Kay Ganguly

MCSP, SRP
Clinical Director, Consultant Physiotherapist & Expert Witness

Kay has over 20 years’ experience in the field of paediatric and neurological physiotherapy and has worked with children and adults with special needs, both in acute and community settings, in the UK and abroad. Her experience spans various NHS Trusts and Child Development Centres specialising in paediatric neurology, acute orthopaedic rehabilitation and long term rehabilitation of patients with complex needs.

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Kay earned her First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from India in 2001 and was at the top her graduating class. She then went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation where she graduated with First Class. She was awarded the Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate for Civil Law and Procedures in December 2015. Kay is a qualified expert professional witness and writes medicolegal reports for the process of court proceedings as per civil procedure rules and part 35 of practice direction for experts. Alongside, she runs a busy independent therapy practice assessing and treating children and young adults with complex neurological and orthopaedic conditions.

Kay worked as a Specialist Physiotherapist in orthopaedic and limb reconstruction team at Sheffield Children& Hospital, where she worked closely with the orthopaedic team managing paediatric orthopaedic, limb reconstruction and spinal conditions. She also worked at York Hospitals NHS and Lancaster NHS Trusts and developed management pathways for children with developmental co-ordination difficulties, worked closely with the orthopaedic team managing idiopathic tip toes walkers, managed by serial casting and post-Botox rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy. She started private work in April 2011 as team lead in an independent therapy practice. She was involved in establishing the paediatric service, managing a complex case load and long term rehabilitation of patients in a multidisciplinary set up. Her role involved referral triage, assessment, training, service development and treatment. During this period, she worked closely with Consultants, case managers and legal teams across the Yorkshire and Lancashire regions providing specialist physiotherapy service to children and young people with acquired neurological conditions, head injuries, multiple trauma in various personal injury and clinical negligence cases.

Kay has the following post graduate training

  • Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate
  • Bobath Training
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
  • Electrical stimulation and muscle therapy system
  • Elastic Therapeutic Taping in Paediatrics
  • Managing Challenging and Difficult Patient Interactions
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Paediatric Advanced Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management with AFO Footwear Combination
  • Ilizarov Pre and Postoperative Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injury Management in Children and Adolescents
  • Paediatric Get on the Ball Training
  • Postural Management and use of Specialist Equipment in Paediatric Neurodisability
  • Hydrotherapy for Children with Complex Neurological Conditions and Learning Difficulties.
  • Saebo Trained for Prescription and Hand Training Function Using Functional Dynamic Orthoses like Saebo Flex, Saebo Glove.
  • Rehabilitation Approach in Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Paediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Brain Tumors and its management
  • Yoga in Neurological Rehabilitation

Kay is registered with:
Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)
  • Medico legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with interest in Neurology (ACPIN)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPVIR)

Kay says, “Working over the years with children with special needs and their families, I have developed deep understanding and passion for this profession. Working with complex neurological patients with catastrophic injuries can be extremely challenging both physically and emotionally. We offer a very friendly yet professional service not just to target physical difficulties but also help management of cognitive and behaviour issues. Kay proudly claims, “The key to successful rehabilitation starts from building up relationship with our client, motivate, persevere and working together towards agreed goals. I feel extremely proud of my profession with every little difference that I can bring to a patient’s life and it is certainly worth all the effort”

Karolina Jurczak Jendzio

MCSP, SRP
Specialist Neuro Vestibular Physiotherapist
Manchester & North West

Karolina is a dedicated professional with over 10 years of experience in the field of neuro-physiotherapy working within the NHS acute, community and private settings dealing with adults and children with complex neurological presentations. Her experience spans from childhood and adult neurological conditions, vestibular rehabilitation, migraine management, orthopaedic management, fall prevention, long term management and rehabilitation of complex cases. Her treatment approach is a combination of hands-on neurological therapy using Bobath principles alongside working through muscle dynamics using release and massage techniques.

