Physio First membership is open to self-employed physiotherapists, and those physiotherapists who work for them, in private practice across the United Kingdom.

We have 18 Physio First regions, each with its own Regional Officer (RO). Our Regional Officers are the key link between members in that region and our executive committee.

Regional Officers are the lifeblood of Physio First. They play a key role in our organisation’s success and help to plan and deliver our future. Their role includes ensuring a smooth flow of communication between members and our executive; resolving any regional issues; attending Physio First committee meetings and reporting back to our members on news and ongoing issues.

Regional meetings are held to support members in any way our RO thinks appropriate. Of our 18 ROs, one is nominated to sit on our executive committee as a full voting member, and representative of all regions. All ROs are invited to take part in two full committee meetings a year.

Our ROs are supported by, and have regular contact with, our Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Regional Officer Representative, and our Physio First office team.

Being an RO is a very fulfilling role and gives members the opportunity to learn new skills covering business and commercial decisions. It also develops their knowledge of how private practice works around the country and internationally.

Our ROs look at likely threats and opportunities facing our members and take part in discussions and debates on meeting any challenges.

So if you’re a member who would like to be more involved in the running of Physio First, to help shape our future and be the voice of our regional members, please contact our RO Rep Tobias Bremer ro.rep@physiofirst.org.uk or our Vice Chairman Karen Willcock vchairman@physiofirst.org.uk.

 

Your Regional Officers

East Anglia Regional Officer

Liz (Elizabeth) Palmer

Liz has been a member of Physio First since 1990 and is owner of Park Physiotherapy. She qualified from Guys Hospital in 1979 and has worked in hospitals in Norwich and Cape Town. She worked in the NHS in England before starting in private practice in 1990, in Dereham.

In 1998 Liz established Park Physiotherapy and in 2002, having mainly worked from rented premises, she moved to a purpose built, award winning property in Hockering.

Liz specialises in musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries and, over the past 20 years has concentrated on developing this area of her practice. In 2014 she completed a Master’s degree in Advanced Musculoskeletal Research and Practice at UEA, with her final dissertation on physiotherapy treatment of cervicogenic headaches. She also has a special interest in treating migraine headaches and tinnitus using gentle cranial mobilisation techniques.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Liz Palmer (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Elizabeth Palmer, MCSP
Leys Farm, Leys Lane, Hockering, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 3JE

Telephone: 01603 881184
Email: east.anglia@physiofirst.org.uk

Essex Regional Officer

Claire Oldroyd

Claire owns and runs Great Bardfield Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Practice. She has been a member of Physio First since September 2003, is currently our Essex Regional Officer, and sits on our education committee.

Having trained at the Royal London Hospital and worked as a senior NHS clinician, Claire has over 20 years experience in the physiotherapy profession, with the past 15 of those in the private sector. She is also an advanced member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. 

Claire has worked with BP on off-shore oil-rigs in the North Sea, and is an ex-honorary physiotherapist of the British Judo Association, having travelled with the squad around Europe and to the commonwealth games.

In 2013, Claire was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the CSP for her voluntary work, and she is currently on the CSP Research and Development committee.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Claire Oldroyd (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Claire Oldroyd, MCSP
Lyndale, Mill Road, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex CM7 4QG

Tel: 01371 810681 Mobile: 07971 635584

Email: essex@physiofirst.org.uk

Kent Regional Officer

Anna Carley

Anna Carley has been working as a physiotherapist since graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 1997.

She spent nine years working in the NHS, gaining loads of valuable experience, before joining her mother-in-law in her private practice in 2006.

In 2008 Anna obtained advanced qualifications in the treatment of all muscle/joint/nerve problems and became a member of the MACP.

She has been a member of Physio First since 2002 and, in April 2016 took on the role of Regional Officer for Kent.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Anna Carley (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Anna Carley, MCSP

Maidstone Physiotherapy Clinic, 116 A London road, Allington, Maidstone ME16 0FN

Telephone: 01622 691251
Email: kent@physiofirst.org.uk

Midlands Regional Officer

Susannah Solt

Susannah qualified with a first class Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Manchester University in 1994. She initially worked for the NHS in central London, gaining experience many aspects of health care, before moving into private practice in Kent.

Having set up Active Now Physiotherapy, Susannah moved her practice to Warwick in 2007.

Between 1998 and 2000 Susannah worked as a physiotherapist with the British Para Equestrian Team, and she has worked as a National Classifier for Disabled Sport.

Susannah has been a member of Physio First since November 1998 and was an Alternate for the Midlands region for a year before commencing her current role as Midlands Regional Officer.


Details:

Susannah Solt, MCSP
Active Now Physiotherapy, Turkey Farm House, Beausale Lane, Hatton, Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 7PE

Telephone: 01926 800101
Email: midlands@physiofirst.org.uk

Regional Alternate

Steven Williams

Steven Williams works at Aldridge Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Walsall. He has over 30 years' experience as physiotherapist,   and been a member of Physio First for approximately 25 years.

 

Northern Ireland Regional Officer

Trish (Patricia) Finlay

Trish has been a member of Physio First since 2001. She qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ulster, and has been practising  for around 30 years.

