CSP spokespeople

The CSP has created a new guide to our key spokespeople and their specialist knowledge. They can comment on a range of clinical, research and human-interest stories.

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Physios provide expert treatment to patients with an incredible range of conditions, which for the purposes of this guide, we have put into two categories: rehabilitation; and bones, joints and muscles.

We want to show the breadth of expertise of our members and to increase visibility of physiotherapy in the news.

Are you working on something newsworthy or want to share your Covid-related story? Email the CSP press office.

Rehabilitation

Respiratory and acute Covid-19 spokespeople

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Rachael Moses

Rachael Moses
Specialisms: respiratory

Location: Lancashire/London/Newcastle

More info: @AHPLeader

  • Chief allied health professional lead at NHS Nightingale London
  • Consultant physiotherapist specialising in complex ventilation, airway clearance and tracheostomy care
  • Sits on the CSP Council and is a trustee and board member for St Catherine’s Hospice
  • Does humanitarian work for Medical Aid for Palestinians
  • Runner-up of ITV’s Good Morning Britain Hospital Health Star Awards

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Ema Swingwood

Ema Swingwood
Specialisms: respiratory, advanced ventilation and airway clearance

Availability: flexible

Location: Bristol/South West

More info: Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)

  • Respiratory pathway lead physiotherapist at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
  • Visiting lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of the West of England
  • Teaching fellow in postgraduate advanced cardiorespiratory physiotherapy
  • Chair of the ACPRC

Cardiac disease and diabetes spokespeople

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Laura Burgess

Laura Burgess
Specialisms: cardiac rehabilitation

Availability: flexible

Location: Manchester

More info: Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (ACPICR)

  • Clinical lead/team manager in cardiac rehabilitation
  • Qualified from Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1982 and completed an MSc in cardiovascular rehabilitation in 2011
  • Clinical lead specialist physiotherapist
  • Co-chair of the ACPICR
  • Former chair of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Exercise Professional Group

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Julia Copping

Julia Copping
Specialisms: Type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease prevention and rehabilitation

Availability: flexible

Location: Buckinghamshire

  • Lead physiotherapist for Type 2 diabetes
  • Part of a multidisciplinary Type 2 diabetes education team and is a senior physiotherapist in cardiac rehab
  • Qualified in 1986 and has gained a wide range of experience in different areas of physiotherapy
  • She has specialised in Type 2 diabetes since 2005, and promotes physical activity/exercise in its prevention and management

Parkinson’s, stroke and acquired brain injury spokesperson

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Jonathan McCrea

Dr Jonathan McCrea
Specialisms: neurological physiotherapy

Availability: flexible

Location: Northern Ireland

More info: @JonnieMcC

  • An NHS neurological physiotherapist in the community and outpatient settings
  • A service manager for Brain Injury Matters (NI), a charity that helps people affected by all types of acquired brain injury and their families
  • Graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh before completing a PhD in physiotherapy
  • Has worked in Brazil with leprosy patients, and in a range of clinical settings in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology

Older people spokesperson

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Sarah de Biase

Sarah de Biase
Specialisms: health and wellbeing of older people

Availability: flexible
Location: Leeds/London
More info: @sarahdebiase, AGILE

  • Promotes high standards in physiotherapy with older people through education, research and high-quality service delivery
  • Chair of AGILE, the professional network of the CSP for physiotherapists working with older people
  • Currently the allied health professional lead at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Previous experience includes being a member of the Electronic Frailty Index team, which won the Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Award for Innovation in 2017

Women’s health spokespeople

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Lucia Berry

Lucia Berry
Specialisms: pelvic health

Location: London 
More info: @ThePOGP or @luciaberryphys1 

  • Advanced physiotherapy practitioner and lecturer at Brunel University London
  • Subject leader for pelvic health and healthcare leadership 
  • Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) network trustee and chair of the communication subcommittee
  • Member of the NHS England transformation support group on postnatal care 

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Emma Brockwell

Emma Brockwell
Specialisms: postpartum recovery, pelvic health, running, pelvic health in sport

Availability: flexible

Location: London and Surrey

More info: PhysioMum

  • Believes every new mother should be seen by a pelvic health physio to optimise rehabilitation and safe return to exercise
  • Co-authored the UK’s first Return to Running postnatal guidelines
  • Completed a postgraduate course in pelvic obstetric gynaecological physiotherapy
  • Founder of #pelvicroar a physiotherapy-led collaboration in pelvic health campaigning

