Meet the team

At London Bridge Hospital we have a committed team of highly experienced Chartered and HPC Registered Physiotherapists. Our Physios have a wide range of specialised skills which enable us to provide excellent treatment. Whether a problem is post-surgical, work-related, or a sporting injury we are experienced in treating all types of conditions.

Lead Physiotherapists

Anna Williamson

Anna
Williamson

Anna Williamson

Anna Williamson

Leads

Anna is the Acting Head of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Anna graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2001.

Anna began her career working in the NHS and specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2005.

She moved to London in 2006 and has worked at the London Bridge Hospital since January 2012. Anna has been managing the outpatient physiotherapy service since 2014 and is now leading the whole physiotherapy and occupational therapy department. As a physiotherapist by background, she understands the need for high quality patient care and customer service. In her spare time, Anna enjoys socialising, gym sessions, and singing. She has travelled extensively around South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South / Central America.

Katy Warrington

Katy
Warrington

Katy Warrington

Katy Warrington

Leads

Katy is the Inpatient Clinical Lead

Katy studied at Kings College London and qualified with BSc in Physiotherapy in 2007. She started work within the private hospital group Spire in Kent and then in Southampton to gain broader experience in orthopaedics, thoracic and cardiac surgery.

In 2010, Katy moved back to London to join London Birgde Hospital initially as a more rotational post. However, a growing interest in Orthopaedics supported a static position within the orthopaedic team. This particular interest has driven Katy to organise an upper limb muli disciplinary meeting that has been running successfully for over 18months with the support of senior upper limb consultants. In May 2013 Katy took on the role of inpatient clinical lead.

In Katy’s spare time she competes in the national outdoor hockey league for Sevenoaks, Kent which takes up the majority of her weekends and evenings for training. But also enjoys baking, all competitive sports and sun filled holidays.

Ann-Marie O’Reilly

Ann-Marie
O'Reilly

Ann-Marie O’Reilly

Ann-Marie O’Reilly

Leads

Ann-Marie is currently Lead Orthopaedic Physiotherapist. 

Ann-Marie graduated from Colchester institute after studying on the part time physiotherapy course. During this time Ann-Marie continued to work as a physiotherapy assistant and worked mostly within orthopaedics and hydrotherapy. Ann-Marie started her career as a junior physiotherapist at West Hertfordshire Trust, completing all rotations including respiratory, amputee rehab, elderly care and orthopaedics. Ann-Marie then went on to specialise in orthopaedics and trauma and worked in the NHS for a further 3 years. Ann-Marie then moved and started her career at London Bridge Hospital specialising in orthopaedics.

Since starting at London Bridge Hospital Ann-Marie has developed structure for the development of the training programme within the inpatient team and is keen to develop the service within orthopaedics. Ann-Marie has a special interest in trauma and elective orthopaedics and is hoping to progress her career by completing a master’s degree in the near future.

In her spare time Ann-Marie enjoys socialising, going to the gym and cycling. Ann-Marie is a keen snowboarder and enjoys mountain biking when not at work.

Emily Drakes

Emily
Drakes

Emily Drakes

Emily Drakes

Leads

Emily is a Acting Outpatient Clinical Lead Physiotherapist and also senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a strong background in rehabilitation and particular expertise in running and football injuries. 

Having qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2008 Emily joined the team at the major trauma centre for the Royal London Hospital. She completed rotations in neurosurgery, trauma, orthopaedic surgery and hydrotherapy before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. 

She became a senior physiotherapist within the trust, developing the enhanced recovery programme for total hip and knee replacements. After 4 years in the NHS she moved into private practice on Harley Street where she continued to develop new skills in Pilates and running assessments. Emily also began her work with Nike at this time, supporting their running clubs and speaking on running injuries at a number of specialist Nike events.

Alongside her NHS and private work Emily combined a long-standing love of football with her career in 2012 and begun work with Chelsea FC’s academy. She has also managed to find time to enhance her skill-set further by studying a master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning which has enabled Emily to better treat patient injuries by applying the optimum training mechanisms.

Emily enjoys running in her spare time which she has now combined with her passion for travel, having completed 5 marathons (her favourite being the Disneyland marathon) and spending time with her family and beloved dog Alfie!

