Specialist Children’s Physiotherapist
Sally qualified as a physiotherapist in 2015, gaining a first-class BSc Hons degree at Keele University. Having previously spent over 20 years teaching and supporting vulnerable children and young people with additional needs Sally’s intention was always to specialise in Paediatrics.
Since qualifying Sally has worked in a Community Paediatrics team as part of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust. As part of her current role in the NHS, Sally is responsible for a mixed caseload including children with PMLD and complex needs. She works closely with families and other professionals within a variety of settings including clinics, special/mainstream schools and in families’ homes. She has valuable clinical experience in the assessment and management of a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal paediatric conditions, always using evidence-based practice to underpin her treatments.
Sally works passionately to motivate children of all ages, using tailored personal or functional goal-led programmes of intervention to help achieve realistic, meaningful outcomes. Sally uses 24hr postural management programs to help families and carers maintain a child’s posture and function and reduce the risk of future discomfort or deformity. This includes equipment provision and educating families and carers on effective positioning.
Sally’s current practices includes using Progressive Strength Training for children with Cerebral Palsy, using Bobath principles to manage tone influencing patterns, post-SDR rehabilitation, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy to assist with the functional use of the upper limb in children with hemiplegia and hydrotherapy. Sally has also undertaken an ACPC Paediatrics MSK course and sits on a special interest neuro-disability group; She has attended North-West Paediatrics Spasticity Professionals day at Alder Hey Hospital and is due to undertake further Bobath Training.
Sally loves the outdoors and being active, and she is a dedicated children’s physiotherapist who strives to provide an environment where both the child and their family feel empowered and motivated to engage in their therapy.