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Karolina qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003 from the Medical School in Wroclaw, Poland in 2005. She pursued masters in Physiotherapy and Research from Coventry University in 2011. She completed degree in Sports Therapy and Medical Injury from Bedfordshire University, where she worked as Sports Therapist for Luton Football Club (juniors) for over a year. In 2008 she was awarded certificate in Rehabilitation and Research in Medicine from Medical University in Nottingham. Karolina joined Healing Touch Physiotherapy in November 2015 as a specialist neurological physiotherapist covering a wide geographical area around Manchester, Preston, Chorley, Leyland, Southport, Ormskirk, Bolton, Wigan and Warrington. She is now an established independent practitioner in the specialist field of neuro vestibular rehabilitation. Within the NHS, Karolina is currently working as a specialist senior physiotherapist in vestibular rehabilitation for adults and children. She is the responsible senior neuro specialist clinician for the outpatient and inpatient department. She is lead clinician for the falls prevention classes (Otago Research based ex’s for older adults) and high fall exercise group. In her previous roles, she has worked as the lead clinician in community care for the patient with complex needs.

Karolina has been involved in many projects within NHS including setting up falls prevention teams with the new falls prevention groups. She has completed research project based on the influence of the high falls exercise group on the older population, influence of visuo-occular therapy intervention in vestibular cases, postural management and influence of AFO on the gait management programme.

Besides her outstanding academic achievements, Karolina has the following post graduate training:

    • Bobath training for adults and children
    • Paediatric training on vestibular rehabilitation
    • Migraine management
    • Vestibular rehabilitation
    • Neurological update on stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease and Parkinson’s disease
    • Training on AFO and rehabilitation technology
    • Pilates for neurological condition in adults and children
    • Pain management
    • Advanced amputee training and prosthetic leg rehabilitation
    • Orthopaedic ankle foot surgery and rehabilitation
    • Orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation outcome
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Functional electrical stimulation
    • Leadership training
    • Medico legal training

    Karolina is registered with

    • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

    Member of

    • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
    • Medico legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP)
    • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Vestibular Rehabilitation

    Karolina claims, “I am passionate about my role as a specialist physiotherapist and the changes I can bring to my clients’ lives, making them independent. I strongly believe that every individual has an ability to achieve irrespective of their physical or cognitive difficulties. We are here to work with you and help you succeed!”

Vanessa Gronow

MCSP,SRP
Clinical Specialist, Neurological and Advanced Respiratory Physiotherapist
East Riding and Humberside

Vanessa qualified as a physiotherapist from York St John University in 2010. She has since worked in a variety of community settings, specialising in paediatric physiotherapy. Vanessa stepped into the field of paediatric physiotherapy in 2000 and has continued to progress her role, starting as a physiotherapy assistant and soon advancing to a technical instructor. Whilst continuing to work with children she completed her in- service degree at York St John in 2006 and graduated with Honours in Physiotherapy in the year 2010. Her experience spans from neurological, respiratory, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic including rehabilitation following selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and degenerative conditions.

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Vanessa joined Healing Touch Physiotherapy in August 2017 covering a wide geographical area around Yorkshire and Humberside including York, Hull, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Rotherham, Grimsby, Immingham, Cleethorpes, Lincoln and the neighbouring areas. Vanessa works closely with the injured child and the multidisciplinary team around him to offer a high standard of care. She is involved in assessment and management of children and young adults with complex neurological condition like cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, genetic conditions and degenerative conditions. Vanessa believes in working with children in a setting where they will enjoy and excel, whether this involves treatment at home, school or out in the community doing activities like Trike, swimming or engaging in leisure and sports activities. She is involved in supervision and training staff, family and carers involved with the injured child. She works closely with the wider multi-disciplinary team including orthotists, wheelchair providers, specialist equipment providers and technology specialists as well as medical consultants, in order to achieve the best outcome for each child.

As part of her community role, she is required to carry out respiratory physiotherapy care for patients who have or at risk of developing chest infections and at a risk of developing pneumonia. Vanessa involved in training teaching staff, carers and parents/ family on techniques to carry out respiratory physiotherapy such as cupping, vibrations, and use of a palm cups, postural drainage on more profound patients. On more mobile patients this would include active cycle of breathing techniques and child friendly activities football to increase lung expansion, removal of secretions, aid coughing and enable with opening of the collateral airways.

