Therapists

Our team of therapists have been specially selected due to their expertise in their chosen field. All of our therapists are registered with the Health Professions Council as well as their own governing bodies. Our therapists undergo regular training and continuing professional development.

Our team of experienced  paediatric physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists can work together alongside other professionals to ensure that children who come to us are optimising their abilities through the best therapy

We are pleased to confirm that we are accepting new referals.

If you feel that you’ve got what it takes to be at the forefront of Neuro Rehab and would be interested in joining our team, please get in touch & send in a copy of your CV along with your expressions of interest.

Physiotherapists

Our neurological physiotherapists are highly experienced in treating neuro patients they attend regular courses, seminars and presentations, which are specific to neurology in order to further their knowledge in this very specialised area.

A neuro physiotherapist will specialise in any form of neurological condition that affects the brain, spine, balance or co-ordination as well as many others. Using their skill, experience and a bit of ‘More Rehab magic’ they will formulate a treatment plan specific to each individual to help maintain and improve all areas of physical function that can be impaired by a neurological condition.

Anna Wilkinson – Msc, MHPC, MCSP

Anna Wilkinson is the Managing Director of More Rehab Ltd, as well as a partner of The White House Medico-Legal Services. She has a  special interest in rehabilitation of neurological and orthopaedic injuries. She also works with amputee clients. She is passionate about ensuring that people with complex presentations can meet their potential. She uses an eclectic approach including Bobath techniques in order to gain an optimal outcome. She enjoys using multiple approaches in order to help people recover including aquatic therapy and innovative technology.

Anna is a member of a number of special interest groups:

  • APIL – Tier 1 (Highest Tier) specialist for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • ACPIN – Anna is the North Trent Representative for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with a Interest in Neurology
  • APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists
  • HACP (ATACP) – Hydrotherapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)
  • MEWI – Member Expert Witness Institute
  • MLACP – Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • OCPPP – Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practise.

Anna has been involved in research projects for the University, she’s recently completed and gained her Msc in Neurological Physiotherapy. She presents at National & International Neurology Conferences.

Rebecca Bancroft – BSc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Rebecca Bancroft is our Clinical Manager and has a special interest in rehabilitation of neurological conditions. She is a valuable member of our team with over eighteen years experience in Neurological Rehabilitation. She brings a wealth of experience to the team from NHS positions in Sheffield and London, developing this knowledge in our service delivery.

Rebecca is highly skilled in assessment of complex cases that require recommendations for rehabilitation needs. She keeps up to date with advances in new technology; namely Functional Electrical Stimulation devices and robotics. Rebecca has been involved in implementing changes in practice, following the latest developments in rehabilitative techniques. She is Bobath trained and uses this in her assessments and handling but draws on years of experience to individualise treatments for her clients.

She has a keen interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation and enjoys working with this client group improving their functional ability and working alongside other health professionals in this area.

Rebecca has a keen interest in working with the wider team involved in patient’s care and is experienced in teaching carers and family to continue rehabilitation between sessions to optimise patients goals.

When she’s not working she’s either out for a run or running after her two children.

James Osbourne – BSc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

James qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist after delivering a first class dissertation and has over the last seven years developed a special interest in Neurology. He applies his knowledge and creativity to achieve fantastic results with clients. He enjoys working with people with orthopaedic injuries, including amputees as well. He enjoys utilising the Bobath approach to treatment and has completed advanced bobath training. He enjoys working with clients to return to sport.

He is a valuable member of the Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club, as well as been awarded the Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club Player of the Season last year, he was also awarded 1st Team Player in the Men’s Conference North National Hockey League. When not working or playing hockey, James can be heard playing the cornet in Brass Bands.

Clare Vardy – BSc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Qualifying in 2003 from Sheffield Hallam University, Clare Vardy is a Senior Chartered Physiotherapist with a special interest in neurological conditions. She currently works part time for More Rehab as well as working part time for a rehabilitation team within the NHS. Clare has experience in the rehabilitation of complex neurological and orthopaedic patients both in the acute and community settings. Having spent the last 10 years working with patients in their own homes understands the importance of adapting rehabilitation programmes to help each individual achieve their own goals however big or small these may be.  Clare is also a member of ACPIN, the special interest group for physiotherapists working with neurology.

