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Stephen Hodgson PhD, MSCP

Steve Hodgson

Steve is a Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy and has worked as a clinician and lecturer for over 20 year and was a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam & Leeds Metropolitan Universities. Recently, he has returned to Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Lecturer and MSc clinical tutor.  He completed his PhD in the rehabilitation of shoulder fractures and has published extensively on this area. He lectures at both national and international conferences. His main area of interest is in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on movement dysfunction and has a keen interest in the treatment of chronic pain and has strong links with Dr Paul Murray at the Chronic Pain Unit in Sheffield. As part of his interest is nerve pain, he has been invited to be a member of the advisory panel of the Neuropathy Trust.

Karen Hodgson MSc, MCSP


Karen is a Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy and was a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Leeds Metropolitan University where she taught on the undergraduate and post graduate courses. Post-graduate students from Sheffield Hallam University undertake clinical placements with Karen and the Neurological team.  She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1987. Her main area of interest is the treatment of neurological conditions including Stroke, Multiple sclerosis (video link) , traumatic brain injury and Parkinsons disease. Additionally she co-ordinates the physiotherapy service at the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham. Currently she is involved with research into educational programmes and Multiple Sclerosis.

Karen has recently introduced an exercise class for people with Parkinsons disease, in conjunction with the local branch of Parkinsons UK, to the clinic. Karen Hodgson is now an Accredited International trainer for PDwarrior programme.

Karen provides additional continuing professional development training to local clinicians and also has a role as external examiner for the MSc Physiotherapy programme at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Recently, she has returned to Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Lecturer and MSc clinical tutor.

Ian Brocklesby MSCP

Ian Brocklesby

As from the start of August 2014, Ian Brocklesby has started at the clinic.

Ian qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1999 from Sheffield Hallam University. He worked within the NHS in Sheffield at the Hallamshire Hospital and Sheffield Childrens Hospital until 2003. For the last eleven years he has been employed at Claremont Hospital in Sheffield working closely with the consultant team in the rehabilitation of their patients. Ian is experienced and highly regarded in the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in shoulder disorders and sports injuries. He has worked extensively with runners, cyclists ( including professional cyclists) and climbers.

Ian is a keen distance runner and climber and understands the needs of the sportsperson and their desire to return to activity and function quickly.

Alison Macfarlane MSc, MCSP

Alison Macfarlane

Alison is currently working as a private practitioner at Hallamshire Physiotherapy Ltd. and also as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University where she teaches on the undergraduate and post graduate courses. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1984. Her main area of interest is in the rehabilitation of sports injuries. Alison has completed her MSc in Sports injuries and is actively involved with many sports teams within Sheffield.

Matthew Withycombe BSc (Hons), MCSP

Matt Withycombe

Matthew qualified in 1997 from the University of Birmingham and specialises in the treatment of sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. He gained valuable post graduate experience working in New Zealand and Australia and is currently finishing a MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University. As a keen sportsman with interests in running, adventure racing and triathlons, Matthew understands the problems that athletes face. Matt also specialises in ‘bike set up’ (see video) and has been on several post graduate courses.

Ruth Newsome MSc, MCSP

Ruth Newsome
Ruth qualified in 1992 from Leeds Metropolitan University and specialises in musculoskeletal outpatients with spinal pain being her special interest. She also works as an Extended Scope Practitioner with the Orthopaedic spinal consultant surgeons at Northern General Hospital.

She completed her MSc in manipulative physiotherapy and has presented her work at the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, the World Physical Therapy Congress in Canada and the British Orthopaedic Association. She received the Robert Williams International Award from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2007.

She presented two papers at the Global Spine Congress in Milan 2017 on spinal rehabilitation in athletes with spondylolisthesis and back pain rehabilitation. Additionally, Ruth has a presentation accepted for Britspine 2018 on her special interest in functional rehabilitation for back pain.

Mark Adams MCSP

Mark Adams
Mark is currently working as a private practitioner at Hallamshire Physiotherapy clinic. He also works in Long Term Neurological Condition Services as part of  the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT.

He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 and his main area of interest is the management of long term conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Debbi Rowley BSc (Hons), MCSP

Debbi Rowley
Debbi qualified as a physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 2001. Debbi currently works as an advanced physiotherapist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and has a large amount of experience of working with children and adults with neurological conditions. Debbi is currently undertaking her MSc at Sheffield Hallam University.

