Michelle qualified as a physiotherapist in 2004 and started her career in a large acute hospital, undertaking a wide variety of clinical rotations and gaining a broad range of experience both at a junior and senior level. Having always wanted to work with children, Michelle specialised in paediatrics in 2009. She has worked in the field of paediatric physiotherapy ever since, treating a variety of conditions, and specialising in patients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions.
Michelle works privately in the community with children with additional needs – those who attended mainstream schools as well as special schools. She carries out comprehensive assessments, implements therapy programmes and provides 24-hour postural management programmes and monitors their implementation. As part of her duties Michelle spends a great deal of time training carers to help them optimise their role in treating and caring for the individual. She has a holistic approach as the children she works with have difficulties which impact on all ears of their lives.
As well as working as a case manager with Westcountry Case Management, Michelle provides specialist evidence based paediatric physiotherapy both privately and in the NHS. Both of these roles require Michelle to work with children with a variety of conditions including neurological, physical and orthopaedic conditions. She provides assessment, treatment and care programmes for children in their home and school, as well as in more formal clinical settings. She is passionate about helping her patients and their families to have the best possible future.
Effective communicator, with the ability to adapt communication skills and styles.
- Organised, motivated and resourceful in her approach to problem solving.
- Ability to be friendly, empathetic and flexible; to put the child’s needs first, providing a client centred approach to help them achieve their goals.
- Ability to work independently or within a multi-disciplinary team.
- Developing positive therapeutic relationships with clients and their families.
- Able to provide a holistic and empathetic client centred approach, whilst recognising the importance of the individual within the family unit.
- Experience of treating a wide variety of paediatric conditions.
- Assessing and clearly defining and identifying the needs of children with complex difficulties.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
- Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)