Her role involves assessment and management of profound complex patients who are tracheostomy ventilated, require intermittent suctioning and have a robust chest clearance plan. She provides regular respiratory physiotherapy care and support their care package by offering training for teaching staff, carers, parents and family so they can become competent in the patient’s respiratory care management and plan is incorporated in the child’s daily routine. Chest physiotherapy plans, instructions and assessment of equipment to aid lung expansion and postural drainage are devised for the care package to enable and maximise the process of rehabilitation.

Besides her academic achievement, Vanessa has the following post graduate training:

  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Training
  • CPIPUK In- Service Training
  • Therapy Outcome Measure Workshop
  • Postural Care Course
  • Wheelchair Prescriber training
  • Neuromuscular Training
  • Neuromuscular Respiratory Management
  • Physiotherapy Management of the Respiratory Patient
  • Hemi Help Professionals Conference
  • Postural Management of Adults and Children with Complex Disabilities.
  • Clinical Educators Course
  • Leckey Technical Training
  • Orthotics Training
  • Simple Stuff works- Sleep System Training

Vanessa is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Vanessa says ‘I feel delighted to a part of this team. Helping children and young people develop and achieve with therapy is what I enjoy and is an integral part of my career. I strongly believe in my client’s ability to improve and achieve irrespective of age of their injury and their existing abilities.’

Anna Hildreth

MCSP, SRP
Clinical Specialist & Neuro Vestibular Physiotherapist
Leeds & Yorkshire Region

Anna has 10 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-vestibular
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, complex care for neuromuscular conditions and vestibular rehabilitation.

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Anna studied at King’s College London and graduated with an Upper-Second Class BSc Physiotherapy Degree in 2007. She worked as a junior physiotherapist in the North East of England before returning to London where she worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for 4 and half years. During this period, Anna worked across many fields of physiotherapy including inpatient and community intermediate care, falls management both in a primary care falls clinic and within an Older Person’s Assessment Unit, musculoskeletal outpatients, women’s health, hydrotherapy for ankylosing spondylitis, obstetrics and neurological conditions, neuro-medical inpatients, critical care rehabilitation, acute cardiac and respiratory management and stroke rehabilitation.

Since 2014 Anna has worked for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in London. The NHNN is a tertiary centre offering multi-disciplinary services for adults with highly specialist cognitive, psychological, social and physical needs from across the Nation. She worked within the National Rehabilitation Unit, the Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre, the neurosurgical and neuromedical wards, outpatients for neurological and vestibular disorders and the hyper-acute stroke unit. Within the NHS Anna worked as a lead physiotherapist on a bed-based intermediate care unit managing a team of therapists, undertaking regular systematic teaching, supervision and appraisals with all of them and working closely with the multi-disciplinary team. She has led various service development projects including an audit of the intermediate care referral system across a large Borough of London, a service user review of a neuromedical outlier service and the setting up of an evidence-based intervention for the management of lower limb arthritis within the community. Whilst working for Guy’s and St Thomas’ she held lectures and seminars for the MSc students at King’s College London on a variety of neurological topics.

In London Anna participated in an observational and feasibility study of the prevalence of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) in an outpatient setting for older adults. Her role was to perform gold standard assessment techniques in addition to usual care to all new patients who met the inclusion criteria and to treat those that were positively identified to have BPPV with the appropriate re-positioning manoeuvres. The study was later published in the Physiotherapy Journal in 2015. In 2016 Anna trained as a yoga teacher which she now uses as an adjunct to her holistic physiotherapy approach.

Besides her outstanding academic achievements, Anna has the following post graduate training:

  • Exploring the Neuroscientific Basis of Neurophysiotherapy
  • The Dizzy Course – A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • The Role of the Cerebellum
  • Regional BPPV Seminars
  • International Neuro Physiotherapy Conference
  • Introductory Bobath Training
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Trained Yoga Teacher

Anna is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • Medico legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Vestibular Rehabilitation

Anna moved to Leeds to live with her partner and to build a career within the private sector as a Specialist Neuro-Physiotherapist and an Ashtanga,Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga Teacher in early 2017 and joined Healing Touch Physiotherapy in April 2017 as a specialist physiotherapist covering a wide geographical area around Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley, Skipton, York, Hull, Pontefract, Wakefield, Doncaster and Sheffield. Anna’s passion has always been working with people to help them understand their bodies, break through barriers and achieve their goals. She says that “the joy I get from seeing people progress is the best part of my job and is so rewarding!!”.