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Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller
Specialisms: pelvic health, postnatal care

Availability: flexible

Location: Scotland

More info: Gusset Grippers, @gussiegrips

  • Founder of #pelvicroar a physiotherapy-led collaboration in pelvic health campaigning
  • As a stand-up comedian, seeks to use humour to as a health promotion tool
  • Director of social enterprise Sweet F Aye, which uses humour to deliver health education to women who are from culturally diverse, geographically remote or economically deprived populations

Cancer and HIV spokespeople

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Darren Brown

Darren Brown
Specialisms: HIV, oncology, disability and palliative care

Availability: Monday, Wednesday

Location: London

More info: HIV Physio

  • Champions the role of physiotherapy for people living with HIV
  • Leads the physiotherapy service at the largest HIV unit in Europe
  • Invented the BeYou+ health app, which supports self-management strategies for people living with HIV
  • Awarded an NIHR master's of clinical research in 2019
  • Vice-chair of the UK Rehabilitation in HIV Association

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Clare Lait

Clare Lait
Specialism: cancer

Availability: flexible

Location: Gloucester

More info: Cancer Physio

  • Former Macmillan community physiotherapist for the NHS, working with highly complex individuals with a previous breast, prostate or colorectal cancer diagnosis
  • Headed up Gloucestershire’s physical activity programme for those affected by cancer
  • Has taught and lectured both nationally and internationally, and was a research fellow for a major trial looking into early physiotherapy intervention after breast surgery
  • Developed a service for women struggling with musculoskeletal (MSK) problems following cancer, which became a physiotherapy and psychology programme shortlisted for a national award
  • Worked with charities on guidelines around exercise for women following breast reconstruction and on patient information for fatigue and physical activity

Multiple sclerosis spokesperson

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Leanne Atkins

Leanne Atkins
Specialisms: neurological conditions, multiple sclerosis, strokes, muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease and brain tumours

Availability: flexible

Location: Derby

More info: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

  • Senior neurological physiotherapist who qualified in 2008
  • Works at a specialist rehabilitation unit opened in 2019, which brings together 10 specialist services to provide multidisciplinary support for patients
  • Departments at the unit include chronic fatigue, gait lab, spasticity and neuro splinting, Parkinson’s and traumatic brain injury
  • Areas of work include ataxia, dystonia, neurosurgery and post-polio syndrome

Amputations spokespeople

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Julia Earle

Julia Earle
Specialisms: pre- and post-op lower limb amputee rehabilitation

Availability: Monday-Thursday
Location: Kent
More info: British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR)

  • Clinical specialist physiotherapist in amputee rehabilitation who worked in acute inpatient amputees and vascular wards for 10 years
  • Postgraduate certificate in amputee rehabilitation
  • Since 2005, she has worked at a regional prosthetic limb centre
  • Chair of the BACPAR

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Louise Tisdale

Louise Tisdale
Specialisms: lower limb pre-amputation assessment, and amputee rehabilitation including prosthetic limbs

Availability: Flexible

Location: Wolverhampton

More info: British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR)

  • Specialist clinician in the rehabilitation of lower limb amputees, with 10 years in her current role
  • Works as part of a multidisciplinary team in an NHS amputee rehab service
  • Looks after patients with lower limb amputation, some with a prosthesis
  • Vice-chair of the BACPAR

Mental health spokesperson

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Brendon Stubbs

Brendon Stubbs
Specialisms: physical activity and mental health, healthy ageing

Availability: Monday-Wednesday, Friday

Location: London

  • Research physiotherapist
  • Head of physiotherapy at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  • Clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London
  • His research focuses on physical activity and mental health, and the mind-body interface
  • He focuses on how keeping a healthy body keeps the mind healthy (and vice versa), and how lifestyle contributes to healthy ageing

Animals spokesperson

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Kate Hesse

Kate Hesse
Specialisms: thoroughbred racehorses, flat racing

Availability: any time

Location: Newmarket

More info: On Track Physiotherapy

  • Australian-born, she started treating horses in 1997 and moved to the UK in 2002
  • Works at the pinnacle of flat racing and has treated household names of the sport
  • In 2009, completed a master's degree in veterinary physiotherapy
  • Became official physiotherapist for Veterinary Services at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
  • Also an Army Reserve officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps

