Karen Winrow

Chartered Physiotherapist. DSA (CSP)

MCSP, MSc. (Sports and Exercise Injury Management), Dip. Grad.P.T. Dip. S.O.M., Dip. Lic. Ac (Western)

Karen Winrow PhysiotherapistI graduated from the Liverpool School of Physiotherapy in 1978. My experience took me to Vancouver, Canada where I was Head of Neurosciences and then onto Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where I was Physiotherapy Manager of King Fahad Military Hospital. In 1990 I entered into the private sector initially in orthopaedic in-patients at Murrayfield Hospital gaining experience in a wide range of surgical and bio-mechanical orthopaedic conditions of upper and lower limbs. Subsequently I opened the Wirral Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Clinic in 1996 and have been fortunate enough to maintain strong Consultant referral links and support all the local GP’s in treating those patients with the more unusual musculoskeletal problems.

I gained an MSc in Sport & Exercises Injury Management in 2003 (Leeds) which further enhanced my skill base to support the management of difficult surgical foot and ankle and am currently embarking on a PhD at Brighton University specifically looking at the efficacy of Physiotherapy.

Becoming and Honorary Life Member in 2015 I was also made Vice President of Physio First, which is the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice, and am on the Allied Health Professions Research Network panel of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  All these positions give me enomous added enjoyment and the opportunity to perpetually promote the qualites of private physiotherapy.

As a member of the Research and Development sub committee (Physio First)I have been working closely with the University of Brighton in creating an online  standardised data collection system. As an organisation we have become increasingly aware of the need to be able to demonstrate and account for the delivery and quality of private clinical services and as a result the tool and the findings were presented at IFOMPT and ER-WCPT 2016 thus understood and endorsed by the world of physiotherapy

However my greatest acheivement to date was receiving a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. I was humbled and proud to be presented  to the Queen's representative , Professor the Baroness Finlay, November 2016 and the citation supporting the award was complied by my peers which made it even more special.