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Anna McAvoy

Anna
McAvoy

Anna McAvoy

Anna McAvoy

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Anna graduated from Manchester University with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1996 and spent two years in the North West, working within a range of medical settings. She then went travelling for a year, and was lucky enough to squeeze in some time working in a top private orthopaedic hospital in Sydney. On returning to the UK she was unable to resist the pull of London where she worked in the NHS specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for the next 8 years.

She has worked in a number of settings including Hydrotherapy, GP practices, and A&E, where she worked directly with the A&E Consultants in the joint minor injuries clinic. Looking for new challenges in 2007, Anna joined London Bridge Hospital as a Senior Physiotherapist. In 2012 Anna was promoted and became the Deputy Manager of the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Department.

Anna is a key member of the outpatient team, treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular interest in work-related disorders and post op shoulder surgery rehabilitation. She also has an interest in myofascial release and practices acupuncture.

She lives in South West London, and spends her free time with her young son and enjoying cycling, playing and running. Anna is also a qualified yoga teacher.

Emma Brockwell

Emma
Brockwell

Emma Brockwell

Emma Brockwell

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Emma graduated from St. George’s Medical School in 2005 with a degree in physiotherapy, having previously gained a degree in biology. In 2005 she began her career at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge gaining a broad range of experience within musculoskeletal, neurology and orthopaedic physiotherapy to name a few. In 2007 she moved back to London and continued to work for the NHS refining her interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

In 2010 she started working as a musuloskeletal physiotherapist at London Bridge Hospital. Since having her first child Emma has developed her interest in the field of Women’s Health and over the years has gone on to specialise in this area.

She enjoys treating urogynaecological conditions such as prolapse, urinary urgency, incontinence and pelvic floor problems including vulval pain and sexual discomfort. She treats women suffering with back, pelvic and coccyx pain during pregnancy. Emma is particularly passionate about helping women return to optimal recovery postpartum (post baby). She is keen that all women are seen by a women’s health physiotherapist postpartum to optimise rehabilitation and obtain a safe effective return to exercise. Emma has completed many post graduate Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) women’s health courses, Maeve Whelan’s manual therapy for the pelvic floor course and is also a recognised Mummy MOT practitioner.

Emma is a member of the professional network Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy as well as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Emma loves spending time with her young family and running. She has set up and leads a local running club specifically designed for women and leads courses aimed at getting postpartum mums back to running safely and successfully.

Kelly Delawa

Kelly
Delawa

Kelly Delawa

Kelly Delawa

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Kelly initially undertook a sports science degree which she obtained in 2000 and then moved back to London to study physiotherapy at St George's medical school. Kelly graduated in 2003 and started her career working in the NHS. She has worked in a number of hospital and GP setting in London and Surrey.  Alongside her NHS work Kelly has worked with mens rugby teams. In 2012 Kelly started at London Bridge Hospital following a year out spent travelling across the Far East, Australasia and North America.

Throughout Kelly's career she has a keen interest in lower limb injuries and rehabilitation. This started at an undergraduate level where she provided sports science support to a professional clubs youth football team and undertook her dissertation reviewing the effect of medial collateral ligament taping on motor performance.

Over the years Kelly has undertaken a number of postgraduate courses including Pilates. This academic year Kelly will return to university to begin a Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

In her spare time Kelly pursues her interest in sports psychology, runs regularly and enjoys practising yoga and Pilates.

Lena Redfern

Lena
Redfern

Lena Redfern

Lena Redfern

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Lena graduated Physiotherapy from Kings College London in 2004.  Lena started her career working in the NHS in North East London gaining valuable experience in areas including Paediatrics, neurological rehabilitation and women's health, whilst also working and playing for the Brixton Topcats Basketball team.

In 2008 Lena moved to New Zealand and worked for two private physiotherapy clinics in Auckland. She also worked with both Rugby Union and League teams competing at a National level, enjoying the close relationship you get working with the team and gained an interest in trauma and lower limb injuries. Lena returned to England in 2011 and moved to London to work at London Bridge Hospital. Lena enjoys treating all musculoskeletal injuries from small sprains to major surgical rehabilitation getting people back to enjoying their activities. As a keen basketball player Lena has an interest in helping sports practicing professionals with musculoskeletal problems in order to optimise their performance. She has completed many Post Graduate courses in Manual Therapy, acupuncture and dry-needling, Manipulation and Phototherapy.

