Dr Mark Gillett, Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine
MSc(SEM) FRCS FCEM FFSEM (UK&I) DipIMC RCSED
Dr Gillett has worked with elite athletes and teams for over eighteen years. He has extensive experience in professional football working as First Team Doctor at Chelsea FC from 2008 to 2010 and as Director for Performance at West Bromwich Albion Football Club from 2010 to 2018, during which the club maintained its Premier League status for eight consecutive years. He is currently Head of Performance at Nottingham Forest Football Club, leading on injury treatment and prevention as well as performance enhancement. In 2012, Dr Gillett was part of the Team GB Medical team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, working with GB Basketball. He is Lead Physician for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and Training Program Director for Sports and Exercise Medicine Training in the West Midlands Deanery.
David Hyde, Perform Outpatient Team Leader, Perform Clinical Lead
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2008, MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine 2018
David has been a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for ten years and has worked in a number of different settings and organisations in both the NHS and private healthcare. During this time David co-founded and ran a physiotherapy clinic working predominantly in Cross-Fit gyms and competitions. This gave invaluable experience in working with patients who physically push their bodies to the limit. He completed his Masters’ degree in Musculoskeletal Medicine from the University of Middlesex in 2018. He has a particular interest in shoulder injury and rehabilitation techniques, and completed research in this area in 2017.
Jenny Clarke, Inpatient Physiotherapist Team Leader
Graduate Diploma Physiotherapy 1983
Jenny graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1983. She has since accumulated significant experience in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care both in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Jenny’s current role involves managing the Inpatient Physiotherapy Team at Spire Little Aston Hospital as well as continuing to treat patients in the Perform Physiotherapy Department. Her caseload contains a mix of post-operative orthopaedic patients and musculoskeletal outpatients. Jenny also works as part of the Hand Service alongside her colleague and Lead Hand Specialist, Susannah Lundie.
Justine Plummer, Highly Specialised Physiotherapist / Urodynamics specialist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 1996
Justine graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1996. She has extensive experience in the management of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor problems in both women and men. In 2002 she completed a postgraduate qualification in continence at the University of East London and has gained full membership to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (ACPWH).
Justine specialises in the treatment of uro-gynaecological conditions and pelvic floor dysfunctions, including prolapses, urinary incontinence and sexual discomfort and incontinence as a result of prostate surgery. Patients are seen post gynaecological surgery to ensure that they are given appropriate advice and exercises with the aim of returning to normal daily activities.
In 2006 she obtained a further qualification in Urodynamic Assessment. Justine is able to perform bladder instillations (washouts) for those women who have interstitial cystitis and chronic bladder pain. She works very closely with both uro-gynaecological and urology consultants to ensure that patients receive an integrated continence service.
Susannah Lundie, Specialist Hand Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 1999, BA, DipHE
Having graduated from University of the West of England in 1999, Susannah specialised in Cardio-respiratory physiotherapy for several years. After relocating to the Midlands, Susannah joined the Inpatient team at Spire Little Aston working with post-operative plastics, orthopaedic and general surgical patients in rehabilitation. Susannah has subsequently worked in the Perform Physiotherapy Outpatient Department, and has developed a special interest in hand therapy. Her collaboration with the Orthopaedic Hand Consultants at Spire Little Aston Hospital has led to the development of the Hand and Wrist Service. Susannah is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Hand Therapy at the University of Derby.
Amanda Elliot, Specialist Physiotherapist
Grad Dip Physiotherapy 1989 BSc (Hons) Psychology 2012
Mandy qualified as a physiotherapist in Birmingham in 1989. She has since worked in both the NHS and Private Sector, specialising in musculoskeletal outpatients and orthopaedic post-surgical rehabilitation. Mandy has completed APPI Pilates Matwork courses Level 1, 2 and 3, and currently teaches several Pilates classes a week, as well as doing 1 to 1 Pilates assessments at Perform. She is also a Pink Ribbon Post Rehab Exercise Instructor which means she is qualified to teach exercise to patients who have undergone surgical treatment of Breast Cancer. In 2012 she completed an Undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology, her main clinical interest being in Pain Management, and has undertaken other specific courses in this subject area including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Alexandra Newcombe, Specialist Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 1999
Alexandra has worked in a wide range of clinical specialties within physiotherapy during her 18 year career in both England and Australia, across public and private healthcare settings. She was the lead project officer and clinician in the development, trial and successful implementation of an extended scope primary contact practitioner in a rural Emergency Department in South-East Queensland. In addition she has managed service provision and staffing across a huge geographical region in Australia.
Alexandra’s varied career experience has led her to having a wide range of specific interests and clinical skill in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. These include foot and ankle injuries, paediatric orthopaedics, dance medicine and spinal pain. In addition to this, she has a high level of skill and knowledge in gerontological and neurological rehabilitation, in particular post-stroke, Parkinson Disease and Falls Prevention.
Ruth Elvis, Specialist Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2003
Ruth qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of Birmingham in 2003 and has subsequently worked in both the NHS and Private sector (UK and Spain). She has spent the last 11 years specialising in musculoskeletal outpatients and has specialist experience in Rheumatology, Pain Management and A&E. Ruth has a particular interest in Clinical Pilates including the use of reformers, acupuncture and fascial release techniques.
Amanda Briscoe, Specialist Physiotherapist
Grad Dip. Physiotherapy 1988
Amanda qualified from the University of Birmingham in 1988. She has accumulated extensive experience working in the field of paediatrics over her 29 year career to date and this has included her publishing research in the area of delayed child development as a result of Liver Disease. She has a special interest in the management of paediatric developmental disorders especially in children under 5 years. In addition to this, Amanda works with adolescents in Dance Education at a residential Dance School in Birmingham. This experience has contributed to a high level of skill and knowledge in assessing and treating paediatric musculoskeletal injuries.
Angela Shakespeare, Specialist Physiotherapist
Grad. Dip Physiotherapy 1985, PG Dip. In Academic and Practical Physiotherapy in Sport 1994
Angela has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in London and the West Midlands. She has worked in both the NHS and private healthcare settings and has a specialist interest in acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and pain.
Anika Kainth, Specialist Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2015
Anika qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She worked at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust for 3 years in the field of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy before joining Little Aston Hospital. Anika has a keen interest in sports related injuries and has worked as an Academy Physio for Coventry City FC as well as a Pitch-side Physiotherapist for Warwick Boys School Rugby Teams. Anika is currently studying part time for an MSc in Manual Therapy at Coventry University.
Lauren Manning, Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2016
Lauren qualified with First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2016 from Keele University. She worked primarily in an Inpatients setting at Walsall Manor NHS Hospital before joining the team at Little Aston Hospital in 2017. Lauren is an integral member of the Inpatient Physio Team, working primarily with patients who have undergone orthopaedic surgery. She leads post-operative exercise classes for patients who have had total knee and hip replacements or knee arthroscopies and is also involved in post-operative rehabilitation in the gym and outpatients setting. Lauren has a particular interest in sports related injuries partly due to her own sporting achievements as a county cricketer.