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Karen Hodgson MSc, MCSP – Director

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.

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.

Peter Thomason  BSc (Hons) MCSP – Director

Pete is a Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy and 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. He has worked 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.

Stephen Hodgson PhD, MCSP

Steve has worked as a clinician and lecturer for over 25 year and was a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam & Leeds Metropolitan Universities.  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 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 is a spinal specialist physiotherapist. She also currently works as a Spinal Extended Scope Practitioner with the Orthopaedic spinal consultant surgeons at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, a post which Ruth has held since 2000. She leads the spinal rehabilitation back groups and has a caseload of complex spine patients. Ruth has been on the National Back Pain Pathway Committee as Regional Representative 2018-2021.

Ruth completed her MSc in manipulative physiotherapy in 2006 and has regularly presented her work at the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, the World Physical Therapy Congress and the British Orthopaedic Association. She received the Robert Williams International Award from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2007.

Ruth presented two papers at the Global Spine Congress, Milan, in 2017, one on the spinal rehabilitation of athletes with spondylolisthesis and the second on back pain rehabilitation. Ruth presented a poster at Britspine, 2018, on her special interest in rehabilitation for back pain. She was a speaker at the Primary Care and Public Health Convention at the NEC in 2018 on functional rehabilitation for back pain. Ruth had a podium presentation on virtual back group functional rehabilitation  during coronavirus restrictions at Britspine in March 2021 and was a speaker as well as organiser of combined physical and psychological back pain programmes as part of the National Back Pain Pathway sessions. She has also had work published in various professional journals. She has also done some voluntary work for the Sheffield FC ladies Super League 2 team in 2016. Ruth enjoys sport predominantly playing league tennis , and was a competitive adult ice skater until 2020.

Mark Adams Grad Dip Phys, 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.


Ian Brocklesby BSc, MCSP

Ian qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 and began his career at the Hallamshire Hospital then Sheffield childrens Hospital. He worked in orthopaedics at Claremont Hospital for eleven years and then moved to Hallamshire physiotherapy in 2014 treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. After a recent move back to Claremont he is now back full time at Hallamshire physiotherapy.

Ian is a very keen fell runner, climber and mountaineer, and uses many years experience of these activities to aid in understanding and treating the needs of sports people.  

As well as musculoskeletal issues, Ian is also trained and experienced in the treatment of vestibular disorders.


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 qualified in 2013 from the University of Bradford with first class honours in Physiotherapy and continues her professional development by completing regular post graduate courses.

Her main areas of interest are in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain and movement dysfunction. In addition, she has substantial experience in the treatment of neurological conditions gained at Hallamshire Physiotherapy and from the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Catcliffe, Rotherham.

Tanja runs weekly Strength & Conditioning classes both online and face to face, and is a passionate promotor of movement and strength training for health. She is able to design strength and conditioning rehabilitation programmes which can be individually adapted for her patients.

Previous to physiotherapy, Tanja studied Sports Science and she continues to enjoy an active lifestyle of trail running, adventure hikes, skiing and climbing peaks in the UK and Europe. This experience enables Tanja to fully understand the problems her patients face and how to help them return to the things they enjoy. 

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 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 her rotations she specialised in Neurology within Derbyshire Community and continues 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.

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.



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.

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.

Holly Nicholson BSc (Hons) MCSP


Holly graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015 with a MSc in Physiotherapy. Since graduating Holly has worked in the NHS in a variety of areas ranging from respiratory to musculoskeletal, until finding her passion in neuro where she has remained for the last 4 years.
Holly has worked in various acute clinical settings including neurosurgical and stroke wards and also in long-term rehabilitation units providing her with a depth of knowledge in this area.
Holly enjoys setting herself tough physical challenges such as marathons and cycling coast to coast which translates to her professional career where she believes goal setting is key 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.


Cheryl Thompson (Audiologist)

Cheryl is a Senior Technical Audiologist with broad experience in the Health Care profession, having spent over 25 years within the National Health Service (NHS).

Having trained and qualified at Rotherham District General Hospital, she moved to Sheffield Children’s Hospital with a focus on Paediatric Testing before moving to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield where she spent 21 years.

She has performed a wide range of differential diagnostic hearing tests as well as assessing patients for possible hearing aiding, prescribing and fitting analogue and then digital hearing aids and providing bespoke rehabilitation with the aim of optimising communication skills.

Specialising in Tinnitus and having attended the 22nd European Course for the Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis in Cambridge and more recently a Masterclass in Advanced Audiology, Tinnitus and Hyperacusis at University College London Ear Institute in January 2015, she has continued to expand her work with varied, sometimes complex Tinnitus patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team. She has been conducting appointments to facilitate management of intrusive tinnitus mostly on a 1:1 basis for in excess of 12 years.

 Cheryl is a founding member and active participant in the Sheffield Tinnitus Support Group (STSG), is registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and a professional member of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).