In her spare time Lena enjoys socialising, surfing, travelling and still plays basketball for a London team.

Katy Holden

Katy
Holden

Katy Holden

Katy Holden

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Katy after leaving school travelled and worked extensively across Australasia and America for two years. On her return to England she began studying physiotherapy at Kings College London she also worked as a physiotherapy assistant. Katy graduated in 2007 and has gained the majority of her physiotherapy experience at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT). Whilst working at GSTT Katy treated patients with sporting injuries, post operative patients and also patients with complex poly trauma.

Katy has also worked with Crystal Palace Football club and also with amateur level Rugby clubs and this has given her a keen interest in working with athletes of all levels. She has particular experience in working with patients sporting injuries particularly cruciate injuries and repairs as well as advanced shoulder rehabilitation. Katy enthusiasm for patient treatment and management has lead her to gain post graduate qualifications in neuromuscular assessment, acupuncture and Pilates.

Katy is also a keen cyclist and runner and has completed the London Marathon.  In June this year she will complete the Styrkeprøven endurance cycle challenge in Norway cycling 540km within 36 hours.

Lisa Few

Lisa
Few

Lisa Few

Lisa Few

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Lisa is a Senior Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapist at London Bridge Hospital. Lisa graduated from St. George’s Medical School in 2005 with a degree in Physiotherapy. Lisa started her career in the NHS at Epsom General Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital. Since graduating Lisa has always had a special interest in Women’s Health physiotherapy, helping to set up and develop services at the NHS trusts where she has worked. In 2011 she completed a masters-level Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Physiotherapy. Lisa is a member of the professional network Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy as well as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Jo Moody

Jo
Moody

Jo Moody

Jo Moody

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Jo completed a degree in sports studies in 2004, which fuelled a keen interest in rehabilitation. She went on to study Physiotherapy at Southampton University and graduated in 2008. She began her career in the NHS at West Suffolk Hospital Foundation Trust, where she developed a passion for muskuloskeletal physiotherapy.

Alongside her NHS experience, Jo has worked at a private clinic, assessing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and pain with a focus on sport injuries. Beyond this area of focus, Jo enjoys treating a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions using education, exercise and manual therapy. In addition, Jo has gained a post-graduate qualification in acupuncture, which she utilises as an adjunct to treatment and pain management.

Outside of work, Jo is an avid sportswoman and particularly enjoys attending spinning classes, which she balances with a passion for yoga and Pilates.

Helene Bellas

Helene
Bellas

Helene Bellas

Helene Bellas

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Helene graduated with BSc (Physiotherapy) Honours degree from the University Of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002. She worked in both public and private sectors in South Africa gaining a wide range of experience before deciding to move to the UK to travel and work. During this time she worked across the UK doing Locum positions.

She has completed her masters from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2012 (Cardio-respiratory physiotherapy) In 2005 Helene decided to specialise in the area of respiratory physiortherapy and worked at Barts and The London undertaking specialist respiratory rotations for 3 years.

She then moved to King's College Hospital as a senior therapist working in pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory outpatient clinics which included general chest clinic, bronchiectasis clinic, cough clinic and hyperventilation syndrome/ breathing pattern disorder clinic. In 2012 Helene moved to a community respiratory service (Sutton and Merton as part of The Royal Marsden) visiting people in their homes, seeing patients in clinic setting and running pulmonary rehabilitation classes.

From 2016 she moved to working at University College Hospital working in respiratory outpatients and severe asthma service. Helene has also recently undertaken training from the Buteyko Breathing Association and is in the process of completing her qualification for this. From 2013 Helene has been working in both private and NHS settings. Away from work you fill find Helene mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, cycling and anything to do with the outdoors.

