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Stephen Hodgson PhD, MSCP

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.

Morgan Lowe MSc MCSP

Morgan is the specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist at the clinic.  She is an expert in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology physiotherapy.  She currently works at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield as service lead for the Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapy Service.

Morgan qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy and completed her rotations at Kings Mill hospital before specialising in MSK and obstetric physiotherapy at PhysioWorks Sheffield and a small private physiotherapy company.

Morgan has a special interest in research, and having competed her MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Sheffield in 2015 has had published several papers and presented at World Physiotherapy Congress. Women’s Health Physiotherapy offers a mix of both Obstetrics and Gynaecology patient options.


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 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 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.

Rachel Hanson MCSP

Rachel qualified as a physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. She worked initially in Birmingham Heartlands hospital working on the stroke wards and in the neurological outpatient department. She has worked in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for the last 5 years and currently specialises in Orthopaedics, Burns and plastics and amputees. She has a keen interest in Neurological physiotherapy and rehabilitation and is currently a committee member for the neurological physiotherapy special interest group (ACPIN) organising training courses and lectures for other therapists in the South Yorkshire area.

Su Symonds MCSP

I have been the lead therapist for the respiratory medicine team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for 7yrs and working as a specialist respiratory therapist for 15 years in both Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital.  I am confident in treating a variety of respiratory conditions to aid sputum clearance and mange breathlessness.

 My specialist interest lies with patients with breathing pattern disorders such as hyperventilation syndrome / dysfunctional breathing / vocal cord dysfunction.  These patients are then educated and treated based on the Papworth and Buteyko methods to re-establish an efficient pattern of breathing and reduce symptoms.

I am a member of the Physiotherapy for breathing pattern disorders group and Association of Chartered physiotherapists in Respiratory Care.

Nils Runge BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP


Nils qualified as 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.
Besides his clinical work, Nils is currently studying a postgraduate Diploma course in Clinical Research at University of Sheffield. He is also a published author in the field of neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation and is currently involved in writing a book chapter on the evidence-base of manual therapy in common knee and hip conditions.


Jenny Jones

Jenny completed her MSc in Physiotherapy at Leeds Beckett University and currently works as a specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatrics at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Jenny’s specialism is working with complex to mild neurological conditions from babies to young adults. Jenny adopts a health coaching style to help children and families devise and achieve their goals. Jenny prides herself in delivering a flexible, person-centred approach which focuses on making rehabilitation fun and engaging. Jenny offers flexibility in her delivery, selecting the environment most beneficial to her patients.

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.


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.