I graduated from Salford University in 1983, coming back to Lancaster for my first rotational Staff Grade job. I moved to the Royal Preston Hospital in 1986 taking up my first Senior Out-patient job working in the busy treatment room.
I studied with the Orthopaedic Medicine International from 1984, graduating with the Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine in 1988. I was inspired by the late Dr James Cyriax who was one of my course tutors at St. Thomas Hospital, London. I went on to develop the in-service training program for the out-patient staff before being promoted to the Senior Clinician in the treatment room. During this time I was fortunate to work in the orthopaedic clinic alongside Mr Roger Smith FRCS who specialised in corrective spinal surgery for idiopathic scoliosis.
Having now developed a special interest in spinal pain I decided to train with the McKenzie Institute completing their 3 module Diploma in Spinal Mechanical Therapy in 1989.
I started to work in the private sector in 1984, firstly at Preston Grasshoppers RFC and in 1985 was part of a 3 man consortium that founded Preston Physiotherapy Clinic, a self funding private Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, operating from within the Physiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital.
In 1989 I moved back to Lancaster when I was appointed Physiotherapy Manager at the Nuffield Private Hospital with a challenging brief to develop their new Physiotherapy Unit.
Having commissioned the new Physiotherapy Unit and watch it become a thriving department I had the opportunity, in 1993, to take over a very successful Physiotherapy Practice from the locally well known Shirley Rawlins, my former boss as a Staff Grade. She must have trained me well! At the same time I maintained a part time Senior Post in the Spinal Treatment Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. As part of this job I spent a year working as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics helping Mr Hugh Stewart FRCS sort out all his “difficult backs”!
While continuing to work part time in the NHS I marketed my new practice and watched it steadily grow before inviting Iain to join me in late 1993. When Shirley sold her premises in 1997 we decided to relocate to York Bridge Surgery where we worked closely with Dr Geoff Ingham and Dr Richard Routledge providing their in-house physiotherapy service during the days of GP fund holding as well as our own private practice. The York Bridge Practice continues to flourish though I now divide my time between York Bridge Surgery and my Clinic in Hest Bank having “retired” from the NHS in 2002.
In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, sailing and canoeing and continue to enjoy playing the piano.
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