Chris Eggleton

Chris
Eggleton

Chris Eggleton

Chris Eggleton

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Chris studied Physiotherapy at St George’s Hospital Medical School, graduating in 2007. He then worked in the NHS at Guy’s & St Thomas’ for 6 years where he specialised in musculoskeletal problems. He worked extensively with back pain, hydrotherapy, trauma and elective orthopaedic, and traumatic knee injuries including ACL-rehabilitation. More recently he worked in a specialist clinical assessment and triage service in Greenwich, linking with podiatry, orthopaedic and rheumatology services, steroid injection clinics, imaging department, and providing shockwave therapy. He is also acupuncture-trained and has completed a number of Masters modules. 

When Chris is not being a physio he is busy renovating his house, cooking or triathlon training. In 2015 he proudly represented Great Britain in the European Championships, coming in the top 20.

Aisling O’Malley

Aisling
O'Malley

Aisling O’Malley

Aisling O’Malley

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Aisling is the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in the outpatient department at the Shard. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She completed an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at King’s College London in 2013, which gained her entry to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). She is also a qualified DMA Clinical Pilates instructor with experience in both mat and equipment-based exercise.

She has worked in Singapore and London with a wide range of clients including: athletes, servicemen, performing artists, people with work-related injuries, chronic pain and post-operative patients.

She has worked specifically with the Urdang Academy and the English National Ballet School. Aisling’s special areas of interest are lower limb injuries, spinal pain, pregnancy, women's health and chronic and complex problems. She enjoys working with endurance athletes, triathletes, climbers and those who are competing in multiple sports. She aims to work as part of a team with her clients, considering their individual characteristics to enable and empower them to achieve specific and meaningful goals. She uses a combination of treatments to help achieve this, including hands-on therapies, acupuncture, exercise, self-management and education. In her free time Aisling enjoys keeping active. She plays tag rugby, goes running and practices Pilates and Yoga. She also enjoys eating out and travelling.

Harry Vickers

Harry
Vickers

Harry Vickers

Harry Vickers

Outpatient Physiotherapists

I graduated from Coventry University in 2010 and immediately went into the private sector, treating musculoskeletal disorders. I quickly specialized in this area and moved to London to work in the health and fitness industry. During this time I developed a keen interest in exercise based rehabilitation and racquet sports related injuries. In 2015 I was a physiotherapist at the European Games in Baku, providing medical support for a wide range of sports.

I have also worked at the London marathon on several occasions, as biomechanics and running related injuries are another area of interest for me. Recently, I have had experience of working as a locum physiotherapist within the NHS and privately across a number of different departments. In my spare time I particularly like running, swimming and tennis to keep fit. I love to travel and have recently returned from a trip trekking in Nepal and Southeast Asia.

Abhi Tikkisetty

Abhi
Tikkisetty

Abhi Tikkisetty

Abhi Tikkisetty

Outpatient Physiotherapists

Abhi is a senior physiotherapist in the outpatient department at The Shard. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Post Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine from The University of Otago in New Zealand. Abhi has worked extensively in New Zealand and Australia with a strong background in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

He has predominantly practised at sports medicine clinics and hospital orthopaedic departments focusing on pain management. As a passionate rugby follower he has also worked with clubs and provincial teams in NZ. Abhi’s area of interest are spinal conditions especially disc related injuries. He has completed various courses in manual therapy and McKenzie treatment. Abhi has also completed advanced training in dry needling, manipulations, massage and exercise rehabilitation. During his free time he likes to travel with his wife and explore new cities and countries.

Alexander Flood

Alexander
Flood

Alexander Flood

Alexander Flood

Outpatient Physiotherapists

 

 

