Heather Director and Consultant Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
“I set up this company in 2003 to provide a high quality neuropaediatric physiotherapy service in the Surrey area. We have since expanded to cover the South of England, London, the Home Counties and even further afield. I have personally selected my team so that we can provide the highest quality neuropaediatric physiotherapy service outside the NHS to babies, children, teenagers, their families and everyone involved in their lives. As our strapline says we provide “more than just therapy.”
Heather has 22 years’ experience working in the field and has a special interest in cerebral palsy, complex needs, catastrophic injury, acquired brain injury and also aquatic physiotherapy. Heather consults and teaches physiotherapists, carers and educational staff throughout the UK and is an expert in her field. She has worked in the 4 largest tertiary centres in the UK (Great Ormond Street Children’s, Alder Hey Children’s, Birmingham Children’s and the Middlesex Adolescent Unit Hospital’s), Tadworth Children’s Trust and within schools and the community. Heather is an Accredited Paediatric NeuroBobath and Aquatic Trained Physiotherapist. She gained her PhD in hydrotherapy and her MSc in exercise physiology and fitness testing in cerebral palsy. She has prepared quantum and tribunal reports and advised in numerous cases on the past, present and future physiotherapy and related equipment needs of children with complex needs and neurological dysfunction. Heather has undertaken a number of paediatric research studies, writes and reviews for professional, educational and medical journals, and lectures throughout the UK. She is currently involved in a neuromuscular multi centered trial with Great Ormond Street and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Heather treats most childhood disorders having extensive experience in both acute and community settings and working with children with a range of conditions over the years. She works alongside her team and is proactive in ensuring they deliver a high quality service to the families that choose Children’s Neuro Physio.
Heather also has access to hydrotherapy pools in parts of Surrey and Guildford
Lucy Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Lucy is a highly specialised neuro Bobath trained paediatric physiotherapist. She has worked in the field for 8 years and still continues to work at a special needs school and in the community in addition to her work for Children’s Neuro Physio. Lucy uses a combination of many different approaches such as Conductive Education, Sensory Integration, Bobath, strengthening, rebound and hydrotherapy.
She has extensive experience working with children with neuromuscular disorders and cerebral palsy GMFCS I through to V and has treated children that have undergone SDR in America. She also prepares reports for children’s statements of special educational need and has attended tribunal as an expert witness. Lucy has additional experience working with children with complex needs and acquired brain injury in addition to her work with babies and children with cerebral palsy, developmental delay and neurological conditions. She says “I pride myself on having a holistic view of the children I work with and how their condition affects their lives and those of their family.”
Rachel G Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Rachel has 7 years’ experience of working with children. She has worked in both the NHS and private sector as a paediatric physiotherapist, in hospitals and the community. Rachel also has experience working within special schools including those for children with neuromuscular and neurological disorders. Rachel has treated children following SDR, orthopaedic surgery and with complex neurological disorders. She consults and teaches parents, carers, support and educational staff.
She provides packages of physiotherapy care and advises in cases on the past, present and future physiotherapy and when required related equipment and orthotics needs of children with neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction. She also provides individual treatments and personalised physiotherapy programmes at the child’s home, nursery, school or college. Rachel regularly works alongside other professionals and is used to joint working to reduce the time impact of therapies on the child and families lives. Rachel uses a combination of different approaches including conductive education, Bobath, neurodevelopmental, hydrotherapy and postural management. Rachel has access to a hydrotherapy pool in Kent.
Janet Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Janet brings more than 20 years’ of experience of working with children with neurological dysfunction with over 15 years as an Advanced Practitioner. She is advanced Bobath and Aquatic therapy trained. Her paediatric experience has been specialist and diverse, enabling her to bring significant breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to her role.
Janet has highly specialised clinical skills in the assessment, intervention and management of a wide range of paediatric neurological conditions including children with highly complex needs (cerebral palsy GMFCS I – V, acquired brain injury, muscular dystrophy, spinal injury and those who are terminally ill).
Janet says: “I love to work with children and my reason for joining CNPhys (Children’s Neuro Physio) was to be able to spend more time handling and treating children with Cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and less time doing paperwork, as was increasingly the case in my work for the NHS”.
Natalie Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Natalie brings more than 12 years’ of experience of working with children with neurological dysfunction with over 6 years as an Advanced Practitioner.
Natalie has highly specialised clinical skills in the assessment, intervention and management of a wide range of paediatric neurological conditions including children with highly complex needs (cerebral palsy GMFCS I – V, acquired brain injury, muscular dystrophy, spinal injury and those who are terminally ill). Natalie has experience working across a number of sites (special and mainstream schools, nurseries, CDC’s, hospitals, school and home pools and the child’s home), she is used to joint working with the child, family and team and has a particular interest in casting and splinting. Natalie works with a team of equally experienced neuropaediatric physiotherapists, in addition to working alongside Occupational and Speech and Language Therapists.
Natalie says “I am a self motivated, hard working physiotherapist. Clinically I enjoy seeing and treating children with long term conditions using traditional hands on physiotherapy techniques. I pride myself in being able to forge and maintain effective working relationships with children, families and MDT members.”
