Area Representative Section

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Scotland - Debbie Kehoe

About Your Rep: I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Following 6 years as a rotational physiotherapist working within a large city hospital, I welcomed the opportunity to specialise in women’s health in 2012. In my time as a women’s health physiotherapist I have developed my clinical skills within obstetrics (both antenatal and postnatal), parent education classes, gynaecology and over the last three years I have widened my scope of practice within the area of urogynaecology,  assessing and treating patients with bladder or bowel dysfunction and prolapse. My passion for this area of physiotherapy continues to grow.

In the last few years I have undertaken several POGP courses as a means of enhancing and consolidating my knowledge and skills. I also ensure that I attend any local study days.

I have recently been appointed as area representative for Scotland. This will give me the opportunity to support the POGP and local members. I am really keen to promote the role of physiotherapy work in pelvic health and provide support to its Scottish members. I enjoy meeting with other health professionals to share our experience, skills and helping to support each other to provide the best possible service for our patients.

As this post has been vacant for some time, I will be interested to know what members training needs are so that as a regional group we can work towards this. I intend to implement a programme of study days and CPD events to develop our networking and learning opportunities.

Ireland - Wendy Brown

About Your Rep: I work  part time as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Oncology in Craigavon Hospital with a special interest in bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction related to cancer treatment. I also work part time in private practice.

Regular events in your area: Ulster gynae urology society scientific meeting annually in Spring. CPD rotated among NI trusts.

North East - Anna Mennell

About Your Rep:

I have worked as a Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Physiotherapist for four years and I am passionate about this area.  I love the diversity of what we see and the impact we can have. I am thoroughly enjoying the role as POGP area representative for the North East area and I am keen to maintain and develop the North East group.  The last twelve months have felt positive and as a group we all feel the benefit of drawing on each other’s clinical experience during our meetings. We have a dedicated group of Physiotherapist who meet twice a year which has proved to be essential in progressing our learning.

Regular events in your area:

As a group we share ideas about patient management, discuss new areas of research and how we can best develop our services. The POGP meetings have allowed us to utilise each other’s knowledge and skills, in addition to learning from external speakers to engage with wider subjects. These sessions have prompted changes to our practice and also the services we provide. Over the next year we will continue with these sessions and establish topics our members would like to see covered. We have recently allocated time at the end of each session to discuss clinical scenarios which has proved invaluable.

Yorkshire - Emma Bakes

About Your Rep: I qualified in 2007 form Leeds Metropolitan University. I specialised firstly in MSK and Pregnancy related MSK problems and went on to specialise in pelvic health in 2014. I am currently the lead Physiotherapist in pelvic health at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital and I am working on developing and growing this service as well as trying to attract new Physiotherapists into the role. I am currently undertaking the MSC in continence and women’s health at Bradford University which has been a steep learning curve but extremely useful.

I have just taken on the role of are representative for Yorkshire. I would like to support the POGP and local members in pelvic health promotion for both patients and potential Physiotherapists. I would also like to build on the work already established within the Yorkshire area and look to implement more regular CPD meetings, IST or guest speakers. I hope that this will encourage more members and help those who might feel more isolated in their roles.

Regular events in your area: Four meetings per year, venues and dates tbc. Complex case discussions, Guest speakers and presentations from different members on projects, audits or topics of interest.

Trent - Sarah Wright & Lynda Morgan Jones 

About your Rep: Lynda Morgan-Jones and Sarah Wright have been sharing the role of Trent area rep. for the past two years.

Lynda; I qualified from Sheffield Hallam Uni. Back in 1982! I have worked for the NHS in both the community and hospital settings as a pelvic health physiotherapist for over 25 years. In 2009 I completed the Post grad. Cert. in continence at Bradford enabling me to become a full member of POGP. I also served on the executive committee of CPPC until the 2 groups merged. For the past two years as well as sharing the area rep role I have also been a member of the Education Sub. Committee of POGP. Currently I am very lucky to work within a team of 4 pelvic health specialists at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Prior to this I worked for many years as a lone practitioner and I found being a member of POGP was invaluable in terms of professional support and development and I hope that through my role as area rep I can offer similar help to POGP members in the Trent region .