Alex is a senior Physiotherapist in the outpatient department. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2010 and commenced working in the musculoskeletal field immediately. Alex’s private clinic included complex chronic conditions, vehicle and work related injuries, as well as working as head physiotherapist for local netball and Australian Rules football clubs.
Since moving to the UK, Alex has worked in a number of large London NHS hospital outpatient departments such as Chelsea and Westminster, and Charing Cross Hospital. He has also taken some more remote contracts on the Isle of Man, and on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Alex is passionate about patient centred management and understanding as much as possible about an individual’s specific problem and how it impacts their life. He has a special interest in assessing and retraining movement patterns and their role in recurrent injuries. He has gained further training in this area, as well as in dry needling and whiplash management amongst others.
When Alex is not at work he enjoys snowboarding, climbing, traveling and any other sports he can get his hands on.
Alex is a senior Physiotherapist in the outpatient department. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2010 and commenced working in the musculoskeletal field immediately. Alex’s private clinic included complex chronic conditions, vehicle and work related injuries, as well as working as head physiotherapist for local netball and Australian Rules football clubs.
Since moving to the UK, Alex has worked in a number of large London NHS hospital outpatient departments such as Chelsea and Westminster, and Charing Cross Hospital. He has also taken some more remote contracts on the Isle of Man, and on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Alex is passionate about patient centred management and understanding as much as possible about an individual’s specific problem and how it impacts their life. He has a special interest in assessing and retraining movement patterns and their role in recurrent injuries. He has gained further training in this area, as well as in dry needling and whiplash management amongst others.
When Alex is not at work he enjoys snowboarding, climbing, traveling and any other sports he can get his hands on.

 

 

Hand Therapists

David Baker

David
Baker

David Baker

David Baker

Hand Therapists

David graduated from Oxford Brookes University as an Occupational Therapist in 2003, and since 2004 has been specialising in the field of hand therapy. He has gained valuable experience working in both the public and private sectors. In 2010 David was honoured a studentship, granted by the national institute for health research, to undertake a masters of research in clinical practice degree. He graduated with merit in 2011.

David has a wealth of experience treating various hand conditions and injuries affecting tendons, nerves, bones ligaments and other soft tissues. He is particularly interested in the treatment of acute trauma injuries following accidents and sporting injuries, but also enjoys the management of individuals experiencing work related upper limb disorders (WRULD), commonly known as RSI. He is proficient at fabricating bespoke splints using thermoplastics and neoprene.

In 2012 David volunteered his hand therapy expertise on a mission to Sierra Leone, Africa, which he enjoyed immensely. This was in conjunction with the British Society for Surgery of the Hand and ReSurge Africa where he joined a team of surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and therapists to offer treatment to local communities. In his spare time he enjoys photography and travelling the globe.

Victoria Rainey

Victoria
Rainey

Victoria Rainey

Victoria Rainey

Hand Therapists

Victoria graduated from Brunel University in 2005 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy.  She went on to work in a number of NHS trusts in London while completing her core junior rotations, including trauma and orthopaedics, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological rehabilitation and hand therapy.  Victoria has been working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2008, and hand therapy since 2013.

Alongside her hospital-based work, Victoria has worked with a number of sports teams, including QPR Ladies Football, Blackheath Rugby and Surrey Storm Superleague Netball.  She has also had the opportunity of working with the England U17 and U19 netball squads, and was a physiotherapy volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, covering judo and wrestling.  Victoria is trained in acupuncture and Pilates and has completed a range of other post-graduate training courses.  Victoria has a special interest in the upper limb.

Victoria is a keen netball player and umpire, and is also developing an interest in running.  She enjoys working with clients to enable them to return to their chosen activities as soon as possible.

Ouien Ygot

Ouien
Ygot

Ouien Ygot

Ouien Ygot

Hand Therapists

Ouien completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1998 at Velez College, Cebu City, Philippines.  Whilst at University, she attended a workshop by splinting guru and author Paul Van Lede, which sparked her early interest in custom splints.

After University, she became a lecturer in Occupational Therapy and splinting for 5 years.  Ouien then moved to London in 2004 and completed her junior rotations at Barnet Hospital.  Since 2005, she has specialised in Hand Therapy working in various units in England, including St.  Andrew’s Centre - Chelmsford, The Royal Free Hospital and currently at The Royal London Hospital along-side running a satellite Hand Therapy Clinic at Newham University Hospital.  In 2014, she began working part-time at London Bridge Hospital and has a flare for fabricating custom-made splints and a special interest in treating complex hand trauma.  Ouien is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) and is currently working on becoming an accredited hand therapist after successfully completing BAHT Levels 1 & 2 Exams.

Ouien’s other passion in life is music.  She plays the guitar, piano and drums and is the singing half of an acoustic duo.

