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Specialist Services ManagerDorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services Pan-Dorset Community Services
Sam Leonard is the service manager for all MSK clinics held across the east and west of the county. Sam manages the admin, clerical and clinical teams who provide the service. She oversees all aspects of the service and continues to develop them. Sam is also manager for Community Dietetics, Diabetes Education and Adult Speech & Language Therapy.
Dorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services is staffed by service managers, trained healthcare professionals including orthopaedic practitioners and doctors. They are supported by healthcare assistants and a dedicated admin/clerical team.
Administration Manager Dorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services
ExperienceLynn has worked for 25 years in the NHS, working for the first 10 years in a local GP Practice, followed by five years in the PCT Primary Care Directorate. Lynn then took on the post of Business Manager for the Service shortly after it was set up. Now, she is responsible for administration of the large Dorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services.
Special interests A genuine interest in trying to improve medical services for patients and to try and ensure that patients have more local access.
Future Endeavours To continue to play a role in developing both these services to ensure a high-quality service that meets the needs of patients.
The secretarial team for Dorset MSK is made up of several experienced members.
Carly West Carly worked in legal administration for eleven years before working for a private medical company, specialising in healthcare for prisons. Since joining the NHS, Carly has worked in administration and as a medical secretary for Cardiology, Neurology and Speech & Language Therapy before joining Dorset MSK.
Janice Barton Janice worked in legal administration for many years before joining the NHS. Since joining the NHS Janice has worked as a medical secretary for Diagnostic Imaging and as a ward clerk at Portland Community Hospital. She now supports the MSK team for Dorset Healthcare.
Emma Ashby Emma has a total of eleven years working in Administration / Secretarial roles. Nine of these have been in the NHS as a Medical Secretary in Oncology, then for the Dorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services since it began in 2006.
Together, they share responsibility for the general day-to-day running of the office, including typing of all clinic letters and referrals onwards, dealing with telephone queries and providing first-class support to the clinicians. They are an invaluable part of Dorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services.
MSK have been attending Blandford Day Surgery Unit for just over four years, performing interventional pain injections using x-ray guidance.
Hundreds of patients have received care and attention from the small but professional team at Blandford Hospital.
We consist of five trained nurses and one healthcare assistant, all of whom work across the areas of support for the patient - through admission to discharge with only trained staff assisting the clinician in his delivery of injection therapy.
X Ray is provided by trained radiographers from Dorset County Hospital who are skilled in the use of an image intensifier to assist in the appropriate delivery of medication to the affected area, whether epidural, hips, spinal/facet joints or other areas.
Extended Scope Orthopaedic Practitioner
Training Bsc (hons) Physiotherapy, University of the West of England, 1998 Bsc (hons) Zoology - Reading University, 1993 Society of Orthopaedic medicine - parts A and B Post-graduate level multiple musculoskeletal diagnostic and treatment courses. Injection Therapy Diploma 2011 Independent & Supplementary Prescibing MSc module, 2012
Experience Liz has practised physiotherapy for over 10 years, over which time she specialised more narrowly within the field of neuromusculoskeletal outpatient conditions. She worked for two years on a round-the-world sailing rally before settling in Dorset. Liz then worked for two years at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital before settling at Dorset County Hospital. Liz also worked in private practice specialising in spinal and sports injuries. She joined the team in 2006.
Special Interests Liz has always had an interest in sports injuries and this has lead to a specialist interest in the lower limb. As a complement to Dorset MSK Services she works as an extended scope practitioner with Mr Barlow, our local knee orthopaedic consultant in his outpatient clinics. This involves assessing new knee patients for their suitability for surgery, some of whom have been referred from our service. Liz has recently qualified as a supplementary prescriber. Future endeavours Liz continues to bring her experience with lower limb disorders into the team, working closely with the local knee surgeon.
Extended Scope Orthopaedic Practitioner Lead ESP for MSK Services
TrainingBsc (Hons) Physiotherapy 1992 Member of Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Diploma in Injection Therapy 2009 Member of Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists Extending scope of practise in the upper quadrant MSc module Plus many other orthopaedic courses over the years.
Experience Tracey entered the Physiotherapy profession in 1992 and began specialising in Musculoskeltal Medicine in 1994. She subsequently worked for the RBCH NHS Trust and latterly for DCH NHS Foundation Trust, finally leaving NHS Physiotherapy in 2011. Tracey maintains her Physiotherapy background through Private Practise. Tracey joined the MSK team in 2006, bringing with her a special interest in shoulder dysfunction. Tracey also holds the Lead ESP role, offering leadership to the team in relation to professional and clinical issues, service development and quality improvement.
Tracey's particular area of interest is the shoulder girdle. As a complement to the Dorset MSK Service Tracey works as an Orthopaedic Practitioner alongside Mr Fernandez, a local shoulder surgeon.