Bones, joints and muscles spokespeople

MSK spokespeople

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Leanne Antoine

Leanne Antoine
Specialisms: MSK, sports injuries, lower limb rehabilitation

Availability: Flexible

Location: St Albans

More info: Distinct Physiotherapy, YouTube

  • Specialist neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapist with both NHS and private hospital/practices experience
  • Has worked with Arsenal women’s reserve and first team footballers, UFC fighters, and Tring Park ballet students
  • Gained a master's in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2015
  • Has experience in private and NHS settings
  • Semi-professional gymnast and fitness fanatic

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Uzo Ehiogu

Uzo Ehiogu
Specialisms: Exercise training, physical fitness, climbing, upper limb rehabilitation, extreme sports

Availability: flexible

Location: Birmingham

More info: Inside Ed

  • NHS clinical teaching fellow at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham
  • Consultant rehabilitation and physical preparation adviser
  • Master of science – neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Master of science – strength and conditioning science (currently studying)
  • Bachelor of science – physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of science – applied exercise science
  • Former Royal Marines Commando, British Army officer and military parachutist
  • Keen climber and trail runner

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Laura Finucane

Laura Finucane
Specialisms: spinal conditions and serious pathology, advanced practice

Availability: Monday-Thursday

Location: Sussex

  • Consultant physiotherapist with a special interest in serious spinal pathologies and has presented internationally on this subject
  • Manages patients with back pain, working closely with spinal surgeons
  • Completed a master's degree in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy and now teaches and examines at postgraduate level
  • Vice-president of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists and is an honorary fellow of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Mountain biker and skier

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Benoy Mathew

Benoy Mathew
Specialisms: lower limb overuse injuries, chronic hip and groin pain, running injuries, shockwave therapy

Availability: Monday or Thursday
Location: London
More info: @function2fitnes, Life Plus Clinics

  • Advanced practice physiotherapist
  • MSK sonographer and shockwave specialist working in private practice
  • Qualified in 1998 at Pondicherry University in India
  • Gained a master's in advanced physiotherapy in 2014, followed by an ultrasound qualification in 2020

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Chris Mercer

Chris Mercer
Specialisms: back pain, serious spinal pathology and radiology

Availability: Monday pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday am

Location: West Sussex

  • Graduated in 1989 and now a consultant physiotherapist with an interest in serious spinal pathology
  • Clinical lead for the Spinal Triage Clinic and the head of Research and Audit for Therapies within the NHS
  • Chaired the CSP’s low back pain group that produced national guidelines for physiotherapists
  • Also chaired the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, chairs the CSP Education Awards Panel and is vice-chair of CSP’s charitable trust
  • Keen surfer and kick-boxer

First contact physiotherapy spokesperson

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Chris Martey

Chris Martey
Specialisms: FCP, adult inflammatory conditions such as rheumatology and spondyloarthritis

Availability: flexible

Location: Bristol and Bath

More info: @ChrisMartey

  • Advanced MSK physiotherapist working in primary care in GP surgeries
  • He is the first healthcare professional to assess, diagnose and provide appropriate treatment and management for MSK patients at surgeries
  • Part of a small research group aiming to improve non-pharmacological treatment for those with spondyloarthritis
  • Has completed a postgraduate module in MSK injection therapy, allowing him to offer corticosteroid and local anaesthetic joint and soft tissue injections
  • Keen runner, cyclist and gym-goer

See also CSP's assistant director, Ruth ten Hove, and head of FCP implementation, Larry Koyama.

Pain management spokespeople

Diarmuid Denneny
Specialisms: pain management, psychologically informed approaches, mindfulness, complex regional pain syndrome

Availability: Flexible

Location: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

  • Advanced physiotherapy practitioner
  • Over 20 years’ clinical experience – an expert in chronic, ongoing, persistent pain
  • Chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Association
  • Trained teacher at Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and uses mindfulness in pain management
  • Professional lead physiotherapist at the world-renowned pain management centre at UCLH
  • Member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence development committee for chronic pain guidelines due in 2020

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Jackie Walumbe

Jackie Walumbe
Specialisms: pain management, complex pain, qualitative research

Availability: flexible

Location: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

More info: Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA)