She has worked in Saudi Arabia and Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001 she established her own practice, Comber Physiotherapy Clinic in County Down.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Trish Finlay (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Patricia Finlay, MCSP
Comber Physiotherapy Clinic, 7a Newtownards Road, Comber BT23 6PH

Telephone: 07753 805 466
Email: northern.ireland@physiofirst.org.uk

North West Met Regional Officer

Paul Gibson

Paul qualified with a degree in Physiotherapy from East London University, having previously studied Sports Sciences at Brunel University. After gaining  three and half years’ valuable and varied experience at Mount Vernon Hospital, he moved into the private sector.

As a physiotherapist  experienced in assessing, managing, and treating a large variety of musculoskeletal conditions, Paul specialises in sports injuries, spinal, knee and shoulder problems, and has an interest in biomechanical assessment of the foot and post-operative rehabilitation. He has been a member of Physio First since 2011 and been in his current role as Regional Officer for North West Met since 2016.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Paul Gibson (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Paul Gibson, MCSP
Ruislip Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, 15 West End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 6JE

Telephone: 01895638841
Email: nw.met@physiofirst.org.uk

Oxford Regional Officer

Lucinda Brock

Lucinda is the owner of Chipping Norton Physio. She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has a specific interest in low back and neck pain, and post-operative rehabilitation.

In 2006 Lucinda completed her MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCL. She has worked in the NHS, and at the Manor Hospital in Oxford, and is also a fully qualified APPI Pilates Instructor.

Lucinda has been a member of Physio First since April 2009, and was an Alternate for the Oxford region for 3 years before commencing her current role as Regional Officer.


Details:

Lucinda Brock, MCSP
Chipping Norton Physio, Lectern Hall, West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5LH

Telephone: 07703 578184
Email: oxford@physiofirst.org.uk

Regional Alternate

Claire Lindley

Claire Lindley qualified as a physiotherapist from Manchester University in 1993 and worked as a physiotherapist for the NHS, and in Ontario, Canada. She has special interests in sports injuries, and back and neck pain. She is also a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Claire has been a member of Physio First since June 1998.

 

Scotland Regional Officer

Kenny Cross

Kenny is a Manager and owner of Sumo Therapies based in Falkirk. He has over 25 years' experience as a physiotherapist and has been a member of Physio First for approximately 12 years.

Kenny has a special interest in sports injuries and manual therapy assessment, and has worked as Head Physiotherapist for Falkirk Football Club for six and a half years.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Kenny Cross (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Kenny Cross, MCSP

Sumo Therapies, 81-83 Mary Street, Laurieston, Falkirk, FK2 9PR

Telephone: 01324 630888 or 07967 446356

Email: scotland@physiofirst.org.uk

Surrey Regional Officer

Jehan Yehia

Jehan qualified in 1996 and has worked in the NHS, and private and elite sports settings. She led sports medicine team for the GB Kayak squad to 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

As a member of Physio First for since 2012,  Jehan remains interested in research and keeping up to date with the current principles for management of injuries. She is in the process of researching strength training for lower back pain.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Jehan Yehia (above), or Tobias Bremer our Regional Officer Representative (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Jehan Yehia, MCSP

34 Breamwater Gardens, Richmond, TW10 7SQ

Telephone:  07967 812704
Email: surrey@physiofirst.org.uk

Sussex Regional Officer

Tobias Bremer

Tobias has always been in private practice and is passionate about providing cutting-edge physiotherapy to the public and developing the profession from within.

He joined Physio First in 2012 and became our Sussex Regional Officer.

In 2016 he took on the role of RO Rep, the link between our Regional Officers and executive committee. Tobias is also part of our editorial team.


The Alternate position is currently vacant, are you interested?

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details below) or one of our office team on 01604 684960 


Details:

Tobias Bremer, MCSP
Flat 4, Esprit Court, New Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 6RB

Telephone: 0740 261 5097
Email: sussex@physiofirst.org.uk

Wales Regional Officer

Liam Duffy

Liam Duffy, is 27 years old, and lives and practices in Rhyl in Flintshire, Wales. He qualified as Physiotherapist at the St George University of London in 2012; he is also a Licensed Acupuncturist. After qualifying, Liam worked in a practice in Bangor before joining PhysioNow as an Associate Physiotherapist in 2013.

He specialises in musculoskeletal problems including road traffic injuries and whiplash and an emphasis on Sports Injuries. Born and raised in North Wales his first language is Welsh and he can liaise confidently with Welsh & English speaking patients.


Details:

Liam Duffy, MCSP
39 Highfield Park, Y Rhyl, Flintshire, LL18 3NL

Telephone: 07738 081738
Email: wales@physiofirst.org.uk

Regional Alternate

Girija Wagle

Girija is founder of, and lead physio at PhysioMatters. She trained and worked at one of the best hospitals in Mumbai, before taking on the role of Senior Physiotherapist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital where she worked for seven years, during which time she achieved her MSc in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation from the UWE.

She has been a member of Physio First since September 2002, was Regional Officer for Wales from 2011 – 2014, after which she took on the Alternate role.

 

Vacant Regions

East Pennine

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960

London

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960

Mercia

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960

North East

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960

South West

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960

Trent

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960

Wessex

Are you interested?

  • Regional Officer
  • Alternate

Speak to Tobias Bremer (details above) our Regional Officer Representative or one of our office team on 01604 684960