Location: High Wycombe
Coverage: Oxfordshire, Northern Home Counties, London
Since qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2003, Annick has gained over 15 years of clinical experience working within the NHS and private practice. This has provided her with expert knowledge and advanced skills in the core clinical areas of physiotherapy, specialising in neurology and also working as a Research Practitioner in stroke at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. As a highly specialist Neurophysiotherapist, Annick has a detailed understanding of the rehabilitation process from the acute stage though to the community. She has extensive experience in treating complex patients with Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. Annick is an innovative and proactive therapist who is keen to provide excellent care to help people achieve their goals.
After graduating Annick started work in the NHS in London. She started her career at The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, as a rotational physiotherapist, gaining experience in orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, acute assessment, neurology, ITU/HDU, community, rapid response and oncology/palliative care. Annick then specialised in neurology, working in acute stroke, neurology, neurosurgery, and then taking up a static post on the Regional Rehabilitation Unit at Northwick Park Hospital. As part of this role she developed her skills in the treatment and management of very complex neurological patients from minimally conscious states, locked in syndrome, to stroke and brain injury. During this time, she developed specialist skills in tracheostomy management, splinting, orthotics, postural management and complex discharge planning. Annick worked closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team in this role and set up, developed and audited a keyworker scheme to enable the best communication between staff members and patients and their families.
Annick has worked in private neurophysiotherapy practice for many years, with specialist skills in movement re-education, spasticity management, functional electrical stimulation, Saebo rehabilitation products, orthotics and neurotechnology such as Mind Motion Go and the NeuroBall. Annick is also a qualified Pilates instructor and runs specialist neuro Pilates classes.
Annick has always had a strong interest in research and recently worked within the Stroke Research team at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. This involved working within a large multidisciplinary team recruiting patients to hyper-acute trials in the Accident and Emergency department at UCLH, recruitment of patients to acute randomised controlled trials through to smaller studies in PhDs. She carried out the role of principal investigator on a physiotherapy research project and gained skills in phlebotomy, research trial monitoring and neuroimaging. She would regularly present the research teams’ trials and studies to the senior teams in clinical governance meetings and liase with and train the teams involved
Annick is committed to continuing and progressing her professional development. She ensures she keeps up to date with recent research and has recently attended the European Stroke Conference in Gothenburg (2018) and Milan (2019) and the UK Stroke Forum (2018). She is an active member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN) and the British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM).