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Area Representatives


Welcome to the Area Representative Section! 

Your page to discover who is your local area representative, what is happening in your local area related to women's and men's health. If you wish to get involved, check your eligability.

Scotland - Debbie Kehoe

North East - Anna Mennell

North West - Helen Shepherd

Yorkshire - Emma Bakes

Trent - Sarah Wright & Lynda Morgan Jones

Midlands - VACANT

South Midlands - Angela Leung-Wright

East Anglia - Claire Brown

South - Alex Lambert

South West - Helena Costiff

South East - Donna Osborn

Solent - Sita Stroud & Rosemary Butler

London - VACANT

Wales - Angharad Roberts

Northern Ireland - Grá inne Donnelly

Overseas - Aoife Ni Eochaidh

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Scotland - Debbie Kehoe

Postcodes in this area: HS, IV, KW, AB, PH, DD, KY, FK, PA, G, EH, ML, TD, KA, DG, KW, ZE

About Your Rep

I am Debbie Kehoe the area representative for Scotland. I am based at University Hospital Wishaw working with a great team.

I have been area representative for two years.

I normally run two study days a year and plan to hopefully have some evening events in the future.

I send out a quarterly newsletter to keep everyone updated on any events or courses

Contact Details

Email: Debbie.kehoe@nhs.net

Phone: 07850591747

 

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Northern Ireland - Grá inne Donnelly

Postcodes in this area: BT

About Your Rep

Grá inne Donnelly, area rep for N. Ireland, is the Advanced Physiotherapist and Team Lead for pelvic health physiotherapy within her local NHS trust, as well as working privately within her private clinic. She completed the Bradford postgraduate certificate in Continence Practice for Physiotherapists in 2018 and is entering the final module in a Masters in Advancing Healthcare at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Gráinne has a huge passion in developing and implementing evidence-based practice and is delighted to have been made an associate team member for the Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group (PPARG) at Cantebury Christchurch University. She is currently involved in 3 research endeavours and enjoys bridging the gap between academia and clinical practice. Her particular areas of interest are postnatal exercise, diastasis recti and the role of ultrasound imaging within pelvic health physiotherapy. She is dedicated to supporting local members and ensuring regular learning opportunities are provided locally through POGP study events in N. Ireland.

Contact Details

Email: grainne@absolute.physio

Phone: 02866382000

Phone: 07843061266

 

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER WEBINAR POGP NI DATE:

TUESDAY 3rd November 2020 VENUE:

Online via Zoom TIME: 7-9PM

1. 7:00-8:00pm: Speaker: Hedwig Neels, MScPT, PhD Women s health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Antwerpen Belgium and Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) Belgium IUGA SIG Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Co-Chair Founder of Https:\\www.thepelvicfloor.be and @thepelvicfloor (IG & FB)

Topic: Vaginal Flatulence

2. 8:15-8:45pm Speaker: Lucia Berry, Physiotherapy Lecturer Brunel University, London

Topic: Advanced Clinical Practice in Pelvic Health

100 PLACES AVAILABLE

To book a place please make payment to Paypal account, pogpni@outlook.com. *Please note this the only way to make payment.* Please put a name and email address in the comment section when making payment

Cost: £5 for POGP members; £10 for non-members

Final day for booking is Sunday 1st November. Anyone who books after the 1st November or once the maximum numbers are reached will receive a recording only.

Zoom details for the meeting will be sent 2 days prior to event

Any queries please email Ciara Quinn at pogpni@outlook.com

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Overseas - Aoife Ni Eochaidh

Includes areas: anywhere not listed above

About Your Rep

Aoife Ni Eochaidh qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and completed a postgraduate Certificate in Women’s Health Physiotherapy from the University of Bradford in 2000. Aoife is the Winner of the BPW & Irish Permanent Galway Young Business Woman of Year Award offers physiotherapy for Men, Women & children for pelvic conditions & incontinence. Aoife is an experienced and passionate chartered physiotherapist who runs her private clinic from Suite 14, Bon Secours Consultant Clinic in Renmore, Galway. Aoife uses modern non-invasive evidence-based technologies to treat the root cause and ensure excellent results. Aoife is highly experienced and skilled in the use of a large tool box of pelvic physiotherapy treatments.

