Physiotherapy team

Pinehill Hospital Physiotherapy Team


Neil Cheek

Neil is the Department Manager. He qualified in 2003 having trained at the University of Brighton and initially worked in the NHS before moving in to the private sector. Neil’s primary interests are in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and the biomechanical analysis of movement. Neil is also a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)

Alicja Hughes

Alicja qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009.  Alicja works across both the in patient and outpatient services at Pinehill and has a particular interest in Orthopaedics.

Toly Lau

Toly joined Pinehill having qualified from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006. Toly shares her time between post operatively rehabilitating patients on the wards following surgery and assessing and treating musculoskeletal outpatients.

Bally Lidder

Bally qualified in 1993 with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy from Wolverhampton University. . She worked in all areas of physiotherapy in the NHS before specialising in the Neuromusculoskeletal field. She has worked in both the NHS and private sector. Bally has a keen interest in acupuncture and obtained an MSc in Acupuncture from Coventry University in 2004. Bally is the department lead for Women’s Health Physiotherapy treating ante and post natal patients as well as gynaecological conditions.

Nicola Nash

Nicola qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2001. She worked for 3 years in the NHS before specialising in musculoskeletal injuries. Nicola joined Pinehill in 2004 and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

Paul Shadbolt

Paul qualified from Brunel University having previously worked extensively in the fitness industry.  Paul also has a degree in sports science.  Paul has a particular interest in sports injuries and away from Pinehill works with elite level academy football players. 

Sue Swaney

Sue worked in the NHS for 10 years developing her skills in assessment and treatment of complex musculoskeletal conditions and joined Pinehill in 2001. She gained her membership of the "Manipulation association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MMACP)" in 1991 and is now a member of the MACP committee. She also worked as part of the plastic surgery team gaining valuable experience in the treatment of hand and wrist injuries and is the lead hand therapist for the department. She also practices acupuncture. 

Farah Thompson

Farah works across both the inpatient and outpatient services at Pinehill covering musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy.  With 14 years of experience Farah particularly enjoys the use of soft tissue release techniques. She is also trained in Acupuncture and Women's Health Physiotherapy.

Chris Whybrow

Qualifying in 2008 Chris experienced various aspects of Physiotherapy before specialising in the musculoskeletal field.  Chris’ primary interests include sports injury rehabilitation and the biomechanical analysis of movement.  Chris also practices acupuncture and runs lower limb rehabilitation sessions on Wednesday evenings.

Keira How

Keira graduated from the University of Brighton in 2011. After some time out travelling she went on to work in the NHS for 3 years in a variety of areas. Alongside this she also worked with Watford Ladies FC for 2 seasons providing pitch side first aid and treating/rehabilitating sports injures. Since joining Pinhiell in 2016, Keira has attended Level 1 Matwork Pilates, completed her Level 1 British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) accreditation and a Strength and Conditioning for Therapists course. She has set up and runs an exercise class for patients with back pain on Monday evenings. Keira sees a variety of injuries and conditions with a focus on exercise rehabilitation and restoring movement patterns. 

Rachel West

Rachel qualified from the University of Hertfordshire in 2007. Since qualifying she has worked in the NHS in a variety of settings, mainly focussing in Outpatients. Rachel currently shares her time between working in the NHS for a "Rapid Response" team and working in outpatient clinics on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Pinehill. Rachel is also qualified in acupuncture.  

For more information contact Pinehill Hospital Physiotherapy Department on: 01462 427215 

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