Juliette Bray

Juliette
Bray

Juliette Bray

Juliette Bray

Hand Therapists

Juliette qualified in 2006 having gained her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from King’s College London. On graduation she began her career in Paris, France and returned to the UK in 2008.

Juliette developed her interest and enthusiasm for hand therapy early on in her career and has been a specialist in this field since 2009.  She has gained a keen interest in trauma, sporting injuries, paediatric hand injuries and work-related problems, and in rehabilitating hand and wrist injuries from the acute phase all the way through to resuming specific activities. Juliette joined a volunteer team in 2012 to Sierra Leone as part of a project to establish reconstructive surgery and burns services. Juliette currently works at The Royal Free Hospital as a senior physiotherapist in the hand therapy and plastic surgery department. She regularly organises and lectures on Post Graduate training courses, and is currently working towards her British Association of Hand Therapy accreditation. Juliette is also a qualified Pilates instructor.

Juliette enjoys all food related activities – be it cooking new recipes (with varying results!) or trying out new restaurants.

James Williams

James
Williams

James Williams

James Williams

Hand Therapists

James qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 and began his career in the NHS at Mount Vernon Hospital, gaining valuable experience in the specialist areas of orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, burns and plastic surgery.

After working at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton, and The London Hand and Wrist Unit, in 2008 James moved to The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to work within one of the main trauma, plastic surgery and hand therapy units in London. During his 5 years at The Royal Free Hospital he has gained extensive experience in the treatment of trauma injuries and surgery to the hand, and developed specialist interests in Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and work related upper limb disorders. James has been practising acupuncture since 2005 and has attended many postgraduate courses run by the British Association of Hand Therapists to develop his expertise further.

Having played football to a semi-professional level, and more recently turned his attentions to weight training, running and cycling, James also has a keen interest in all sporting injuries of the hand and wrist.

Inpatient Physiotherapists

Jenny Earl

Jenny
Earl

Jenny Earl

Jenny Earl

Inpatient Physiotherapists

Jenny graduated from the University of Teesside in 1998 with 2:1 Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Jenny started her career in the NHS in the Midlands gaining valuable experience in orthopaedics, respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal Physiotherapy before joining the private sector in 2003.

Jenny joined London Bridge Hospital in 2008 after managing HCA's Back Care Unit for the previous 5 years. With a keen interest in Orthopaedics Jenny developed the inpatient service forging close links with specialist nurses, consultants and fellow therapists and in 2011 Jenny was promoted to physiotherapy Inpatient Clinical Lead. In 2013 Jenny had a baby and has now chosen to return to work at London Bridge part time.

In Jennys free time she enjoys long walks, going to the park and playing 'peek a boo' with her baby. An interesting fact you didn't know about Jenny is that she still holds the high jump record that she set while at secondary school in 1993!

Nihar Shah

Nihar
Shah

Nihar Shah

Nihar Shah

Inpatient Physiotherapists

Nihar graduated from Kings College London in 2005 with a degree in Physiotherapy. Following a spell of travelling he began his career in 2006 at Margate Hospital in Kent. After gaining valuable experience in all areas of physiotherapy he moved to Medway Hospital to specialise in Cardio-respiratory physiotherapy.

After 2 years at Medway Hospital he missed London and his home too much, he therefore moved  back to London and undertook  a Surgical-Respiratory Team Leader role at Barnet Hospital. As the team lead he implementing the new NICE guidelines for critical ill patients.  Following 3 years at Barnet hospital and a career break for travelling Nihar joined the physiotherapy department at London Bridge Hospital and continues to specialise in cardio-respiratory care. He continues to pursue his interest in early rehabilitations of patients on intensive care unit, ventilator and tracheotomy weaning.

Aside from work Nihar is a keen traveller and enjoys discovering new places. He recently got married and is settling down in his new home.

Diane Grahame

Diane
Graheme

Diane Grahame

Diane Grahame

Inpatient Physiotherapists

Diane is a Senior Physiotherapist

Diane graduated from the University of Brighton with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. Diane worked in the NHS in a variety of hospitals eventually specialising in Cardio Respiratory care and Intensive Care.