Victoria Rathbone

MCSP,SRP
Clinical Specialist & Neurological Physiotherapist
Leeds & Yorkshire Region

Victoria qualified as a physiotherapist in 2010 from Sheffield Hallam University. She has since worked in a variety of clinical settings to include local services, outpatient neuro rehabilitation units and private neuro rehabilitation in- patient centres, where she had experience working with clients with a range of neurological conditions stroke, spinal Injuries, and complex brain injuries. She then worked within the pediatric setting at Holly Bank Trust, Mirfield. In the past 4 years Victoria has gained experience working within the private sector specialising in neuro rehabilitation within the medico legal sector. Victoria specialises in neurorehabilitation using hydrotherapy and is keen in developing further in this area of expertise. She is trained on SMART assessment for those clients with low arousal levels, to establish their level of awareness and help maximise their therapy potential.

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Victoria is involved in assessment, writing detailed reports with recommendation and offering treatment using hydrotherapy and land based procedures. She is involved in manual handling assessment, training staff, carers and family around the injured client, support and equipment provision. She is passionate about her role and believes in maximising clients potential by a variety of sports and leisure activities to include swimming, horse riding, biking etc. She believes Social participation and community integration are key to client’s long term rehabilitation outcome.

Besides her academic achievement, Victoria has the following post graduate training:

  • Introduction to Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Primitive Reflex Course
  • National Paediatric Brain Injury Conference
  • Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy Foundation Course
  • Developments in the Management of Hemiplegia
  • Clamping Down on Contractures
  • ACPPLD Event – training on People with Learning Disabilities
  • Respiratory assessment skills
  • Advanced Aquatic Therapy in Neurological Dysfunction
  • Rebound Therapy
  • SMART Assessor Training – SMART certified awarded February 2015
  • Introduction to the Bobath Concept (Modules 1 and 2)
  • Den2 system set up and use
  • Treatment of the neurological hand and feet
  • Trulife Walk Aide System – assessment and set up

Victoria is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with interest in Neurology (ACPIN)

Victoria says, “ I am dedicated to provide a high standard of evidence based physiotherapy rehabilitation and care to my clients and is something I am passionate about. I attend the gym regularly and enjoy staying active and promoting the foundations for which physiotherapy stands”

Gemma Boon

MCSP, SRP
Clinical Specialist & Paediatric Physiotherapist
Leeds & Yorkshire region

Gemma qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She began her career as a rotational physiotherapist but soon developed a keen interest in the field of Paediatrics. After completing 2 years on a paediatric rotation she successfully applied for a Paediatric Physiotherapy post in 2008. She has worked in Paediatrics since then.

Gemma has experience over all age groups from neonates to young adults. She has extensive experience working with children with severe and complex needs and supporting the families and care team with postural care, use of equipment and suitable moving and handling regime. Gemma has worked many areas within the area of paediatrics including rehabilitation post acquired brain injury, childhood disability and children undergoing multi-level orthopaedic surgery and SDR. She has worked both with inpatients and in the community supporting children within clinic settings as well as at home and school.

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Alongside her work at Healing Touch Physiotherapy, Gemma works as part of a community physiotherapy team where she is a clinical lead within a special school. She has been involved in the pathway of hip surveillance for children with complex needs, reviewed NICE guidelines and is a CPIP assessor.

Besides her academic achievement Gemma has the following post graduate experience

  • Introduction to Bobath
  • Paediatric Respiratory Assessment (Birmingham Childrens Hospital)
  • Paediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Tuning
  • Paediatric Bobath – 8 week course
  • Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway – Train the Trainer
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Basic Makaton

Gemma is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Gemma says ‘ I love working within the field of paediatrics . Seeing a child develop new skills and work towards achieving their potential is extremely rewarding. I strongly believe that no matter the level of disability everyone has the ability to succeed with the right support and goals’

Karen Mayes

MCSP
Clinical Specialist & Neurological Physiotherapist
Leeds and Yorkshire region

Karen is a highly motivated and experienced neurological Physiotherapist and has been working with children with complex Neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, both within the NHS and private sectors for the past 15 years.