Bhanu Ramaswamy MSc, MCSP PhD

Bhanu Ramaswamy

Bhanu qualified as a physiotherapist in 1988. She is currently working part-time as a private practitioner at Hallamshire Physiotherapy Ltd and at Sheffield Hallam University as Honorary Visiting Lecturer on neurological and professional post graduate courses, and as a researcher. Bhanu is also a qualified Fitness (gym) Instructor. Bhanu was awarded an OBE in 2016 and her PhD in 2017.

Her main areas of clinical interest include elder rehabilitation and the treatment of neurological conditions including Stroke and Multiple sclerosis, but she is better known for her national and international work with people with Parkinson’s disease (see video). Bhanu retains her input to Parkinson’s UK (formerly the Parkinson’s Disease Society) writing a column about activity for their quarterly magazine, co-authoring Fact Sheets plus conducts research into Parkinsonism. She continues to act as Project Officer for a clinical interest group of physiotherapists working with older people, through which forum she undertakes Department of Health and other national projects as well as ensuring standards of good practice are disseminated to physiotherapists working with older adults.

Vicky Keates BSc (Hons), PG Cert MCSP

Vicky Keates

Vicky is currently working as a Private Practitioner at Hallamshire Physiotherapy and also treats patients at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in South Yorkshire.

She graduated in physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in 2005 and specialised in women’s health physiotherapy at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals whilst working in the Jessop Wing. Since then she has treated continence patients at the University Hospital of South Manchester and more recently at the Sheffield Continence Advisory Service. Vicky now works part-time as the Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust treating female patients with gynaecology and/or obstetrics problems, and/or male patients with urology problems.

Vicky is committed to giving the best quality (see what one patient thought of Vicky) of care to her patients and completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health at Bradford University 2011, which she passed with merit. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health. As a former lawyer she has lectured at Masters level at SHU and has also lectured on women’s health physiotherapy locally. She is passionate about women’s health and aims to empower women to take control of problems which respond well to physiotherapy, thereby improving the quality of their lives.

Vicky Keates is now also treating male patients with incontinence and pelvic floor problems. Please see our article on how Physiotherapy helps male pelvic floor problems for further information.

Video on Gynaecological problems and Physiotherapy

Video on Obstetric problems and Physiotherapy

Tanja Hayselden BSc (Hons), MCSP

Tanja Hayselden

Tanja trained at Bradford University and has recently joined the team. She is working as part of the musculoskeletal team and is also providing physiotherapy services at the MS Therapy centre in Catcliffe.

Hannah Strudley MSc, MCSP







Hannah qualified as a physiotherapist from Brunel University in London in 2010. She has recently completed her MSc at Sheffield Hallam University.  She has a specialist interest in the management of symptoms associated with cancer as well as helping people cope with the side effects that may occur following cancer treatments such surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.  This includes managing musculoskeletal problems, fatigue and breathlessness management as well as soft tissue techniques to help with promoting scar tissue healing post surgery. Hannah is an active member of the ACPOPC regional hub with a keen interest in promoting and developing cancer services across South Yorkshire.


Mathew Thompson Cert Ed

Matt Thompson

Mathew is a sports masseur (link to web site) who in 2012 completed a Cert Ed course in Sports Massage. He currently works at the clinic, but has previously worked with the Raleigh Pro Cycling team and Worcester Warriors RUFC. He is an experienced cyclist and has worked closely with many elite sports people to aid recovery and to maximise performance.


Dan Moore

Dan is a Sports Masseur. He has had over 30 years of competitive cycling and 10 years competing in triathlon at all distances.

He achieved a Diploma in Sports Massage and has since continued his professional development to add to his skills set and keep current with new developments his field. Further training has so far included: Kinesiology Taping and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation.

Dan has worked with athletes from grass roots youth level through to veteran. He has worked with professional athletes, including National Champions, a World Champion and an Olympic Gold Medallist.

Throughout 2017, Dan worked with WNT Pro Cycling, and is now looking forward to working with Dame Sarah Storey aboard Storey Racing.