Gillian Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Gill brings a wealth of experience to CNPhys and the families and external agencies she works alongside having spent more than 30 years’ as an Advanced Paediatric Practitioner specialising in the provision of physiotherapy treatment and care for children with neurological dysfunction. Gill has highly specialised clinical skills in the assessment, intervention and management of a wide range of paediatric neurological conditions including children with highly complex needs (cerebral palsy GMFCS I – V, and acquired brain injury. Gill has experience working across a number of sites (special and mainstream schools, nurseries, CDC’s, hospitals, pools, rebound and sports centres and the child’s home), and was the lead physiotherapist for two special schools in Worcester, she is an accredited Paediatric Bobath Trained Physiotherapist. Gill has also been a Postural Care Pathway registered user since 2002 and works alongside her Occupational therapy colleagues to present postural care training programmes to parents. She regularly works with case managers, the multi-disciplinary team, support workers and external agencies supporting the child and their family.
Popi Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Popi brings more than 15 years’ of experience of working with children with neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction with many years as an Advanced Paediatric Neuro Practitioner. Her paediatric experience has been specialist and diverse, enabling her to bring significant breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to her role.
Popi is advanced Bobath trained and has specialist experience in working with children with a variety of neurological conditions (GMFCS I-V) and their families in a variety of settings, including CDC, special and mainstream schools and a children’s hospice. She has been the lead physiotherapist in three special schools and is used to working as part of a multidisciplinary team as well as supporting children in their home environment. Popi describes herself as highly proficient with serial casting and the use of outcome measures such as the GMFM and GAS, and is very experienced in training staff and carers on postural management and therapeutic and facilitated handling.
Popi has worked at tertiary centres such as Great Ormond Street Hospital and for the cerebral palsy alliance in Sydney, Australia as well as her work in schools, the community and the Mary Sheridan Centre.
In addition to working for Children’s Neuro Physio, Popi also works on a voluntary basis providing assessment and advice to parents of infants and young children who were either normally developing or had soft neurological signs and/ or joint hypermobility, about ways to encourage development of gross motor skills and improve core stability.
Popi says ‘I am a highly motivated and experienced paediatric physiotherapist. I have extensive experience of working with children with complex neurological conditions. I am highly committed to providing physiotherapy that is both evidence-based and that considers the needs of the whole child, their environment, and family.’
Rachel J Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Rachel has highly specialised clinical skills in the assessment, intervention and management of a wide range of paediatric neurological conditions including children with highly complex needs (cerebral palsy GMFCS I – V, acquired brain injury, spinal injury and various neurological syndromes
Rachel works part-time for Children’s Neuro Physio (CNPhys) and part time caring for her own young children; she is empathetic and understands the constraints of busy family life. Rachel is committed to the ethos of CNPhys “to provide a high quality specialised physiotherapy service to children, young people and their families or carers at the point of need in a timely manner and within an environment appropriate for their age, safety and welfare.”
Rachel brings more than 10 years’ of experience including 7 years in tertiary respiratory care, with a keen interest in complex needs and, in the last few years, paediatric neurological long term care before joining CNPhys. Her experience has been specialist and diverse, enabling her to bring significant breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to her role. She currently takes the physiotherapy lead in a London based special school and a Surrey based FE College.
Ash Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Ash brings more than 6 years’ of experience of working with children with neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Ash has worked in a variety of positions including as a voluntary Paediatric Physiotherapist for Mercy Ships, Benin- West Africa, as the physiotherapy lead for children following neurosurgical procedures in St Georges Hospital, treating and supporting the child and their family through the whole care pathway from PICU through to discharge and then in the outpatient setting, as part of the community and schools teams managing a mixed caseload of children with both learning disabilities and complex physical disabilities in the school and home setting. Her role has ranged from encouraging children in early years to gain motor milestones to supporting older children with orthopaedic and neurological conditions, and as a physiotherapy student Ash worked with disadvantaged children in a Community Based Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal, whereby she had to work under her own initiative and was responsible for the treatment plans for children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and in a children’s burns unit in Bolivia.
Ash says ‘I am passionate about being part of a team and working with families. I especially enjoy sharing and developing ideas about innovative solutions in challenging situations. All the experiences I have gained throughout my career, and my time in developing countries, have come together to create an overwhelming desire in me to continue to share these skills in new situations.’
Insa Highly Specialised Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist
Insa brings a wealth of acute and community experience and knowledge to CNPhys, with over 10 years as a specialist paediatric physiotherapist. She has completed the 8 week foundation and advanced Bobath Courses, and studies on OBPP. Insa has highly specialised clinical skills in the assessment, intervention and management of a wide range of paediatric neurological conditions including children with highly complex needs (cerebral palsy GMFCS I – V, acquired brain injury, spinal injury and OBPP). She has worked as part of a team providing physiotherapy to children after SDR and other orthopaedic interventions and has worked in special schools for several years with a good understanding of postural management across the age groups and integrating programmes, equipment and orthotics into school settings both mainstream and special schools,
Insa says “I pride myself on being able to establish a good working relationship with children, families and other colleagues whilst offering a professional and honest service.”
Other very important members of our team
Mark – Practice Manager and Finance Manager. It is most likely that when you phone or email us, it will be Mark you are speaking to.
Natalie – Administration and Invoicing
Suellen – Graphic Designer