www.leedsneurophysiotherapy.co.uk

                                     Last Updated Sept 2019

 

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Meet The Team //

Neurological rehabilitation at Leeds Neurophysiotherapy is designed to address each individual’s unique impairments in order to maximise physical function and independence. Our physiotherapists have specialised expertise in neurological physiotherapy, including advanced training in Bobath and Neuro-Developmental treatment techniques in a variety of clinical settings.

 

All the physiotherapists at the practice demonstrate a high level of commitment to their ongoing professional development, offering the most effective up-to-date treatment.

 

 

Jill Fisher - MCSP Grad Dip Phys

Jill Fisher, a local girl trained at Leeds School of Physiotherapy, founded Leeds Neurophysiotherapy back in 1997, having previously gained extensive neurological experience within the “National Demonstration Centre in Rehabilitation” and the “MS Therapy Centre” as well as several other wards and departments throughout the Leeds Hospital Group.

Jill has a high level of commitment to professional development; her own and that of others. She has completed three Advanced Bobath courses and has assisted in teaching 2 Introductory Bobath courses. Jill also has a special interest in the treatment of balance problems; a subject she has lectured on during the Primary Care Conference at the NEC in 2016.

Jill regularly welcomes other physiotherapists to the practice for peer teaching sessions. She gained Medico-Legal Expert Witness status in 2007.

Jill has been a member, former Chair and regional representative of the Yorkshire Committee of ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology) for many years and still regularly attends ACPIN teaching, an association that remains close to her heart.

Jill was honoured to receive the ACPIN distinguished service award at the National Conference in 2016.

Jill served on the National Working Party that reviewed the ‘Manual Handling Guidance’ published by the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) in 2007. Jill is a Member of the National Back Exchange and is also part of a research management group, organising a research project with Leeds University and Bradford teaching hospitals on the topic of the provision of skilful care training in nursing homes.

Jill is also a member of ADAPT - a special interest group for physiotherapists who have an interest in working overseas. Jill has supported the professional development of physiotherapists and other staff during 5 visits to the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Helen Shearer - MCSP SRP Post Grad. Dip. Phys.

Helen trained at Leeds School of Physiotherapy and began working at Airedale General Hospital before moving to St James's Hospital, Leeds. Helens interest in working with people with neurological conditions was established whilst working in a senior post in care of the elderly and Superintendent post covering the medical wing, this motivated her to participate in a variety of courses including both basic and advanced Bobath courses.


Following a career break to raise her family, Helen returned to work and joined the Neurophysiotherapy practice in 2005. Helen has an interest in working with a wide range of neurological conditions and is committed to continually developing her knowledge and skills through participating in a variety of courses.

 

Helen has been an active member of ACPIN special interest group and has been instrumental in helping to set up the Care Skills Group devoted to raising awareness and training carers on the importance of posture and good handling skills. Helen has also assisted in the training of physiotherapists at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Suzanne Froggett - MCSP BSc (Hons)

Suzanne qualified as a Physiotherapist and joined the practice in 2009. Since then she has gained extensive experience of treating adults with a wide range of neurological conditions, particularly severely disabled complex patients. She is actively involved in training carers, support workers, families and supervising physiotherapy students having attained her PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) qualification in 2013.

As Chairperson and active member of the Yorkshire ACPIN committee (special interest group), she has organised and attended numerous courses/lectures to further expand her knowledge and experience; she is Bobath trained and has completed both basic and advanced Bobath courses and is also a Manual Handling trainer.

Karen Hull - MCSP BSc (Hons)

 

Karen joined the team at Leeds Neurophysiotherapy in 2011. She qualified from Bradford University with a First-Class Honours degree in physiotherapy in 2003. She began her career working for the NHS in East Lancashire and following a promotion, worked in a dedicated neuro-rehabilitation unit treating a wide variety of conditions. She went on to work for the NHS in North Yorkshire in a specialist stroke unit. Karen has completed both basic and advanced Bobath courses. She joined the Yorkshire ACPIN committee in 2012. Most recently Karen has studied a new approach to Parkinson’s treatment called ‘PD Warrior’.

Dr Philomena Commons – PhD MSc Dip MDT Grad Dip Phys MCSP 

Phil is a physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal problems and as well as offering individual treatment sessions, she also provides joint consultation sessions with the specialist Neurophysiotherapists. She is able to offer treatment at the practice before and after normal working hours one day a week.

Phil has held several senior posts in the NHS in Yorkshire and Lancashire, including a clinical specialist role in the “Pennine Acute Trust”, working alongside orthopaedic consultants.

Phil has worked in Bangladesh for many years, where she has transformed the lives of many people and made great strides in the teaching of physiotherapy. She is currently an Associate Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and is a McKenzie tutor, teaching postgraduate physiotherapy courses. An important emphasis in the McKenzie approach to treatment is to enable self-management through specific treatment and education.

Sarah Watson - MCSP BSc (Hons)

 

Sarah joined Leeds Neurophysiotherapy at the start of 2017, working two days a week at the practice. Bringing her valuable experience, Sarah is currently working in a specialist NHS lead role. Since 2004 she has been working for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, in numerous areas, ranging from the Stroke Unit to the Specialist Neuro Rehab Centre. She works part-time as the clinical lead on the Combined Stroke and Neuro Unit at Dewsbury District Hospital. Her caseload is varied, covering a wide range of neurological conditions including treating people with brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, spinal cord compression and Guillain Barré Syndrome. She uses an eclectic approach to treat her patients, including Bobath principles and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation.

 

 

Sarah, as all the therapists at the practice, has a high commitment to helping each individual reach their full potential in recovery and independence. According to Sarah, “clinical work gives me a great amount of pleasure and satisfaction, and I enjoy forming relationships with the patients that I treat, and their families or carers”.