Contact Details

Email: ippmphysio@gmail.com

Phone: 00353872863013

 

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North East - Anna Mennell

Postcodes in this area: NE, SR, DH, DL, TS

About Your Rep

I am the Area Rep for the North East region and have been enjoying this role for the last five years. We have a growing group of pelvic health physio’s in our network which is great. I find our regional meetings generate clinical discussions which ultimately allow us to be better at what we do. We meet twice per year in the central location of Washington. Our geographical area spans from Berwick across to Carlisle and as far south as Middlesbrough!

Our most recent meeting has been over Zoom which was supportive and helpful in this current world of uncertainty.  It has been an extremely useful process to help us move forwards with our services and navigate how to re-open our services safely.  Sharing knowledge, guidelines and ideas feels more important than ever.

Our most recent physical meetings have covered a range of topics such as psychosexual counselling, current practice surrounding DRAM management and one of our members recently guided us through her PhD journey. I can speak for everyone when I say that we all find the sessions hugely beneficial. Anyone is welcome to attend and share their learning or sit back and listen to others. We have lots of experience to share as a group which is invaluable.

If you are interested in joining our North East group, please feel free to contact me on anna.mennell@stft.nhs.uk and I have recently set up a new email address for the group NEPOGP@outlook.com

Our next meeting is another zoom chat in the next few weeks, and we are planning our next physical meeting for November 2020.

Contact Details

Email: NEPOGP@outlook.com

Phone: 01914041086

Phone: 07969790149

 

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North West - Helen Shepherd

Postcodes in this area: CA, LA, PR, BB, FY, OL, BL, WN, M, WA, L, SK, CW, CH, IM

About Your Rep

I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1989 from Withington Hospital and have worked at Edgware, Stockport, St Mary’s and Salford. I have been specialized in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy since 1992 and have been the clinical lead at Salford Royal NHS Trust since 1994.

  • I completed the post graduate diploma in continence with the University of East London in 1997 and completed my MSc Practitioner Research (by research), at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004.
  • I completed the RCN leadership course in 2009 at SRFT
  • The AACP introduction to acupuncture course 2011, Pelvic Pain in 2011 and the Allied Womens Health Course 2013.
  • Have completed the APPI Matwork Pilates Series 1 - 3
  • POGP Male pelvic floor course
  • POGP Pregnancy MSK courses

I continually develop my skills to ensure I provide the highest standards of clinical practice. I work closely with Gynaecologists, Urologist and Urogynaecolgists, Obstetricians, Midwives and Nurses as part of a multidisciplinary team and provide education in the hospital and regional setting. I have been the Northwest POGP area representative since 2014 and run 4 meetings a year with an educational programme

Physiotherapy in Pelvic health includes the treatment and management of bladder and bowel dysfunction in men and women. This may be the leakage of urine, passing urine too frequently, mild to moderate prolapse and chronic pelvic pain. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy also includes the treatment and management of women with back and pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy.

My special area of interest is the treatment of chronic pelvic pain in men and women.

Contact Details

Email: helen.shepherd@srft.nhs.uk

Phone: 01612061063

Phone: 07866624738

 

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Yorkshire - Emma Bakes

Postcodes in this area: BD, HG, YO, LS, HU, HX, WF, HD, DN, S

About Your Rep

I qualified in Physiotherapy in 2007 from Leeds Metropolitan University. After completing my general rotations at The Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust, I specialised in MSK and qualified as an APPI Pilates instructor. I soon started to take more of a role in the management of obstetric patients and became in developing the service for these patients. In 2013 I moved to Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital to work in MSK and started my journey in pelvic health. I commenced my MSc at Bradford in 2017 in ‘Continence for women’s Health’, took on the area rep role in 2018 and joined the Education Sub-Committee in 2019 all of which have given me diverse experiences away from clinic. I have recently started a new role as a senior physiotherapist within the women’s health team at St James University Hospital and I am looking forward to the new challenges this brings. Away from pelvic health I enjoy teaching regular Pilates classes, triathlon training and events and walking in the countryside with my family and two little dogs.

