BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Location: Hertfordshire

Coverage: South East England

Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2004, Tom has gained over 10 years of clinical experience working within the NHS. This has provided him with expert knowledge and advanced skills in the core clinical areas in both adults and paediatrics. Tom has built a sound theoretical foundation whilst utilising research and problem solving skills to become a therapist that can apply and further develop evidence based practice.  As a Case Manager, Tom works with both children and adults who have sustained complex injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation or other orthopaedic injuries.

Tom started his career working as an rotational adult Physiotherapist gaining experience in neurosciences, orthopaedics (elective and trauma), musculoskeletal outpatients, medical rehabilitation, rapid response and the acute assessment unit, oncology and palliative care, ITU/HDU, cardiothoracics, vascular and amputees, and community based rehabilitation.

Since 2009, Tom has specialised in Paediatrics where he has gained experience working across acute, community and education settings. In his most recent role, Tom has worked as a Team Lead and Highly Specialist Community Physiotherapist within a busy and dynamic London community Paediatric service. He developed specialist knowledge and advanced clinical skills working as an autonomous practitioner providing physiotherapy assessment and treatment to children aged 0-19 years with complex long-term conditions such as Cerebral Palsy. This role encompassed service provision management and organisation as well as collaborative working with all members of the child development service multidisciplinary team, education staff and Social Services. Day to day team leadership also involved triaging new referrals, managing waiting times, clinical supervision/appraisal, teaching and the prioritisation and delegation of clinical and non-clinical tasks and responsibilities to other team members.

Tom also co-led the development of the Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) joint treatment pathway for children with motor co-ordination difficulties, and established a new local transition pathway for adolescent children with complex long-term conditions who were moving from children’s to adult therapy services. He have also led service provision and other clinical audits to help review and develop client and family centred groups and services. Tom has also helped lead his previous service move into a new integrated health and social care centre last year.

Whilst working in Paediatrics, Tom regularly attended and actively participated in multidisciplinary assessments and reviews as well as child in need, safeguarding and child protection meetings. Tom continually strives to offer all his clients and their families/carers a child centred, evidence based and holistic approach. This has involved close working relationships with his clients and their families/carers, and the setting of mutually agreed SMART goals to record and maximise client progress. Experience gained from joint working with specialist neonatal and neurological paediatricians and orthopaedic surgeons/practitioners has not only developed Tom’s own clinical reasoning skills and treatment approach but has also benefitted his clients and their families/carers.

Tom has developed specialist knowledge and skills in aquatic therapy, orthotic assessment and management, splinting and casting as well as assessing the need for the provision of specialist equipment such as standing frames, assistive mobility aids, seating and sleep systems for the 24-hour management of posture and tone.