  • Advanced physiotherapy practitioner
  • Doctoral researcher/PhD candidate at the University of Oxford
  • Completed a master's in global public health and policy, and a master's in pain: science and society
  • Health Education England/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow looking at self-management of chronic pain
  • Vice-chair of the PPA

Health inequalities spokesperson

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Dana Maki

Dr Dana Maki
Specialisms: health inequalities

Availability: flexible

Location: London

Info: Brunel University London

  • Senior lecturer and programme lead for MSc in physiotherapy (TNE) at Brunel University London
  • Clinical specialist in pain management
  • Member of the editorial committee of Pain and Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association
  • Member of the national conference organising committee for the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) association

Fitness and physical activity spokesperson

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Tom Goom

Tom Goom
Specialisms: running injury, tendinopathy, bone stress injury, running-related research and gait retraining

Availability: Monday, Wednesday and Friday am

Location: Brighton

More info: Running Physio

  • Clinical lead at the Physio Rooms
  • A keen runner and creator of website offering free online advice to runners on injury treatment and prevention
  • His work has featured in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Runner’s World and Men’s Running UK
  • In 2019, he worked with women’s health physiotherapists to produce a comprehensive guide to postnatal return to running
  • Formerly the physio at a semi-professional football club

Paediatrics spokespeople

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Anna Hebda-Boon

Anna Hebda-Boon
Specialisms: paediatric neuro-orthopaedics, spasticity management, gait analysis, clinical decision-making, education

Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Location: London

More info: Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)

  • Clinical specialist paediatric physiotherapist in neuro-orthopaedics
  • Education Officer for the APCP promoting advancements in education across the UK and establishing international educational collaborations
  • Studying for a PhD, researching gait analysis in children with cerebral palsy
  • Has a postgraduate certificate in clinical biomechanics and in academic practice
  • Involved in international educational and clinical charity projects

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Linda Walsh

Linda Walsh
Specialisms: club foot, hip dysplasia, MSK and orthopaedic conditions

Availability: Monday, Thursday, Friday

Location: London

More info: Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)

  • Child and adolescent orthopaedic specialist and member of a specialist service based at the Royal London Hospital
  • Member of the APCP, actively promoting children’s physiotherapy
  • Keen interest in patients’ experience of healthcare and supporting physiotherapists through mentorship and education opportunities

Occupational health spokesperson

Ashley James
Specialisms: occupational health, health and sports medicine

Availability: flexible

Location: Manchester

  • Clinical lead of occupational health physiotherapy services
  • Senior MSK physiotherapist with 10 years’ experience in professional sport and occupational health
  • Undertaking a PhD looking at lower back pain in the workplace

CSP staff

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Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton
Specialisms: CSP policy, NHS policy, public health

Availability: flexible

Location: London

More info: CSP profile

  • The first woman and the first physiotherapist to be chief executive of the CSP
  • Became chief executive in February 2014, moving from NHS England
  • Previously led more than 80,000 staff in the NHS and other sectors as the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer
  • Passionate about the leading role physiotherapy plays in enabling people to live long and live well

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Ruth ten Hove

Ruth ten Hove
Specialisms: first contact physiotherapy, rehabilitation

Availability: flexible

Location: London/Hertfordshire

  • CSP assistant director
  • Completed a master's in public health in 1990
  • Works to improve access to and the quality of rehabilitation
  • Led national audit for hip fractures
  • Leads on major research projects, including FCP and Covid-19 rehabilitation

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Claire Sullivan

Claire Sullivan
Specialisms: employment relations, trade union matters, workplace health and safety, workplace law

Availability: flexible

Location: London

  • Director of employment relations and union services
  • Joined the CSP 25 years ago and in 2014 became the first physiotherapist to lead its trade union arm
  • Formerly a neurological physiotherapist in the NHS and active in the disability movement
  • Completed a master's in industrial relations in 1995
  • Non-executive director of the Health and Safety Executive since July 2019

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Larry Koyama

Larry Koyama
Specialisms: first contact physiotherapy and MSK

Availability: flexible

Location: London

  • Head of FCP implementation at the CSP for all four countries of the UK
  • Clinically, he works as an advanced MSK physiotherapist
  • Has an MSc in advanced neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy from King's College London
  • An alumni of the NHS Leadership academy Ready Now programme and Versus Arthritis MSK clinical champion

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