Sarah is highly motivated to keep herself up to date with treatment approaches and supporting evidence; as well as self-guided learning she attends frequent lectures and relevant clinical courses, often offering teaching to other members of staff. She also supports the professional development of the Yorkshire Neurophysiotherapy community after joining the ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology) committee in 2016.

Heather Angilley - MCSP SRP Post Grad. Dip. Phys

Heather has over 30 years of experience as a Physiotherapist specialising in paediatrics from the outset, beginning her career in the East End of London and continuing in that area until she moved to Yorkshire in 1992.

 

Heather has vast experience in acute and community paediatrics, treating children

with neurological, neuromuscular conditions and is a leader in the field of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Heather’s other areas of expertise are:

  • Assessment & treatment of children with developmental delay and Cerebral Palsy, preterm to young adult

  • Acquired brain injury - treatment and forecast of needs.

  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) - diagnosis, treatment and support/advice.

  • Acute chest conditions.

  • Adapted and specialised sports for disabled children and related equipment.

  • British Sign Language trained.

 

In 2014 Heather retired from the NHS and has since been able to concentrate on sharing her expert knowledge and skills overseas to train therapy staff, support staff and parents in various aspects of care and treatment of childhood disability while remaining culturally relevant. Heather is an active member of the special interest group Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (ACPC) and Paediatric Physios in Independent and Private Sector (PIP).

 

Heather is involved in training various aspects of care and treatment of childhood disability, the promotion and training in the use of "Fit to Learn"- an award winning in-school motor skills programme. Heather promotes evidence-based healthcare, and when overseas shares new developments in treatment, promotes Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and teamwork in rural areas. She supports continuous professional development for all staff and assists in the development of sustainable services.

Fiona McKeever - MCSP Grad Dip Phys

 

Fiona trained at Addenbrookes School of Physiotherapy in Cambridge before working in Salisbury, where she first became absorbed into the field of Neuro Physiotherapy, working on the Wessex Regional Spinal Injury Unit.  

 

Further opportunities arose for senior neurological work in Berkshire, where Fiona completed the basic Bobath course. She set up a new outpatient Neurology service at St Mark’s Hospital, Maidenhead and provided treatments at a busy local GP practice. Fiona then became the lead Physiotherapist on the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team (CNRT) in Southampton City and the New Forest, where she remained from 1997-2005.  Her responsibilities included ensuring that all Neurological patients received domiciliary visits and regular reviews. Fiona also provided specialist case-management services for a private neurological case-management organisation.

 

After working in the NHS for 19 years, Fiona moved to the Far East (2006), where she provided physiotherapy treatments to charity organisations in Thailand, helping children with complex disabilities. Fiona has since returned to the UK and re-joined the UK Physiotherapy profession. She became a member of the Yorkshire ACPIN committee in 2016 and started work at Leeds Neurophysiotherapy in 2017. Fiona thoroughly enjoys being part of a team again and keeping up to date in the latest research and evidence-based practice. Most recently she has studied a new approach to Parkinson’s treatment called ‘PD Warrior’ and assists with the weekly exercise group, she has also completed an advanced Bobath Course at Leeds Beckett University.

Anna Hildreth – MCSP BSc (Hons)

 

Anna studied at King’s College London and graduated with an Upper-Second Class BSc Physiotherapy Degree in 2007. She has 11 years of experience working in the field of adult physiotherapy within community, outpatient and acute settings.

 

In 2011 she developed a keen interest in clinical neurology and has since specialised as a neuro-physiotherapist having gained experience in various specialist neurology centres and NHS trusts in London. Her experience spans across many fields of adult neurology including highly specialist rehabilitation for acute and long term conditions, acute neurology and neurosurgery, stroke rehabilitation and complex care for neuromuscular conditions.

 

After participating in an observational study of the prevalence of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) in older adults at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2013, she discovered her aptitude for vestibular physiotherapy and went on to complete further training in the physiotherapy and multi-disciplinary management of vestibular disorders at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.

 

Anna moved to Leeds in 2016 where she now offers a highly specialist, evidence-based Vestibular Rehabilitation service, helping people with dizziness and balance disorders return to function and improve their quality of lives.

Arzu Ozgur MCSP BSc 

Arzu has been working as a physiotherapist since her qualification in Turkey in 1998. She moved to the UK in 2004 and previously worked at Leeds Neurophysiotherapy as a specialist Neurophysiotherapist, she rejoined the practice in 2018.

Arzu completed Advance Bobath Concept, upper limb rehabilitation and Aquatic Physiotherapy courses. She has a special interest in upper limb rehabilitation , spinal cord injuries and stroke rehabilitation. As an active committee member of Yorkshire ACPIN, Arzu has organised and attended numerous courses/lectures to further expand her knowledge and experience and support the professional development of the Yorkshire Neurophysiotherapy community.

Dr Louise Johnson - PhD MSc PGCHEP

 
Louise is an experienced Neurophysiotherapist having a successful career working
within the NHS and as a lecturer in Physiotherapy & as the Post Graduate Programme
Leader for MSc Rehabilitation Studies at the University of Bradford. Her specialist
teaching areas were neurological physiotherapy, rehabilitation of older adults and
research methods.
 
Louise completed her PhD in 2008, undertaking original research which was later
published. Louise returned to full clinical practice treating neurological patients joining
Leeds Neurophysiotherapy in July 2015. Louise is now providing essential reception
and administrative support for the smooth running of the practice as well as assisting
with treatment sessions working alongside the specialist physiotherapists where
needed. Louise also attends in-house and external teaching sessions relating to
Neurophysiotherapy to maintain her clinical knowledge and skills.