Shruti Verma – Msc, MHPC, MCSP

Shruti first qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003, before completing her Masters in Neurological Physiotherapy in 2009. She has a post grad certificate in dysphagia assessment and management (swallowing difficulties). Shruti’s special Neurological interest is functional rehabilitation and she loves encompassing Hydrotherapy into her treatments. She brings experience from specialist rehabilitation centres and has experience with adults and paediatrics with long term disabilities. She has completed advanced Bobath training and utilises these techniques to maximise patient outcome.

Starting work in a Army Hospital she quickly started to specialise in Neurological patients. For the last 8 years Shruti has been working in specialist rehabilitation centres with a wide and varied case load such as treating patients of all ages with long term conditions, young adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, acquired brain injury & patients with spinal cord injuries.

Shruti has sound experience in postural managing and using lycra garments, specialist seating and postural correction equipment. She uses the Oxford seating assessment to assess postural needs for those with complex postural management needs. Shruti is also experienced with completing complex  moving and handling risk assessments and reports. She can assess for modified wheelchairs, mobility aids and other adapted equipment. She utilises gait analysis skills to optimise quality of gait rehabilitation.

Katrina Dunn – Bsc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Katrina joined More Rehab in November 2012 and she brings many years experiences working with complex clients in the community. She qualified in 1994. She enjoys using a functional and Bobath approach to treat clients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions.

She has experience in spasticity management and enablement following neurological injury. She is expert at managing change for clients and assisting with utilisation of new skills into practice. She maintains high levels of clinical effectiveness. She has completed the assessment course and can assess for WalkAide use for drop foot. She has experience treating acquired brain injury and spinal cord injuries as well as other long term conditions.

Nicola Havenhand – Bsc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Nicola Havenhand is a Senior Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist who joined More Rehab in March 2014.  After gaining a first class honours degree at the University of Manchester in 1999 she has worked at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals where she has gained over 14 years of experience in the treatment of patients with complex neurological problems. During this time she has worked as a Clinical Specialist in Stroke where she has gained extensive experience in multidisciplinary treatment and management of complex stroke patients both in the acute and rehab settings.

Nicola is a member of the specialist interest group for Neurologically impaired patients (ACPIN). She enjoys applying her knowledge and skills into the community setting where she aims to deliver a holistic client-centred approach helping More Rehab clients realise their full potential and to improve their quality of life.

In her spare time Nicola is a keen netballer, she also enjoys travel, running and tap dancing! When not treating More Rehab clients she can also be found chasing around after her daughter!

Sarah Peck – Bsc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP, PGcert, MPH

Sarah qualified with a Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2004 from the University of East Anglia. She has always had an interest in neurological rehabilitation and has worked in a variety of areas including paediatrics, acute stroke care and neurological outpatients, most recently working with people with traumatic and acquired brain injuries in a community setting. Sarah is eclectic in her practice, utilising normal movement and motor relearning principles, incorporating for example, knowledge of vestibular rehabilitation, gait analysis and exercise prescription where appropriate. Sarah has experience working with people soon after and many years after injury, and is committed to enabling people with disabilities to participate fully in society and do the things that are important to them. She has worked with people on a range of activities, from improving their walking to parenting skills to returning to work and has lots of experience of engaging with other community services, such as leisure centres, employers and colleges to help people achieve their goals.

She also values the importance of research and enjoys learning more about the research that underpins neurological rehabilitation. Sarah has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University (2013), concentrating on neurological rehabilitation, and a Masters in Public Health and International Development at the University of Sheffield (2013). She is currently working on her PhD.

Away from work, Sarah enjoys travelling and spending time outside, either on her allotment or walking in the Peak District.

