch of the South-West Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN)
Member of the Association of Paediactric Chartered Physiotherapists (ACPCP).