Yorkshire Area History

The POGP Yorkshire area has a strong history of bringing its members together and today it is no different. CPD events are run quarterly throughout the area. Recently we have run events in Leeds, York, Huddersfield, Bradford and Sheffield with more planned for the future. We have had a mixture of guest speakers and members presenting on a variety of topics such as the motivational interviewing, dynamic training of the pelvic floor, management of SUI including Bulkamid, bladder pain syndrome and medications in pelvic health. Our next events include topics on Psychosexual issues in pelvic health and safeguarding, Management approaches to pelvic organ prolapse: Hypopressives and Biotensegrity and pain in pelvic health. We also had the pleasure of hosting the POGP conference in Harrogate 2015 and we are very much looking forward to hosting the next POGP conference in York. We are privileged to have the area reps sub-committee chair, the conference organising committee chair and a member of the education sub-committee within our area as well as a supportive sub-committee.

 

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Trent - Sarah Wright & Lynda Morgan Jones

Postcodes in this area: LN, NG, DE, LE, PE

About your Reps

Lynda Morgan –Jones.

I have been joint area representative for the Trent region since May 2015.  I work at Chesterfield Royal Hospital joint lead in pelvic health physiotherapy team. We have a wide span in our caseload, seeing obstetric and gynaecology conditions, bowel conditions and men.

I have worked in a variety of roles in the NHS, as part of a team and as a sole practitioner.

I am also a member on the educational sub committee for POGP, I have been involved with helping produce best practice guidelines, developing areas for the new website and mentoring for the portfolio route to full membership.

In my free time I enjoy walking my dog , mountain biking, travel, cooking and going to the gym.

Sarah Wright

I have been joint area representative for the Trent region since May 2015. Lynda and I work together at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in the in pelvic health physiotherapy team. My role is senior physiotherapist, I take many classes and cover the maternity ward. Outpatient appointments make up the rest of my day. I cover a wide caseload like Lynda and I also see breast surgery patients.

 I also work privately at Thornbury Hospital, where I am a sole pelvic health specialist within a physiotherapy team. At the moment I am an affiliate member of POGP and am working towards gaining full membership.

In my free time I enjoy baking, gardening, socialising and walking.

 

We look forward to inviting all our area members to our regional meetings, we plan to stick with the two meetings per year usually spring and autumn. Previously these have been face to face meetings but due to the Covid pandemic, have planned virtual meetings for this year. After our successful first meeting using a virtual format in May. We have a zoom meeting planned for November. We also have sent a survey about virtual meetings to all our area members and are analysing the results now. If any members would like to host a future meeting please do get in touch.

Contact Details

Email: pogptrent@gmail.com

Phone: 01246512173

Ext 6019

 

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Midlands - VACANT

Postcodes in this area: ST, TF, WS, WV, DY, B, CV, WR, HR, SY*

*Shrewsbury postcode does seem to cross the border between England and Wales and therefore you may wish to be in either the Welsh group or the Midlands group for your CPD

Temporary Rep as per South Midlands

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South Midlands - Angela Leung-Wright

Postcodes in this area: NN, MK, LU, HP, OX

About Your Rep

Ba Hons, BSc, HCPC, MCSP, MSc

I am an advanced Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist. I was appointed the area rep four years ago. In my nhs career I have led and managed teams in University and District General NHS Hospitals in London, Oxford, Milton Keynes and now Northampton. I love to share knowledge and have clinical discussions . I have gained a wide range of clinical experience and  advanced skills in mens’ and womens’ health, Paediatric Urology, Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Uro-gynaecology, all since starting as a women health physiotherapist in 2007 at the Royal London, Whitechapel. I qualified in 2004. I became a full POGP member in 2013 and completed the  MSc Rehabilitation in 2019. I wa pruod to receive a distinction for research into the efficacy of physiotherapy in chronic pelvic pain. My strengths involve getting people together, organising events and communication, things to work on are paying attention to detail and to laugh a bit more at work. Members most recently opted for an annual regional study day as way to maintain excellence and CPD. This replaces the previous evening lecture events held at Oxford. The Study day will be accessible to the national membership and posted on the Facebook page. Please get in touch with fitwise if you want to be on my mailing list angela.leung-wright@nhs.net.

