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.
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