Who is involved?

Find out more about the Steering Group that oversees the current Physiotherapy Priority Setting Partnership.

The priority setting partnership steering group

The steering group comprises the following members:

Bethany Bateman - stakeholder engagement manager, British Lung Foundation

Bethany develops opportunities for people with lung conditions to feed into the work of the BLF charity. She also helps them to make their voices heard in the media and by policy makers in the NHS and parliament.


Kate Button - senior lecturer, Cardiff University and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Kate's areas of specialism and research interest are in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, clinical biomechanics, development of digital interventions and musculoskeletal care pathway redesign. Additional leadership roles currently held by Kate include Research Theme Lead for Optimising Health through activity and lifestyles and Director of Research Governance, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University

Sean Paul Carroll - CSP student rep, Glasgow Caledonian University

Sean is involved in peer tutoring and assisting in pain research. He has chaired the student physiotherapy conference committee in 2016, and helped conduct an allied health profession placement funding evaluation with Scottish students in 2015.

Billy Fashanu - consultant physiotherapist, Southend Hospital
Billy is a consultant physiotherapist with experience in managing general and complex musculoskeletal conditions. He has worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS for more than 28 years and has ample experience as a clinician, researcher, and manager. He is an active and participatory member of CSP and has contributed to several CSP and special interest committees over the years. He is actively involved in post-graduate education, teaching, and research. He is a member of the Chartered society of Physiotherapy consultant group, local NHS Trust R&D group, Essex University programme development committee, East of England AHP forum. He has an advisory role with the PMR & NRAS patient group. He represents the physiotherapy consultant group on the PSP
Heather Goodare - Cochrane Consumer Group member

Heather is a 30-year cancer survivor (aged 85) with late effects from radiotherapy and also arthritis in knees and hips. She has benefited from NHS physiotherapy treatment as well as complementary therapies including acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractice. Heather cares for her 88-year-old husband, a 10-year stroke survivor, who has also benefited from physiotherapy treatment.

Elizabeth Gray - chair, Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)

Elizabeth trained at the Joint Services School of Physiotherapy qualifying in 1985. Initially working in London she moved to work in North Yorkshire and then on to Scotland. Her husband's military career took them then to Norway before returning to Wales and finally back to Scotland, till her move back to London and her current role as the Children's Therapy Lead at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust. Elizabeth is proud to also be Chair of the Association Of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists, one of the CSP's largest professional networks.

Caroline Griffiths - AHP clinical lead, Oxford Healthcare NHS Trust


Dr Jonathan Harvey - patient and researcher

Jonathan is a former physiotherapy student and brain injury survivor. He has carried out extensive research into acquired brain injury and neurological rehabilitation. He is author of 'A sociological approach to acquired brain injury and identity' which is to be published by Routledge later this year. Jonathan represents the opinions of physiotherapy patients.

Amber Lane - consultant respiratory physiotherapist, Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Amber graduated from Brighton University in 2001 with a BSc Hons in physiotherapy and went on to specialise in cardiorespiratory physio. She was awarded a Masters in Clinical Research from St George's University, London in 2016. Her clinical interests include non-invasive ventilation, sleep-disordered breathing, oxygen therapy, and the management of people with long-term respiratory conditions.

Dr Fidelma Moran - lecturer, Ulster University

Fidelma graduated from Ulster University and worked clinically in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy before returning to Ulster University as a lecturer. Her research interests include the use of positive pressure for Airway Clearance. Fidelma is Course Director for the MSc in Professional Development in Physiotherapy and has just completed her term of office as Chair of the CSP NI Board.

Dr Brenda O'Neill - senior lecturer, University of Ulster

Brenda is involved in research and teaching in support of respiratory health. Her research interests include assessment and management of people with respiratory compromise (COPD, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, critical illness), and rehabilitation strategies that include exercise, physical activity, pulmonary rehab and self-management.

Ian Wellwood - senior research associate, University of Cambridge

Ian has a background as a clinical physiotherapist, has a PhD in clinical neurosciences, and contributed to public health and health services research publications. His research interests include collaborative, multidisciplinary research to improve rehab for people with long-term conditions.

Sarah Westwater-Wood - assistant professor, University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences.

Sarah is a parent and primary career for her young adult child who is profoundly physically impaired. She also works as a physiotherapist specialising in children and young adults. Sarah represents the opinions of parent carers.

Dr Jackie Waterfield - senior lecturer, Keele University

Jackie is an active researcher as well as being an independent reviewer for grants, research projects and educational programmes. Jackie is current chair of the CSP Education Committee and also recently chaired the scientific panel for the ER-WCPT16 congress. The focus of the event was to share expertise and perspectives on advancing physiotherapy education, practice and research to meet changing population and patient care needs.

Please use the document link below to find out more about the steering group, including its terms of reference.

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