Upcoming event: next CPD event is Jan 2021- Study day on DRAM and Endometriosis. Networking and smaller area ‘hub meetings’ occurring about twice a year.

Contact Details

Email: angela.leung-wright@nhs.net.

Phone: 07932601488

 

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East Anglia - Claire Brown

Postcodes in this area: NR, IP, CB, SG, CO, CM, SS

About Your Rep

Claire is a clinical specliast in Pelvic Health and Obstetric Physiotherapy at Cambridge University NHS foundation trust.  Claire also works in the pessary self-management clinic.  Claire started her women's health physiotherapy career at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 2008 and worked as the specialist physiotherapist on the POP HOME quality improvement project at Addenbrookes teaching pessary self-management funded by the Health Foundation.  Claire is now a tutor on the Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecology Physiotherapy (POGP) Pelvic Organ Prolapse course and mentors women's health physiotherapists.

Contact Details

Email: claire.brown32@nhs.net

 

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Wales - Angharad Roberts

Postcodes in this area: LL, LD, SA, CF, NP, SY*

*Shrewsbury postcode does seem to cross the border between England and Wales and therefore you may wish to be in either the Welsh group or the Midlands group for your CPD

About Your Rep

Hi, I’m Angharad and I have taken over the role of Wales area rep earlier this year. I am a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales. I have specialised in the area of Pelvic Health for the approximately 5 years and have developed my skills through many POGP courses. I completed the Bradford ‘Continence for Physiotherapy’ PGCert in 2018 and my plans for the near future is to complete my full MSc.

As area rep, I am keen to continue to promote the area of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy throughout Wales.  The Welsh group covers are very large geographical area which brings its own logistical issues, however as a group we strive to have at least two formal study days per year.

Cardiff, our capital city, hosted the last POGP Conference in 2018 and I would be keen for further POGP events to be held throughout Wales.

Contact Details

Email: Angharad.Roberts2@wales.nhs.uk

Phone: 01978725411

Phone: 07733164310

 

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London - VACANT

Postcodes in this area: AL, SG, EN, WD, HA, N, IG, NW, E, RM, SL, UB, W, WC, EC, TW, SW, SE, DA, BR, KT, SM, CR

Applicants are invited to apply for this rep role.

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Contact Details

Email: londonareapogp@outlook.com*

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South - Alex Lambert

Postcodes in this area: GL, SN, BS, BA

About Your Rep

I have been the Area Rep for the South for one year.  I spent my 20s pursuing a career in the British Army but decided to re-train in 2005 and have worked in Pelvic Health since 2012. I left the NHS in 2016 to set up my own clinic, Physio Down Below, and now work as an independent practitioner. I am pleased to be part of a wider team of POGP physiotherapists all working together to share evidence and ideas to try to be the best we can together.

We held our first meeting in November 2019 in Aldbourne, discussing Men’s Health experiences, how we plan on moving forward as a group, and our second meeting was held in Bristol in March 2020 to discuss Bladder Pain Syndrome and Chronic Pain. We will aim to hold 2 meetings a year at this point via Zoom for the foreseeable future unless interest dictates otherwise. Do get in contact with me if you’d like to come along to any meeting even if you’re not within the South region: alex@physiodownbelow.com.

Contact Details

Email: alex@physiodownbelow.com

Phone: 07921189728

 

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South East - Donna Osborn

Postcodes in this area: RH, BN, TN, ME, CT

About Your Rep

Hello, I am Donna area rep for the South East. I work in the Kent Continence Team which is a multidisciplinary team covering the majority of Kent. We treat male and female continence and pelvic floor dysfunction NHS patients referred mainly via GP’s, Consultants and Midwives. We do not treat MSK issues such as PGP due to service specification not including this. I have had many roles within WH and MH in the past starting in Eastbourne as a Staff Physio in the early 1990’s and then moving up to St Thomas’ for a short time, before coming to Kent in 1998. I have also worked in oncology and management for Bupa. I run a small private practice from home and am studying towards an MBA now that my children are no longer children.

I need help with locations for area meetings as our service does not own buildings – we work out of clinics and community hospitals so it is difficult for me to organise venues, however, I am keen to organise more regular meetings in the future but need volunteers to help please.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who has a venue and an idea and I will fully support and help coordinate future meetings.

