MCSP, MSc. (Sports and Exercise Injury Management), Dip. Grad.P.T. Dip. S.O.M., Dip. Lic. Ac (Western)
Vice President Physio First (Organisation of Private Physiotherapists in Private Practice)
Honorary Life Member of Physio First
Quality Assured Practitioner (QAP)
I 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 an Honorary Life Member in 2015 I was also made Vice President of Physio First, which is the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice. I am also on the Allied Health Professions Research Network panel of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. All these positions give me enormous added enjoyment and the opportunity to perpetually promote the qualities of private physiotherapy.
As a member of the Research and Development subcommittee (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. We have followed these up with presentations at Physiotherapy UK 2018 and the results have been very well received. This data has now also underpinned the creation of QAP status based on outcomes. QAP= Quality Assured Practitioner, which is the physiotherapy equivalent of a kitemark and having worked hard to present my data I have been fortunate enough to be recognised with this too.
However, I cannot deny that my greatest achievement 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 compiled by my peers which made it even more special.