Joanne Dixey – Bsc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Joanne qualified in 1998 and has a variety of experience in rehabilitation settings since this time. She has a special interest in treating those with oncology diagnoses in particular neurological consequences of the diagnosis and treatment. She has experience rehabilitating those with spinal cord compressions/injury. She is keen to develop the physical activity of her patients and utilises an eclectic approach to ensure optimal outcome. She has experience utilising aquatic therapy in rehabilitation. She has completed a connective tissue course, has experience managing dropped head syndrome and completed the Obair Functional Capacity Evaluation Course. She enjoys encouraging clients to include exercise into their programme.

Tracy Johnston – Bsc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Tracy Johnson mug shotTracy is a clinical specialist chartered and HCPC registered physiotherapist who has 19 years experience in the treatment of patients with complex orthopaedic and limb reconstruction problems. She has a special interest and extensive  experience in the rehabilitation of children following this type of elective surgery and following complex trauma. Tracy works part time for More Rehab and part time as a clinical specialist within the NHS.

Louisa Wallbridge – Bsc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Physiotherapist Louisa qualified from the University of Leeds in 2010 after studying in York St John. Since then she has furthered her experience working in private practice and her Neurological Physiotherapy skills with More Rehab. Louisa also has a special interest in pilates work. She enjoys incorporating hands on work into her sessions and has experience with pain management work.

 

Vic Rathbone – BSc(Hons),  MHPC, MCSP

VR Profile PicVictoria qualified as a physiotherapist in 2010 and has experience with rehabilitation of adults and children with neurological and orthopaedic injuries. She delivers efficient goal led physiotherapy. She has worked within schools and is a keen member of client’s multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that therapy is delivered optimally. She utilises adjuncts to therapy including taping, electrical stimulation and robotics.  She has experience managing contractures and high tone. She is a qualified SMART Assessor (for people with disorders of consciousness), a rebound therapist and a Halliwick tutor.

 

Chris Rushworth- BSc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

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Chris has worked with us as a physiotherapy assistant before qualifying in 2014 as a physiotherapist. He has experience of rehabilitating clients with neurological and orthopaedic injuries. He is trained in assessments with WalkAide for foot drop stimulation and  also with exoskeleton walking and Saebo glove use. He enjoys utilising these adjuncts and exercise programmes alongside treatment to ensure optimal outcomes. Chris delivers aquatic therapy programme and enjoys utilising the properties of water to enable clients to achieve their goals.

 

 

 

Kerry Broadbent – BSc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

Kerry B profile PicKerry has extensive experience after qualifying in 2010. She has experience in rehabilitation of neurological and orthopaedic conditions. She has enjoyed working in out patient, in patient and school settings. She has experiences with a variety of treatment techniques including hydrotherapy,  and exercise programmes and utilises these to develop the best way of optimising each individual’s recovery. she has experience assessing for equipment including sleep systems and orthoses and works alongside the multidisciplinary team to provide a holistic approach. She enjoys incorporating hydrotherapy into client’s programmes. She has experience with managing clients with challenging behaviour and is a lead tutor in therapeutic management of violence and aggression. she has experience in the rehabilitation of amputees. She enjoys re-introducing patients to their pre-injury/condition activities where possible. She works with a patient-centred approach and provides an effective treatment package.

Helen Johnson – BSc(Hons), MHPC, MCSP

HJ PhotoHelen qualified in 2001 and has a variety of experience treating clients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions. She has experience managing clients with traumatic injuries including orthopaedic injuries, head injuries and spinal cord injuries. She has detailed knowledge of multiple injuries and applies this to her clinical skills in order to optimise recovery. She has experience managing respiratory conditions including ventilated clients. She is highly motivated to provide clients with her dedication to support their conditions and works with other professionals involved in order to support this.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists work with people who have physical, mental and / or social problems, either from birth or as a result of accident, illness or ageing. Their aim is to
enable people to achieve maximum independence, so they get the most out of life.

When people cannot achieve the tasks which are important to them – such as getting dressed, having a shower, going to work, socialising, driving or undertaking a favourite hobby, an occupational therapist can help them in many ways. Function, sensation, perception, vision, cognition, apraxia and tone will all be assessed as appropriate.

Our occupational therapists use standardised cognitive assessments during treatment to evaluate deficits and provide accurate treatment strategies.