The virtual world is here following the pandemic so zoom and teams are now options for our area to consider instead of physical venues so I hope that in the future we can arrange more communication with us all to help and nurture our passion that is all things Women and Mens health – POGP Physios.

Contact Details

Email: dosborn@nhs.net

Phone: 01622741502

Phone: 07773275590

 

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South West - Helena Costiff

Postcodes in this area: TR, PL, TQ, EX, TA

About Your Rep

I qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 and was very lucky to gain a role as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist in 2014 at Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust under the supervision of my area rep predecessor Emily Hoile.  

With the support of Emily and our colleague Wendy Farren I have developed a passion for pelvic health, initially providing urogynaecology outpatient services and more recently branching out into PGP and bowel biofeedback clinics and clinical pilates.  I enjoy teaching and presenting and have built links with MDT colleagues as a guest lecturer at University of Plymouth and I am keen to support South West members to promote the work that we do!

I was about to submit my final portfolio assignment to gain the Bradford PG Cert when the COVID crisis intervened so plan to complete this as soon as possible when academic life resumes!

Taking on this new area rep role at such a tumultuous time means I am keen to prioritise supporting members in the South West through the process of resuming practice, sharing experiences and ideas while representing the views of the South West area on a wider platform.  Our area has a huge geographical spread so I am interested in exploring the possibility of more online interaction to encourage increased participation and decreased travel time and costs.  I would be very keen to hear from our members about any particular developments/teaching/support etc. they would like to see.

We generally meet twice a year in a variety of locations and enjoy presentations from our own members and guest speakers including most recently a sex therapist and functional nutritionist.  Naturally cake is provided but diplomacy prevents a cream tea to avoid arguments re: cream or jam first! Plans are afoot for a regular newsletter and online journal club but all ideas and suggestions are very welcome.

We were thrilled that the most recent Pelvic Floor Society Conference was held on our patch in Plymouth in November 2019 which provided a great showcase for our region and profession, including a specific AHP Day and some top class presentations not least from the POGP’s own Jilly Bond.  We hope to meet in late 2020 if the situation allows.

Contact Details

Email: pogpsouthwest@gmail.com

Phone: 01803 655340 (Torbay Physiotherapy Department)

 

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Have you ever wondered what the anatomy really looks like?  Does it all link up exactly as our anatomy books tell us?

On Wednesday November 18th at 7pm

The POGP South West regional group will be hosting an exciting online evening educational session lead by Physiotherapist and educator Jenny Wickford from thewholenessofwellbeing.com

Jenny has worked and taught all over the world and we would like to welcome any members from outside our immediate region who would like to join us.

To register their interest by contacting pogpsouthwest@gmail.com

Based on Jenny's dissection experience, we will be having an interactive discussion about pelvic anatomy and fascia, putting the pelvis into the larger picture of human function and movement.   

Please note:  the session will include photographic details of dissection which some members may find challenging.

 

To make the session as interactive as possible everyone is asked to bring their favourite anatomy book along, so that we can look, discuss and think about how these illustrations can help and sometimes hinder our understanding of pelvic function. Jenny also encourages everyone to prepare questions, so the discussion is as relevant as possible to their clinical practice. 

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Solent - Sita Stroud & Rosemary Butler

Postcodes in this area: DT, BH, SP, SO, PO, GU, RG

About Your Reps

We have shared the Solent area representative role since 2015, keen to continue the work of our predecessor in enabling physiotherapists working in pelvic health within our region to network, sharing and developing practice, providing peer support and a forum to invite external speakers. 

Sita works for Solent NHS Trust and Rosie works for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust treating urogynae, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and obstetrics.

We meet twice a year for networking, complex case discussions and to have external speakers.

Contact Details

Email: solentpogp@gmail.com

Sita Stroud

Phone: 07964929467

Rosemary Butler

Phone: 07768452499

 

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save the date for a zoom meeting on Tuesday 8th December 9.30-11am.  This will be an informal meeting to catch up, discuss our CV-19 experiences and how we are working and introduce myself and Emma formally to the group.  We understand that not all members will be able to make it but thought it would be good to get something in before the end of the year.

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