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Stephen Hodgson PhD, MCSP

Steve is a Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy and has worked as a clinician and lecturer for over 25 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.

Karen runs a posture and balance exercise class for people with Parkinsons disease, in conjunction with the local branch of Parkinsons UK. She has introduced the PDWarrior programme to Sheffield and is now an Accredited International trainer for PDwarrior programme. Karen teaches across Europe.

Karen provides additional continuing professional development training to local clinicians and she has returned to Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Lecturer and MSc clinical tutor.


Charlotte Pearson BSc (Hons) MCSP

Charlotte graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 and has recently joined the team as a specialist women’s health physiotherapist.

She completed her rotations across hospitals in Manchester and Nottinghamshire and now works in the NHS as a senior Womens health physiotherapist at King’s Mill hospital.  She is passionate about treating pelvic floor dysfunction and removing the concept of bladder leaks being ‘normal’. She also has a special interest in a Pilates based approach to postnatal rehabilitation.


Karen Stephens MSc, MCSP

Karen is currently working as a private practitioner at Hallamshire Physiotherapy clinic and also as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University where she teaches on the undergraduate and post graduate courses. Karen is a Neurological Physiotherapist who also specialises in the treatment of Vertigo and other balance problems.

Alison Macfarlane MSc, MCSP

Alison Macfarlane

Alison is currently working as a private practitioner at Hallamshire Physiotherapy clinic 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

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 MSc, 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.

Bhanu Ramaswamy MSc, MCSP, OBE, PhD

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.

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. Tanja runs the ‘Transform Pain’ classes in Sheffield that continue to change the lives with people living with chronic pain and disability.

Rachel Woodrow BSc(Hons) MCSP 

Rachel has 18 years experience of working as a Senior Neurological Physiotherapist.  She is enthusiastic about using her experience to empower her client’s and improve their quality of life. In addition to being an advance Bobath trained therapist, she is also qualified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Acupuncture. Rachel works at the MS therapy centre and provides physiotherapy at the Hallamshire clinic or at home.Anna King BSC (Hons) MCSP

Anna King BSc (Hons) MCSP


Anna graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2000 and specialises in neurological rehabilitation. She has experience in neurosurgery, neurology, head injuries, spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis, and parkinson’s disease and her special interest is  within stroke rehabilitation. Anna is Bobath trained and also works within the NHS in the stroke rehabilitation unit in Sheffield.


Laura Wright BSc (Hons) MCSP

Laura qualified in 2008 from Sheffield Hallam University. She currently works in Derbyshire as a Neurological Specialist Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in the treatment of Parkinsons Disease and Stroke rehabilitation.

Laura is a PD warrior instructor and runs the PD warrior classes in Chesterfield.


Kelly Beswick BSc (Hons) MCSP

Kelly Beswick qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. She has worked in the NHS since 2004 working in Neurology and found this to be her passion. Following my rotations she specialised in Neurology within Derbyshire Community, and continue to work there for the NHS. She also works privately for Hallamshire Physiotherapy and her main areas of interest are Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Parkinson’s. 

She jointly coordinates the PDWarrior programme for Parkinson’s patients in Chesterfield.

Nils Runge BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP


Nils qualified as a physiotherapist in 2014. After working in private practice in Germany for some years, he moved to the UK in 2017 to pursue a MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy practice from Sheffield Hallam University. Nils finished this course in 2019 and has since been working in a Community Pain Management Service and as First-Contact Practitioner in primary care. This aligns well with his main clinical areas of interest, spinal pain and persistent pain conditions in general.

Nils has a strong interest in research and has finished a postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research at University of Sheffield. He has published numerous academic papers in international journals. His main research interests are in the field of musculoskeletal pain and he is working on research on the association between sleep and pain and how to influence it.

Rebecca Cutts BSc (Hons) MCSP

Becca is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist currently working in both the NHS and private sector. Her particular areas of interest are spinal and lower limb conditions.
She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an Honours degree in 2015 and has since been working at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Her work includes acute and chronic injury management as well as running rehabilitation exercise classes for a range of conditions such as ligament/muscle injury, instability or post joint replacement of the hip and knee.

Becca specialised in MSK in 2017 and has experience in primary and secondary care, working alongside GP’s and Orthopaedic Consultants.
Becca is a keen gym goer with a particular interest in strength and conditioning and enjoys treating sports injuries to regain fitness and functional ability.


Peter Thomason  BSc (Hons) MCSP

Pete is a Specialist Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapist currently working in the NHS, Private sector and sports sector. His experience within MSK Physiotherapy is extensive as he has worked in both primary and secondary care alongside GPs and Orthopaedic Consultants, on the wards with the orthopaedic team following surgery or trauma, as well as for the staff physiotherapy team, treating the NHS staff in the hospital. Finally, he has been working at Sheffield Wednesday football club since 2015 as a Physiotherapist for the youth teams. 

Pete graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 with an Honours degree and is currently studying a Master’s degree part time at the University of Nottingham, in Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice. 

Pete is a keen sportsman. He enjoys playing football, cycling, running and weight training which drives his interest in rehabilitation.


Jamie Millbank  BSc (Hons) MCSP

Jamie is a Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapist currently working within the NHS at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Jamie has worked with in various areas of MSK including fracture clinic, performance lower limb classes and running his own clinics.

Jamie graduated From Sheffield Hallam University with first class honours in 2019, and continues his professional development through regular attendance at professional courses. 

Jamie is an avid sportsman who has ran at national level and also enjoys participating tennis, football, golf and cycling; participating in these sports reinforces his interest in rehabilitation.


Jo Staddon BSc MCSP

Jo graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2018 with a First Class Honours in Physiotherapy and is currently working at Sheffield Teaching Hospital.

Before specialising in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy Jo spent three years working in a variety physiotherapy specialties including respiratory, neurology and medicine. This broad experience supports her assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Jo previously worked for Sheffield United Football Academy providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for the athletes following injury.

Jo is a keen rock climber and fell runner, both of which have developed her interest in treating MSK conditions.

Mathew Thompson Cert Ed

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.