Diane has worked at London Bridge Hospital since 2006, specialising in Cardiothoracic and general surgery and Critical Care. She is on the steering group implementing the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme; London Bridge Hospital is the first of HCA hospitals to implement this programme which will improve the patient’s care and journey through the hospital, initially on the Colorectal surgery ward then rolling out through the hospital.

Before becoming a physiotherapist, Diane worked as a snowboarding instructor, and as an assistant on a sailing boat. In her spare time, she enjoys archaeology, history and has undertaken several professional wine tasting courses. One this no one knows about Diane is that she has also taken several off road driving courses, including driving a tank around Salisbury plain.

René Maree

René
Maree

René Maree

René Maree

Inpatient Physiotherapists

René graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2001 with a four year Bachelor Degree of Physiotherapy. She gained a wide range of experience in both the NHS and private physiotherapy settings. She developed a special interest in respiratory physiotherapy and completed the Care of the Respiratory Patient post-graduate module at the University of Surrey in 2009.

René worked from 2005 at a private hospital in London where she particularly enjoyed treating clients who had cardiothoracic surgery. From 2009 she worked in the NHS sector at a senior level in the treatment of clients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions both on the respiratory ward, intensive treatment unit and respiratory outpatients. She also gained further experience here at a specialist centre for cancer and head and neck surgery. Rene recently joined the physiotherapy team at London Bridge Hospital in September 2014.

In her spare time René enjoys playing tennis.

Anu Abdul Salim

Anu
Abdul Salim

Anu Abdul Salim

Anu Abdul Salim

Inpatient Physiotherapists

Physiotherapy Assistants

Kate Hall

Kate
Hall

Kate Hall

Kate Hall

Physiotherapy Assistants

Kate Graduated with a BSc Sport Therapy in 2009. Since Kate has worked within the private sector alongside healthcare professionals. Kate is now based part time as a physiotherapy assistant at London bridge hospital.

Kate is expanding her knowledge with training and applying for a degree in physiotherapy. Kate enjoys working predominately within the inpatient team across the different ward areas and takes an interest in neuro rehabilitation. Kate will be undertaking a part time BSc in Physiotherapy from September this year.

Kate enjoys all sports and attends a weekly gymnastic session. Kate participates in water sports including wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing. Outside of work Kate is frequently involved with charitable activities. In the past 4 years she has helped to organise events including quiz nights, auctions, raffles, runs and has also performed a sponsored sky dive and Firewalk.

Nayim Mahomade

Nayim
Mahomade

Nayim Mahomade

Nayim Mahomade

Physiotherapy Assistants

Nayim is currently a student in his third year of university towards a degree in Sport Rehabilitation (BSc) at St Mary’s University. He is predicted to graduate with 1st class honours. On completion of his degree, Nayim aspires to pursue a career in physiotherapy.

Nayim’s degree is a modern vocational programme that provides the skills and knowledge for the management of musculoskeletal injury. His approach to treatment and rehabilitation is based on the principles of applied functional science which looks at the cause of injury rather than a symptom based approach. He is currently undertaking a research project looking at exercises to improve neuromuscular control of the hip to reduce the risk of ACL injuries in female athletes.

In his free time Nayim enjoys the sport of Olympic freestyle wrestling. He has successfully won medals at a junior and senior level in numerous national competitions.

Jatin Shah

Jatin
Shah

Jatin Shah

Jatin Shah

Physiotherapy Assistants

Jatin is a recent graduate from Brunel University with a degree in Sports Science aspiring to be a physiotherapist.

With previous administrative experience Jatin joined HCA in May 2016. Jatin is a conscientious employee who aims to progress into the clinical aspect of working within this organisation. With a big interest in sport Jatin regularly plays basketball, volunteers in youth coaching and is a keen traveller.

Occupational Therapists

Yiannis Alexiou

Yiannis
Alexiou

Yiannis Alexiou

Yiannis Alexiou

Occupational Therapists

Yiannis was born and raised on the island of Kos in Greece. As a teenager he took part in National level athletics which lead to an interest in health care. After studying Occupational Therapy at the Technological and Educational Institute of Athens he was awarded with a National scholarship to fund a six month placement abroad. Yiannis chose to do this at The Wellington Hospital in London where he completed his qualifications and gained experience in a variety of areas including Orthopaedics & trauma, neurosurgery, neurological and critical care and cardiac rehabilitation. Following his placement he was then offered a full time position at the Wellington.