Clare’s Revitt – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Claire Revitt, Senior Occupational Therapist at More Rehab, gained her Bsc (Hons) from the University of Derby in 2000. Clare spent her early years as a OT dividing her time between rehabilitation of the elderly, head injury patients and stroke patients.In 2002 Claire started her new role as a Senior OT in Stroke Rehabilitation.

In 2010 she went to work at the Northern General, Sheffield where she specialised in respiratory & general rehabilitation whilst continuing her work with stroke patients.

In May 2011 she returned to the Head Injury unit before starting her new post as a clinical specialist OT in Stroke Rehab. Clare is fantastic at giving advice on accommodation; leisure activities and helping patients do something as small as catch a bus again or even return to work.

When not slaving away at work Claire can be found, running around after her husband, two kids and giant dog. She just loves been outside in the garden or on a family ramble, been towed along by her dog.

Colette Beecher – Bsc (Hons), MHPC

Colette has been part of the Occupational Therapy team at Sheffield Hallam University since 2006 and she divides her time at the university and providing a specialist service for More Rehab. Colette has been working in Neuro and Physical Rehab for the last 19 years both in acute and community settings.

Her specialist interests include Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Cognitive Rehabilitation. At University she is involved in teaching modules which focus on neurological rehabilitation and neuro-anatomy. Colette is the module leader for the Msc level module, cognitive processing and disabiliy, and also module leader for the community rehabilitation module.

Colette’s is working towards and has indeed almost completed a Msc in Vocational Rehabilitation which compliments her current clinical workload, Colette’s dissertation explores the need and meaning of work for clients who have sustained a brain injury.

Cath Mills – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Cath Mills PictureI graduated from the University of Derby in 1995 with a First Class Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since qualifying I have worked within the NHS in a variety of clinical settings including hospital based wards (acute medical, orthopaedic rehab, elderly rehab and stroke unit), Intermediate Care / Fast Response and the Young Adult Transitional Team.

I have been in my present post for 8 years working with young adults aged between 16-25 years with a physical disability. The aim of my role is to support young adults work towards specific goals in various aspects of their everyday life with the underlying philosophy of enhancing their quality of life, functional skills and independence.

As an Occupational Therapist I recognise the importance of treating individuals in a truly holistic way, considering all aspects of their daily life, their roles and responsibilities and aspirations. I acknowledge the link between a person’s mental and physical presentation and the effect it may have on treatment outcomes.

Effective communication and team working is imperative within clinical intervention. It is essential that clients have the opportunity to make informed decisions in regards to therapeutic activity and is reflected in treatment programmes.

I use an adaptive, flexible approach to ensure treatment meets evolving needs and encourages continued engagement. I believe that all individuals regardless of disability or age should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their life to enhance physical, psychological, emotional and social well being.

I have knowledge and skills in assessing and treating individuals with medical conditions including;

Cerebral Palsy, Achondroplasia, Arthrogryposis, Muscular Dystrophy, Charcot Marie Tooth, acquired brain injury, neurological conditions including Friedreich’s’s Ataxia, CVA and Parkinsons Disease, Orthopaedic injury, Arthritis and COPD.

Laura Kramer – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Laura K profile picAbility to carry a clinical caseload including ability to assess, treat, monitor and plan complicated and complex, timely discharges with a diverse range of external agencies involved.  Take pleasure in working in a team, and appreciate importance and roles of other disciplines when working as an integrated member of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.  Empathetic, punctual and professional practitioner, with ability to verbally and non-verbally communicate sensitive information effectively to patients and carers. Ability to organise, delegate and prioritise, and manage a team when experiencing staff shortages, either seeking appropriate assistance, or managing independently taking skill mix into consideration. Ability to assess patient’s needs to identify and negotiate realistic and individualised goals with patients, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team. Skills to utilise evidence based treatment techniques to treat, monitor and develop patient’s treatment programmes. Competence with assessing for, prescribing, using and teaching other how to use specialist pieces of equipment. Able to organise, co-ordinate and lead complex multiprofessional visits and meetings and write complex reports. Skills with neurological splinting, casting techniques and oedema management for the tetraplegic upper limb (for tonal management, contractures and for preventative and maintenance purposes).  Competence to perform open suction for ventilated/tracheostomy patients, as well as problem solve basic alarm signals from two different ventilators (LTV and Elisée).