Sarah; I graduated Sheffield Hallam University 1997. I became interested in Women’s Health physiotherapy after the birth of my daughters and attended my first POGP course in 2003. Since then, I have been working as a pelvic health physiotherapist and been an associated member of POGP. Currently I work in the NHS within a team at Chesterfield Royal hospital and also at the BMI Thornbury hospital where I am the only pelvic health physiotherapist. I have only been a regional rep for a short amount of time, but have enjoyed the role having the opportunity to meet other members and offering advice and support.

Regular events in your area: We aim to hold two meetings a year. After canvasing members those that responded preferred meetings to be held in an afternoon during the week .So far  we have held them on a Wednesday afternoon but are happy to rotate days times and venues to make it easier for members to attend so please email us your preferences !!. We have started to email any presentations from the meetings to members who cannot attend .

 

Manchester - Helen Shepherd

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 for 25 years and have been the clinical lead at Salford Royal NHS Trust for the last 24 years. I have a special interest in treating complex pelvic pain in both men and women. I completed the post graduate diploma in continence with the University of East London in 1997 and my MSc Practitioner Research (by research), at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004. I have also completed the APPI Matwork series and acupuncture in Women’s Health

I have been in the role as chairman for the POGP North West for 5 years now.  I feel it is an important role as the regional groups provide excellent support to the Pelvic Heath Physiotherapists in the region. It is also beneficial to have the link with the main POGP and by this to the rest of the United Kingdom as our role can leave us feeling quite isolated. It is also provides invaluable peer support both at a clinical level and also to support each other through all the changes within the NHS.

Regular events in your area: We meet four times a year for an afternoon in different trusts. We have complex case discussions as part of the agenda. We have guest speakers and presentations from different members of the group on projects in different areas or audit results.

 

Midlands - Michelle Neal

About Your Rep: I qualified in 2001 from the University of Brighton and have worked within the speciality of Women’s Health since 2007. I have been working as a Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Birmingham Women’s Hospital since June 2013.

I have been the Midlands Area rep since April 2016. I have enjoyed arranging local meetings and communicating with the POGP. It has been a great opportunity to meet local physiotherapists, share good practice and provide peer support.

Regular events in your area:

The group aims to meet 2-3 times per year and tries to alternate between external speakers and group members facilitating workshops and feeding back from courses

East Anglia - Claire Brown

 

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About Your Rep: I am the Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy team lead at Addenbrookes hospitals, I work as the POP Home, specialist physiotherapist in pessary self-management and also privately.  I took on the role as area rep in autumn 2014.  I was keen to take the role on as the East of England have been without a rep for several years and felt a network across the East of England would be beneficial.  I am keen to include lone working physiotherapist in a network and physiotherapists working in an MSK environment.

Regular events in your area: Norfolk Specialist Interest Group in Continence.

Other up coming events: To be confirmed

Please note that Jane Dixon is covering the area rep role of East Anglia until further notice. 

Wales - Rhiannon Griffiths

 

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About Your Rep: I have been working in my role as a Women’s health Physiotherapist since 2011 when I gained a split MSK/WH physiotherapist post. During my time I developed a keen interest in women’s health treatment and due to service need increased my time within Womens health.

In December 2016 I started in my role as Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s Health in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board which covers South East Wales. This brought with it new clinical and service challenges mainly being that of treating male patients and an increasing service need for Women’s health patients.

As area representative this is a new role which I started in Nov 2017. My aim on becoming Area representative is to continue the hard work of my predecessors with regards to the promotion of the skills and services that we can offer as pelvic health physiotherapists and  to continue to aid members with regards to the service inequality and plans for succession planning into pelvic health physiotherapy as a country as a whole.

Regular events in your area:

As a group, we meet every 3 months to discuss issues and case studies, provide peer support and also training. Our group is spread over a large geographical area and so we tend to meet via video-conferencing facilities in three sites in Wales. These meetings have been very productive and recently have been focused on organizing developing awareness of Pelvic Health physiotherapist among our MSK colleagues. Our continued aim is to promote our very valuable and effective work and to highlight the lack of consistency of service provision and support across Wales.

Other up coming events:

We aim to set up a course yearly. For 2017 we are looking into setting up a course for interested MSK collegues to highlight the importance of looking at the pelvis as a whole.

