MCSP, BSc (Hons), PGrad Dip CBT, PhD
I graduated from Keele University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1997. I then worked within the NHS and private sector specialising in the area of musculoskeletal outpatients.
During this time I developed a special interest in chronic pain management that led me to undertake a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the University of East Anglia from 2002-3. Over the last 12 years I have trained nearly 2000 health professionals in CBT skills.
In 2004 I joined the University of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit as a Clinical Research Fellow investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural (CB) group approach to chronic low back pain (Back Skills Training Trial; BeST). My PhD, conducted at the University of Warwick, investigated the competence of physiotherapists to deliver CB approaches and was awarded in 2014 (click here for my thesis). I am currently working at the University of Oxford in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in CBT. Current projects include involvement in a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of CBT in all mental health and physical health conditions. I am a co-applicant on the BOOST programme looking at the optimal management of spinal stenosis, and a co-applicant on the GRASP trial looking at conservative management of rotator cuff disorder.
I am a clinical specialist physiotherapist at my local hospital where I see a range of patients who might benefit from psychologically informed physiotherapy.
I live in the Wirral with my husband and two young children, all of whom are highly obedient. I am also prone to fantasies about an ordered home life.
One and two day courses on the cognitive behavioural approach in the management of predominantly physical health problems.
So far I have trained over 1200 health professionals in CBT approaches, these include:- Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Anaesthetists, Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language therapists, Social Workers, and Dieticians
Clinical areas that these professionals have come from are diverse and include pain management, musculo-skeletal out-patients, neurology, respiratory, paediatrics, community, diabetes, and rheumatology.
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The cognitive behavioural (CB) approach has been applied successfully in the management of chronic pain for a number of years and is now being applied to aid the management of many on-going health conditions such as :-
..with this list increasing year on year. The approach is also being used within acute settings to target the biopsychosocial risk factors for chronicity / disability (also known as “yellow flags”).
See here for an interview I did with Strength Physio on the use of a CB approach in the management of pain.
The CB model is a psychological model that links thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is a deceptively simple model that gives us a framework for understanding why we do the things we do.