Clinical Lead, Orthopaedic Practitioner
Training MB BS (London) 1979, DRCOG 1982 MRCGP 1983 Fellowship, Society of Orthopaedic Medicine 1994
Experience GP Principal in Swanage, 24 years 1983-2007 Teacher and examiner, council member for Society of Orthopaedic Medicine GP with special interest in orthopaedic medicine since 2001 David has been virtually full-time with the Orthopaedic Treatment Service, since January 2008.
Special interests General orthopaedic medicine with particular interest in injection therapy and is now the main clinician in the team for epidural injections. Also interested in developing the use of diagnostic ultrasound within the service.
Future endeavours David is the clinical lead for the team & provides valuable leadership from his experience as a GP with a special interest in orthopaedics. He provides GP training and promotes a high quality, accessible service.
David has Multidisciplinary Clinics including spinal, epidural and facet joint injections - both unguided and using x-ray guidance, where appropriate.
Advanced Orthopaedic Practitioner
Training BSc (hons) Degree Physiotherapy Southampton 1998 Orthopaedic Medicine Membership (MSc Level) Injection Therapy Diploma (MSc module) Advanced Diploma Spinal Injections, London 2010 Ultrasound for Pain Medicine (World Congress on Pain), Milan, Italy 2012 Independent & Supplementary Prescribing MSc module, Bournemouth 2013 Plus many other musculoskeletal and diagnostic courses over the years.
Experience Ryan has built up alot of experience and has a wide knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions. Ryan has worked in large outpatient departments, GP surgeries and Accident & Emergency. Ryan joined the team in 2006 and now works full-time for Dorset Musculoskeletal Services. He enjoys the diversity and mixture of conditions which the service treats.
Special interests Ryan is an advanced practitioner for the service and has a special interest spinal treatment, shoulders, knees and the use of injection therapy. He regularly uses ultrasound to guide spinal injection procedures.
Future endeavours Ryan has multidisciplinary clinics including spinal, epidural and facet joint injections - unguided, using ultrasound guidance and using x-ray guidance, where appropriate. He is keen to promote the use of ultrasound guided procedures where possible.
TrainingBsc (hons) Physiotherapy, University Of Wales College Of Medicine 2004 Bsc Sports Science, Nottingham 2001 Injection Therapy Diploma, 2012
ExperienceMatt has many years of experience both working and competing within the field of sport. He initially trained as a personal trainer and fitness manager for large corporate fitness company following completion of his degree at in Sports Science, at Nottingham. He later qualified as a teacher and went on to lecture in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. His interest in this field led to further study at Cardiff Medical School where he qualified with first-class honours in physiotherapy.
Matt joined the team in 2009 and also works alongside Mr Savva, the orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Dorset County Hospital.Special Interests Matt has achieved sporting honours in rowing and has played and coached a number of sports at a competitive level. He has a particlar interest in foot and ankle conditions.
Extended Scope Orthopaedic Practitioner
Training Bsc (hons) Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham 2002 Extending the Scope of Practice in Back Pain MSc Module Motivational Interviewing Variety of musculoskeletal diagnostic and treatment courses.
Experience Jenny has practised physiotherapy for over seven years. She developed extensive skills in the assessment and treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Jenny moved to Dorset in 2007 and later joined the team in 2008.
Special Interests Jenny first developed an interest in the assessment and management of chronic back pain working in the West Midlands when she was involved in running a pain management programme. Most of her post graduate training has focused on back pain and equipped her with a variety of rehabilitation techniques. Jenny is now full-time as Extended Scope Practitioner specialising in chronic back pain.
Future endeavours Jenny is currently developing services for sub-acute and chronic back pain patients within Dorset MSK involving exercise groups and structured discussion sessions. Jenny heads up our Healthy Back Programme.
She also hopes to complete her Masters level qualification.
GP / Orthopaedic Practitioner
Training Member of Royal College of General Practitioners 1985 Orthopaedic Medicine Diploma.Special Interests Mufeed is the club doctor for Bournemouth Football Club and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal medicine.
Training Trained as Physiotherapist, Prague 1972 Orthopaedic Medicine Dipolma (MSc level) Injection Therapy Diploma (MSc level) McKenzie Trained Therapist (MSc level)
Experience Kate has been a clinical specialist in physiotherapy, treating orthopaedic conditions at Weymouth Community Hospital since 1987. Kate co-founded the original 'Intermediate Orthopaedic Service' (IOS) in 2003. Kate now works for MSK Services and treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
Special Interests Kate has a special interest in general orthopaedic medicine, spinal conditions and back pain.
Training Bsc (hons) Physiotherapy, University Of East London Society of Musculoskeltal Medicine - Modules A,B and C - Ongoing Injection Therapy - Ongoing Various additional Manual Therapy and musculoskeltal coursesExperience Steve completed his physiotherapy rotational training in London and Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals experiencing different areas of a patient's care pathway. He specialised in musculoskeletal therapy in 2010 working in Dorset County Hospital and Weymouth Community Hospital, where he developed his assessment and treatment skills. He joined the team in 2013 and is looking forward to undergoing his injection training.Special interests Steve has an interest in chronic and low back pain, although still has a keen interest in developing evidenced based practice approaches to general musculoskeletal conditions.