South Midlands - Angela Leung-Wright

Awaiting further information

 

London - Virginia Reivers Bulkeley & Colette Pollard

About Your Rep: Virginia and Colette have been POGP London representative's for nearly a year. Both are team lead women's and men's health physiotherapist's in acute teaching hospitals. Virginia is based at University London College Hospital and Colette at Guy's and St.Thomas' Hospitals. Both Virgina and Colette joined the London POGP in order to continue the excellent work of organising communication and evening lectures for members. This could not be done without the group effort from our peers in the London POGP. Virginia and Colette have completed the Bradford Continence PG Cert in 2017/2018 and plan to utilise their new relationships with peers across London and enhanced knowledge, to continue with the excellent teaching that has traditionally been organised by the London group.

Regular events in your area: We aim to organise evening lectures for topics related to Obstetrics and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction approximately four times a year. We continue to communicate with quarterly newsletters for our members. We have recently started a programme of evening lectures for students and junior physiotherapists wanting to consider a career in men's and women's health.

South - Paula Riseborough

About Your Rep: I’ve been Area Rep for the South since September 2015. I volunteered for this role in order to support and promote our special interest group. In particular, I want to encourage and assist those new to the specialty to be in touch with POGP and the educational and networking opportunities available. I have recently retired from my NHS role as a specialist physiotherapist in obstetrics, gynaecology, female and male incontinence. We are looking for a new South area rep so please get in touch if you're interested.

Regular events in your area:

  • Bristol Pelvic Health group: twice yearly meetings, usually at St Michael’s Hospital or Southmead/Cossham Hospital). Contact: jennifer.pinkstone@nbt.nhs.uk
  • Wiltshire Women’s Health Physiotherapy Group: meetings several times a year at Melksham Hospital
  • Gloucestershire group: quarterly meetings (county-wide).

South East - Donna Osborn

About Your Rep: I have been the area representative for a year. I work for Kent Community Health Foundation NHS Trust part-time as a Urogynae Physiotherapy ESP/Team & Clinical lead. I have worked in Women and Men’s Health since qualifying in 1993 interspaced with MSK and oncology, including Lymphoedema management.

Regular events in your area: The aim for the area is to have 2 events a year to share information and to learn from each other and to network.

Up coming events: To be arranged for September 2018 and March 2019

Anything else relevant or interesting: I am looking for other members to share this role as being a Community Trust access to buildings to use for meetings has proved unsuccessful. Please contact me if you can host the meetings.

 

South West - Emily Hoile

 

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About Your Rep: I have been the area representative for the South West since 2009 having moved to the area in 2008.  I took the role as I wanted to be a part of the organization that had been extremely helpful and supportive in my professional development. 

I work as a Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.  I am keen to promote the role of physiotherapists working in pelvic health and provide support for the members.  I really enjoy the opportunity to meet with other physiotherapists and health professionals to share experiences and skills, and develop services.

Regular events in your area: We aim to meet twice a year during the day to encourage more members to attend.  Due to the large geographical area that we cover we meet in a variety of locations.

Solent - Sita Dixit & Rosemary Butler

About your Rep:

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

Sita and I work as specialist physiotherapists for university Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, treating  urogynae, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and obstetrics.

Regular events in your area: we meet twice a year for networking, complex case discussions, external speakers and members facilitating the sessions. 

 

Southern Ireland - Aoife Ni Eochaidh

About Your Rep: I am a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Women’s & Men’s Health & Continence) and I work in the West of Ireland at a private hospital called the Bon Secours Consultant Clinic which is part of a not for profit international chain of private hospitals.  I own my own company called International Pelvic Physiotherapy Management Company Ltd and I provide a portfolio of services including physiotherapy consultancy, training, medico-legal and clinical care in Galway, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and Dubai. I completed my degree in Edinburgh in 1995 and my post grad in women’s health in Bradford in 2000 and have been a member of POGP since then. In 2000 I was the Galway BPW & Irish Permanent Bank Young Business Woman of the Year for my women’s health work.  I have been the POGP Area Rep for Ireland since 2016. I hope to grow and support membership of POGP in Ireland.

Regular events in your area: POGP Ireland Annual Meeting

Up coming events: Date for 2019 meeting to be announced soon

Anything else relevant or interesting: My contact details are ippmphysio@gmail.com my twitter account is @ni_eochaidh my youtube podcast channel is called pelvipodcast please tune in!