Karen has a keen interest in inclusive activity and strongly believes that therapy should be client centred and fun!

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Karen qualified in 2005 with first-class honours BSc Physiotherapy degree from York St John’s college. She pursued post graduate diploma is advancing paediatric practice in 2014 from Sheffield Hallam University. After completing her core rotations, Karen soon realised that she wanted to specialise in Paediatrics; she loved the varied nature of the caseload and found that she had a natural intrinsic ability to engage and motivate children and young people in therapy setting with fun,  functional client centred therapy goals and treatment plans.

Karen was then successful in achieving a team leader post in North Lincolnshire managing a multi-disciplinary team, whilst maintaining a clinical caseload predominantly in special schools and complex preschool children and babies in nursery and community settings.

Karen held this post for 5 years before deciding to work privately as a physiotherapist and baby massage instructor in York and the surrounding areas.

Since 2017, Karen has worked as a Paediatric Physiotherapist in West Yorkshire where she has a varied caseload of ex premature babies, complex preschool children and children in mainstream schools with physical disabilities.

Besides her academic achievement, Karen has the following post graduate training

  • Gait Analysis and orthotic management of Cerebral Palsy
  • CPIP training
  • Introductory Bobath training
  • Halliwick association of swimming course
  • Paediatric ‘get on the ball’ training
  • Smarty Pilates Instructor
  • Baby and infant massage instructor and instructor trainer
  • Paediatric Reflexology
  • Sporting injuries in children and adolescents
  • Dynamic Movement training
  • Makaton
  • Paediatric cancers and management
  • Rebound therapy
  • Neuromuscular training
  • Spasticity management

Karen is registered with:

  • Health and Care professionals council (HCPC)

Member of :

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Karen is passionate about her work and thrives on encouraging and enabling children and young people to reach, optimise and achieve their full potential. Karen’s approach is always client centred, inclusive and family focused; setting realistic and functional goals through fun therapy programmes. Karen says, “ I am thrilled to be part of this motivated, proactive and dynamic team”

Maria Liversidge

MCSP, SRP
Clinical Specialist & Neurological Physiotherapist
Yorkshire Region

Maria qualified as a physiotherapist in 2004 from Northumbria University. She has 15 years of physiotherapy practice working in the NHS for Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust. She has worked in a variety of settings which was initially within the acute sector gaining skills in ICU, HDU, medical wards, musculoskeletal, mental health, intermediate care, orthopaedics and elderly care. Maria started her journey specialising in neurology and long term rehabilitation in acquired brain injury in 2008 where she worked in the stroke rehabilitation ward treating clients with acute stroke, covering stroke outpatients, neurosciences outpatients, child development centre, children’s ward and the adult learning disability team.

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Maria’s current role within the NHS is working in the Community Therapy Team where she is the lead physiotherapist for a Parkinsons clinic and a senior physiotherapist within the community team. Maria works autonomously managing an individual community caseload as well as working within a MDT for the neurology clinic. She also provides initial assessments and therapeutic input for the community response team which handle community step-ups and acute discharges.

Maria has the following post graduate training:

Bobath therapy

Lycra and neurological splint measurement

Professional Practise Educator

Neuro Gym Ball Course

Saebo Arm Training Program

Aquatic Physiotherapy

On-call respiratory NIV training

Clinical Swiss Ball Systems

Treatment for Ataxia

Functional Recovery of the Hand

Clinical Audit

PD Warrior

Parkinson’s Management

Maria is registered with:

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with interest in Neurology (ACPIN)

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People (AGILE)

Maria says, ‘I have a holistic and goal orientated, client centred approach. My passion is within rehabilitation physiotherapy and am delighted to be joining this wonderful and dynamic team.’