Whilst working at The Wellington Hospital Yiannis completed a Masters Degree in Health Management at the City University from which he graduated with Merit. In 2011 he started working at London Bridge Hospital where he helped to develop the occupational therapy ITU and cardiac care pathways.

Yiannis's passion outside of work is acting. He has attended several acting courses and graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 2010 with the "Outstanding Student of the Year" award.

Mary Plumbridge

Mary
Plumbridge

Mary Plumbridge

Mary Plumbridge

Occupational Therapists

Mary graduated from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Mary worked in a rural area of South Africa for a year and found this experience invaluable and thoroughly rewarding. She decided to move to the United Kingdom in 2007 where she chose to Locum at first to gain experience in the UK and to allow her the opportunity to travel before taking on a permanent role.

She chose a Senior Occupational Therapy role at the University Hospital Lewisham which she thoroughly enjoyed and stayed there for many years. The work she is most proud of there was setting up an Oncology service for Occupational Therapy and a Macmillan commissioned Wellbeing clinic for patients in the survivorship stage of the Oncology pathway.

Since moving to London, Mary has gained experience across a variety of fields including Acute Medicine, Orthopaedics, Oncology and Palliative care and Elderly medicine. Mary is passionate about Occupational Therapy and has studied a masters module at the London Southbank University in Applied Leadership and service innovation in Occupational Therapy Mary joined the London Bridge team in March this year and is thoroughly enjoying working across the different areas of Occupational Therapy.

Mary is the mother of a little boy and loves spending time with her family and friends as well as travelling back to South Africa as often as possible.

Jenny Rodriguez

Jenny
Rodriguez

Jenny Rodriguez

Jenny Rodriguez

Occupational Therapists

Jenny graduated from Miguel Hernandez University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Jenny gained valuable experience in discharge management, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation in the NHS before joining the private sector in 2014. 

Reception / Administration

Salvatore Vernuccio

Salvatore
Vernuccio

Salvatore Vernuccio

Salvatore Vernuccio

Administrators

Greeting you on your arrival and ensure the physiotherapy diary’s runs efficiently is Salvatore.

Salvatore joined HCA in 2008 as an outpatient administrator at Harley Street Clinic. A year later Salvatore joined London Bridge Hospital and gained promotion to his current post of physiotherapy administrator. Salvatore is mainly based at our satellite site at 37 degrees whereby he is responsible for overseeing all of the administration and operational aspects.

In Salvatore’s spare time he regularly goes to the gym and enjoys travelling.

Stephanie Herbertson

Stephanie
Herbertson

Stephanie Herbertson

Stephanie Herbertson

Administrators

Answering your call and helping you book appointments you will find Stephanie. Stephanie has recently started to work for London Bridge Physiotherapy and she come to us with experience of working as a receptionist within in the NHS at GP surgeries and walking in centres. She also has experience working in the retail sector.

When she is not answering your calls you will find Stephanie enjoying cooking, writing poetry or doing karaoke.

Catherine Short

Catherine
Short

Catherine Short

Catherine Short

Administrators

Catherine has City and Guilds qualifications in Catering and Hotel Reception, NCFE qualification as a Special Needs Assistant and a Certificate in Applied Psychology.

Catherine has worked in many interesting jobs, starting in Hotel Reception at Selfridges Hotel. After having her two children, Catherine retrained as a Special Needs Assistant and supported children with special needs in a local primary school. After 10 years, Catherine decided it was time for a change and worked for the NHS at St Helier Hospital as a Physiotherapy Administrator. She has recently started at London Bridge Hospital as a Physiotherapy Administrator.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys socialising, travelling, yoga, Sudoku and laughing.

Gillian Bernard

Gillian
Bernard

Gillian Bernard

Gillian Bernard

Administrators

Gillian has always enjoyed working with members of the public providing excellent customer service with a smile! She has worked in a range of sectors which include Retail, Financial and most recently in the Education sector.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling and has visited many wonderful places. She also enjoys visits to the theatre and wine tasting!