This committee provides expertise and insight on significant physiotherapy practice, learning and development issues.
Committee Membership 2018-2020
Dr Heather Gray (Chair)
Heather is the Head of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) having worked previously in NHS Scotland. She was involved in the development of the UK’s first pre-registration Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) programme, which is run at GCU. She has served in many CSP roles, including: Research and Education Officer for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics; member of the CSP’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Group; and Educational Representative on the CSP Scottish Board.
Heather spent four years as a Researcher at the University of Glasgow in Public Health and in Scotland’s Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, and has completed numerous educational consultancy projects with NHS Education for Scotland. She is a member of Scottish Government’s AHP Vocational Rehabilitation priority work stream, and had led on three cross-university strategic projects in relation to personal tutoring, partnership working and student mental health. Currently, she is leading a Scotland-wide QAA collaborative cluster on building inclusivity and promoting student mental wellbeing.
Dr Mhairi Brandon is a Consultant Physiotherapist/Musculoskeletal Sonographer based at NHSGGC in Glasgow. She has a keen interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine and recently developed programmes in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound (MSUS) and interventions for Allied Health Professional programmes. She received a Professional Doctorate in 2012 and awarded a fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in November 2017.
She has led innovative projects to develop advanced physiotherapy practitioners to implement Ambulatory Care Models. These models establish ‘one stop clinics’ that incorporate MSUS into practice for the delivery of complete client case management. She has presented widely internationally on the impact of ultrasound imaging on clinical practice across the Caribbean and in Europe, subsequently working in partnership to develop educational teaching programmes.
Ruth is a Physiotherapy Clinical Manager at ABMU Health Board, based in Swansea, and is part of the senior physiotherapy leadership team. Ruth qualified from the London Hospital in 1988, developed her career as an MSK Physio, then studied a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management at Swansea University. She has developed a special interest in education, and advanced practice. Ruth has been an active member of CSP Welsh Board for many years, and is currently the professional Physiotherapy representative to the Welsh Therapies Advisory Committee to the Welsh Government. Ruth was an Alternate on the last Council, and previously served on the Professional Practice and Service Delivery Committee. Ruth is also an active member of the LaMPS (Leaders and Managers) Professional network, and currently is the Welsh representative on the executive committee.
Jo Jennings is an orthogeriatric advanced clinical practitioner at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, currently on secondment to the learning and development team focusing on simulation based education. Jo also works as a community medical tutor in conjunction with Warwick medical school. Jo has a strong interest in advanced practice - just over a decade ago she became one of the first Physiotherapists to work as a Community Matron. She has completed a postgraduate diploma in advanced clinical practice, a certificate (distinction) in Non-Medical prescribing and a Level 4 education and training certificate. Jo has spoken at several conferences and has been published in Nursing Older People. Jo sits on the British Geriatric Society’s Nurse and AHP council and the BGS’s Clinical Quality Committee.
Nick Livadas (Vice-Chair)
Nick is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at Teesside University. He combines his academic role with clinical practice at a thriving Newcastle private practice where he acts as clinical lead for the NHS, private and occupational health arms of the business. He has worked in advanced musculoskeletal practice roles and has experience in developing clinical governance and quality assurance standards. Nick has previously held committee positions as research officer and chair of the ACPOMIT professional network. He has a keen interest in professional development which led to him founding and now chairing the North East Musculoskeletal Society.
Vicky is a band 6 rotation physiotherapist in an NHS district general hospital in West Norfolk, specialising in respiratory and surgery. She is a current clinical educator and has an interest in learning and development. She has been an active member of the CSP since she was a student and more recently a workplace steward and member of the national group of regional stewards. The appointment to the Professional Committee gives her the opportunity to experience the CSP from the clinical, educational and trade union aspects.
David is a rotational physiotherapist based within the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with First-class honours in 2019. In particular, he researched student physiotherapists use and perceptions of social media for his dissertation. David has been involved in leadership from early in his studies. He was selected onto the Council of Deans' Student Leadership Programme resulting in leading a team which organised a national conference on student leadership and policy work with the Office for Students. David was active with the CSP as a student where he was nominated as a Student Representative. He then was elected onto the Student Executive Committee, where he worked on the change process to restructure the CSP student network. He is interested in leadership, policy and all areas of physiotherapy.
Dr Jackie Waterfield
Jackie joined Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, in 2017 as a Professor and Head of a Division of Health Programmes. After a successful career as a clinical physiotherapist, she moved to education in 1998 and has worked extensively with other HEIs in the UK and overseas, both directly and through engagement with the CSP and the HCPC. Jackie has been an independent reviewer for the validation of qualifying and postgraduate programmes, and has conducted reviews, and mediated in challenging and complex cases at other HEIs. She was a member of the CSP Council during the governance transformation period and has chaired the Education Committee. Recently, she chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Education Conference of the WCPT. In 2014, she received a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.