 

Christine Malloch

MCSP, SRP
Clinical Specialist & Neurological Paediatric Physiotherapist
North & Yorkshire region

Chris graduated from Liverpool School of Physiotherapy and has over 25 years experience working as a clinical practitioner and a neurological paediatric physiotherapist. She specialised early on in her career as a paediatric therapist once completing her junior rotations. She has gained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience within the field of neurological physiotherapy from working in a variety of clinical settings both acute and community based, including centers of excellence, specialist children’s hospitals alongside highly experienced clinical specialists.

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Chris has continued to develop her clinical skills with further training on postgraduate courses. She is extensively trained and experienced in neuro-developmental therapy (NDT/Bobath/Hare) and her special interests include treating children with developmental delay, the management and treatment of children with complex neurological conditions, neonates and treatment with aquatic therapy.

She has completed the Bobath Early Intervention course as an adjunct to her eight-week paediatric Bobath course alongside sensory integration techniques and uses both approaches in conjunction with each other into her therapy prescription to optimize and enhance client’s potential. Chris is trained in aquatic therapy and rebound therapy and uses these skills and knowledge within her therapy intervention.

Chris covers Leeds and Yorkshire region supporting children and young adults with complex neurological injuries, ABI and spinal injuries. She is actively involved in advice and training to care teams and support complex care packages, working collaboratively around wider multidisciplinary teams.

Besides her academic achievement Chris has the following post graduate experience

  • Post graduate neurodevelopmental and Bobath Training
  • Bobath early intervention
  • Sensory Integration
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Rebound therapy
  • BSL level-2

Chris is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Chris says, “I am delighted to be part of this competent team and I am confident that my passion and dedication to the clients and families will enhance and facilitate their recovery process and help them achieve their maximum potential”.

Vania Inglis

MCSP,SRP
Clinical Specialist & Neurological Physiotherapist
Leeds & North Yorkshire Region

Vania is a dedicated professional with over 10 years of experience in the field of neurological physiotherapy. She has worked in various settings, hospitals in the UK and abroad, ranging from NHS community trusts to charity organisations, supporting rehabilitation of adults and children with complex neurological presentation.

Her experience spans across many fields of adult and paediatric neurology including rehabilitation for acute and long term conditions, rehabilitation following brain and spinal injuries and other complex cases.

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Vania graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Sofia Medical University in Bulgaria in 2009. She completed her thesis in the subject of cerebral vascular accident (stroke).  Vania subsequently completed her first work experience at the Pernik Hospital in post-acute conditions and rehabilitation, where she developed her foundation in neurological treatment.  She honed her expertise in treatment and management of complex spinal injuries, brain injuries, non- traumatic acquired neurological injuries like stroke, management and treatment of cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other acquired childhood disorders.  Vania also has experience working with musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions like fractures, polytrauma, back pain and impingement disorders.

Vania worked at Central and North west London NHS Trust within the rapid response team, managing caseloads as an autonomous clinician and working with a  wider multidisciplinary team. She has since worked as a senior neurological physiotherapist within the NHS and in community settings. For the past several years Vania has served at the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity organisation as a senior clinician supporting care and rehabilitation for residents with complex neurological long term conditions.

Besides her outstanding academic achievement, Vania has the following post graduate training:

  • Neuro physiotherapy assessment and management
  • Spasticity management in patients with complex needs
  • Manual handling training for clinical staff
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Soft tissue mobilisation of lower body and lower limb
  • Manual mobilisation of the cervical thoracic spine and upper limb
  • Manual mobilisation of the lower back
  • On call training
  • Clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis: Headache, jaw pain, dizziness and whiplash
  • Active Diploma Level 3 in Personal Training and Nutrition

Vania is registered with
Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of
Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
Association of chartered physiotherapists with interest in Neurology (ACPIN)

She moved to North Yorkshire in 2017 with her husband and continued to serve at Leonard Cheshire in Cleckheaton, which is now operated by Valorum.  She joined Healing Touch Physiotherapy in September 2020 as a clinical specialist and physiotherapist covering a wide geographical area in North Yorkshire, Hull Humberside and West Yorkshire areas. In her free time Vania  enjoys visiting the gym and expanding her knowledge in the sphere of personal training and advice on nutrition.