Extended Scope Practitioner
Training Qualified from St Loye’s School of Occupational Therapy, Exeter 1990 Injection therapy MSC module (Southampton university) 2007 MSC in Hand Therapy (University of Derby) 2010 X-ray interpretation of the hand and wrist (BAHT accredited course, Derby) 2012 Many post grad courses in hand therapy
Experience Sarah has over 20 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist specialising in hand conditions and injuries in both burns and plastics and orthopaedic services. She has worked in the Bournemouth based Orthopaedic medicine service since its inception in 2002 working in the upper limb team. She has developed an advanced level of skill in the diagnosis and conservative management of conditions affecting the hand and wrist. When not in the Dorset Musculoskeletal service she works as an advanced practitioner in Poole Hospital’s hand unit.Special Interests Sarah has a keen interest in research relating to the hand, and is keen to continue to develop the competencies of OT’s in orthopaedics to increase their opportunities to access ESP roles.
Training BSc (hons) Degree Physiotherapy, Southampton 1999 Orthopaedic Medicine Peripheral, Spinal and Advanced Modules 2001 Injection Therapy Diploma (MSc module), Southampton 2007 Plus many other musculoskeletal, chronic pain, diagnostic and treatment courses.
Experience Elliott has developed a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal experience over the years. In addition to his role within Dorset Musculoskeletal Services he has worked with a variety of lower limb consultant orthopaedic surgeons at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust, and continues to work as a specialist physiotherapist and extended scope orthopeadic practitioner in the trust.
Elliott is clinically interested in lower limb orthopaedic and musculoskeletal management. I addition he also has a special interest in chronic pain and works as an extended scope pain practitioner in a pain clinic with consultant anaesthetists and leads a physiotherapy chronic pain management service.
Training BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2004 Msc Module X-Ray Appreciation of the Appendicular Skeleton 2011 Msc Module Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Injection Therapy Module 2013
Experience Andrew has had extensive experience as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist since 2006 treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. He has specialised his field further in the treatment of lower limb conditions alongside his general physiotherapy practice.
Andrew has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of knee conditions and provides knee specific clinics within Dorset Musculoskeletal Services.
Training Nikki qualified in 1990 as a Podiatrist from South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. Masters Module in Injection Therapy Currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Podiatric Surgery
Experience and Special Interests
Nikki has worked within Dorset since qualifying in 1990, initially providing routine treatments in the community podiatry service. In 1997, Nikki started to develop an interest in musculoskeletal problems affecting the feet. Nikki specialises in biomechanics, which looks at the lower limb function and how it can be improved by the use of orthotics, and now manages the Biomechanics Service. Nikki took up her role for Dorset Musculoskeletal Service (formerly OMS) in 2003, diagnosing and treating painful foot problems
TrainingQualified in Birmingham 1978 Injection Therapy Diploma AACP Acupuncture
Experience & Special Interests
Mitra has completed many orthopaedic courses over the years and has a vast amount of experience in orthopaedic medicine. Mitra also works alongside a lower limb orthopaedic consultant and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Training Qualified in Birmingham 1977 Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists 1982 Diploma in Injection Therapy 2007
Juliet has many years experience and has been working for Dorset Musculoskeletal Services since it was established, in its earlier forms, in 2002. She specialises in the assessment of knee and shoulder problems.For the last 7 years she has worked as an extended scope physiotherapy practitioner at Poole Hospital with the orthopaedic shoulder surgeon.
Training BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of the West of England, 1999 MSc Module - Hand Therapy in Practice (University of Derby) 2012 MSc Module: Radiographic appreciation of the appendicular skeleton (Bournemouth University) 2010 MSc Module Injection Therapy (Southampton University – theory and practical competency passed, case study submitted Nov 2014)Experience and Special Interests
Specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2001, Corinna is now a clinical specialist in hand therapy working at Poole Hospitals Hand Unit. She has a special interest in wrist and hand problems related to ergonomics and posture. Corinna also works as an Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioner at Poole and Wimborne Hospitals with a consultant hand surgeon. Having spent 18 months working in the pharmaceutical industry, she fully supports the need for therapists within the NHS to be at the forefront of ongoing research.
Extended Scope Orthopaedic Practitioner
TrainingBritish School of Osteopathy, Qualified 1990. MSc Module - Pain Management MSc Module - Muskuloskeletal Radiological Interpretation Extending the Scope of Practise in Spinal Pain Acupuncture course Motivational Interviewing course
Experience & Special Interests Worked in the NHS since 1995. Employed as a Clinical Specialist in Back Pain since 2001 Worked in Bournemouth Hospital since 2005 Also worked in Multidisciplinary Pain Clinics since 2010
James has a keen interested in long term back pain problems and the conservative management of disc prolapses. He likes to keep up to date with current back pain research and is am a member of the Society for Back Pain Research.
Pre-Operative Nurse, Podiatry MSK