Ability to comply with, and ensure mandatory training is current, and up to date. Contribution to service development through various means (e.g. lead notes audit, assisted with conducting an informal research study into oedema management, assessing current ways of working, development of therapy contract, development of joint therapy notes). Ability to lead and co-ordinate clinical governance issues (e.g. compose risk assessments, develop safe systems of work documents, link worker for infection prevention and control accreditation) in clinical area. Ability and experience in delivery of training to members of the multidisciplinary team, as well as carers and external agencies. Experience supervising, developing and supporting other staff members (including students), as well as assessing competence level.  Trustworthy when dealing with confidential information, and able to comply with College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. Computer literate with the Internet and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

INTERESTS

Keen on fitness (jogging, cycling, snowboarding, and attending the gym) and taking part in fundraising running events e.g. fun runs. Particularly enjoyed travelling the world during my career break (December 2007-July 2008) learning about different cultures, ways of living, and religions, which allowed me to grow personally and professionally. Passionate about music and enjoy reading about musicians, going to concerts, and have previously attended African drumming classes. Enjoy using the computer to manage personal matters, keep in contact with friends through e-mail/skype and to shop/sell on-line.

Rachael Bennett – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Since qualifying as a Occupational Therapist over  the 15 years ago, I have worked in 3 major acute NHS centres. My day to day work involves working as part of a large multidisciplinary team. I regularly write professional notes and reports. I have solid skills in assessment, treatment planning and goal setting for a wide range of conditions in both children and adults. I am proficient in upper limb splinting  for neurological and orthopaedic conditions and lower limb fracture bracing. I have led audits and service developments.

In 2012 I was the winner of the Medipex Innovations award in the Medical Devices category with a product which is currently going through the design and production process with the ultimate aim of marketing it globally.

My practice is kept up to date by regular attendance at external courses and conferences. In most recent years I have attended courses in:

  • Mild Brain Injury- East Midlands Conference Centre
  • Brain injury in Adolescence- Hosted by JSP
  • PaediatricCancers-The Royal Marsden
  • PaediatricBrain Tumors- The Royal Marsden
  • Disorders of Consciousness- The Children’s TrustTadworth
  • Fatigue Masterclass- Collage of Occupational Therapy
  • Child Brain Injury Trust Conference 2014
  • FIM/FAM training-London
  • BayleysDevelopmental Assessment Training
  • PaediatricOncology OT AGM.

Lynn Palfreyman – Dip.COT, SROT, MHPC

I qualified from York in 1980, since when I have worked for the NHS predominately in and around Sheffield.

I have experience in many different aspects of Occupational Therapy, including plastics and burns, orthopaedics, hand injuries and major house adaptations.

For the last 15 years I have been a specialised community Occupational Therapist in Neurology covering all aspects of care, with a special interest in long term neurological conditions.

My ethos is to work towards the goals set by the client and family, maximising potential; liaising, and co-ordinating  with other members of the team.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, cycling, swimming as well as other water sports including scuba diving, sailing and kayaking. I look forward to foreign holidays in warm interesting places. I am an avid reader and have recently re-discovered knitting, mainly for the benefit of my young grandson.

Zarah Crawshaw – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Profile coming soon

Speech Therapists

Speech therapy is the rehabilitative treatment of physical and / or cognitive deficits
resulting in difficulty with verbal and receptive communication. This includes both speech and language aspects. Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, common treatments may range from physical strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice and drilling, to the use of audio-visual aids.

Speech therapists also provide services for individuals with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).

Rachel Widdows – MMediSci, RCSLT, MHPC

My interest in speech and language began as a result of studying modern languages at Durham University. As part of that course I spent a year aborad trying to communicate in different languages. I realised that people with communication difficulties must experience a similar sense of frustration when they are unable to express themselves. I therefore trained to become a Speech and Language Therapist and now work in a series of settings (NHS and private) helping both children and adults to reach their communicative potential.