Clinical Senate Council


Bernadette is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist – practicing as a musculoskeletal specialist, working for Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) in the Integrated Musculoskeletal service (IMSK). She has worked for the NHS for 27 years and also has her own private practice. She is a clinical lead for IMSK NHS physiotherapists in Northamptonshire, specialising in spinal and lower limb problems with a particular interest in the knee. She works across trusts in Primary and Secondary care and has been involved in GP and registrar teaching and mentoring. She played a key role as an Extended Scope Practitioner in the locally commissioned spinal service, which has now evolved into an AQP (Any Qualified Provider) service. As a Physiotherapy representative she has been involved in the set-up of the Total Hip and Knee pathway across primary and secondary care and is currently auditing the physiotherapy outcomes. She is an active member of the NHF Trust’s Leadership forum and the NHS East Midlands Clinical Senate. She completed an MSc in Physiotherapy with Nottingham University in 2010 and her dissertation on Patellar Dislocation Primary Management was published in 2012 in the respected journal “The Knee”. This was a collaborative project between Orthopaedics, A&E and Physiotherapy departments, and has led to international interest in her work. She served on the committee of ACPOMIT (Association of Physiotherapy Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection therapy) as a CPD and PR officers and has also taught at Coventry University on the Injection Therapy masters module for Physiotherapists.