Vania says, “I am dedicated and passionate about delivering a high standard of care to my clients and supporting them through their progress and rehabilitation journey, I am thrilled to be joining this dynamic team and being able to provide the much needed support to the families I meet”.

Joanne Bleasdale

MCSP, SRP
Clinical Specialist and Pediatric Physiotherapist
Leeds & Yorkshire Region

Joanne qualified in 1996 with an honours degree in physiotherapy from Leeds university. She started to work with children in 1997 and has worked full time since then within pediatrics. She has taught on several courses through the APCP and has completed several masters modules in the field of paediatric physiotherapy gaining a post graduate certificate in Paediatric physiotherapy in 2005. Joanne joined our team in March 2019 and is involved in assessment and management of children and young adults with complex neurological conditions like acquired brain injury and spinal injuries. Joanne is involved in assessing the client, writing detailed report with recommendations, assessing suitable equipment provision and training of family and care team.

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Joanne has over 22 years experience of working in the field of Paediatrics and has worked with children with a variety of conditions from neo nates to older children with complex needs. In the past, she has worked in a variety of settings including Leeds and Sheffield children’s hospitals and currently works as an advanced physiotherapist/team lead in a smaller acute hospital in the Yorkshire region. She has developed the neo natal service within her own trust and Ponseti pathways and is part of several MDT clinics including children with cystic fibrosis and hip dysplasia.

Joanne has completed courses in all aspects of paediatric therapy from rheumatology conditions, brain injuries, degenerative conditions, Bobath techniques, several MSK courses, respiratory courses , courses on Paediatric orthopaedic conditions, oncology, orthopaedics, gait analysis, acupuncture, Pilates and is a trained CPIP assessor.

Joanne is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Joanne says, ” I enjoy working with children and their families, there nothing more rewarding than helping a child to maximise their potential and helping them gain independence within the confines of their disability.I am thrilled to be joining this dynamic team and being able to provide high standard of care to the families I meet”

Harry Davies

Advanced Personal Trainer and Technical Instructor

Harry has over 10 years’ experience in both the public and private health sectors, working closely with all ages and abilities, promoting their health and wellbeing. Harry is a qualified personal trainer with experience working with both adults and young people, facilitating exercise plans, offering progressive training to strengthen and refine musculoskeletal and motor skills. Besides working for David Lloyds gym at Leeds, Harry works closely with our team of neurological physiotherapist and the wider multi-disciplinary team to support rehabilitation plan for clients with acquired brain injury and spinal injuries.

Natalie Curtis

Business Manager

Natalie is a valuable member of our business support team. She has a wealth of experience in the field of business administration and financial management, supporting clinical practices and expert witness services. Natalie helps in day to day running of our practice, liaising with the legal team, case management services and the multidisciplinary team.

Harpreet Rattan

Advanced Rehabilitation Assistant & Team Coordinator 

Harpreet has many years of experience in therapy and care sector, working with young people and adults with complex needs. She is trained and qualified in moving and handling of young people and adults, brain injury rehabilitation, Paediatric and adult first aid, safeguarding of vulnerable adults and also health and safety at work.

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Harpreet graduated in 2014 as a Landscape Architect from Leeds Beckett University. After having worked in this industry for a few years, she soon identified her passion to work with complex needs and stepped in to care sector in 2016, working closely with multidisciplinary teams and clients with complex Neuro disability.

She possesses excellent functioning and organisational skills, besides assisting our clinicians and delivering designated rehab packages for our clients, she also plays a crucial role in the day to day administration of the practice.

Harpreet says, “I am thrilled to join this dynamic team, I believe that encouragement and empowerment in rehabilitation is the key to create a window for future independent living”

Lee Mortimer

Advanced Rehabilitation Assistant

Lee has extensive experience working in the therapy and care sector with children young people and vulnerable adults for many years. Lee is trained and qualified in manual handling of children and young people, brain injury rehabilitation, safeguarding vulnerable adults, health and safety at work and is able to carry out risk assessment for moving and handling of our clients. Lee supports our clinicians in delivering goal centred therapy using land based
treatment, hydrotherapy and rebound therapy and is an integral part of our team.