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Amy Irlam, Physiotherapy Manager
Since qualifying in 2004 from the University of Teesside, Amy completed junior rotations at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle before progressing to senior orthopaedics physiotherapist at Barnsley NHS Foundation trust.
Amy left the NHS in 2009 and moved to Cyprus where she worked for the MOD assessing and treating both in-patients and out-patients. On returning to the UK in 2011 she worked for Spire Hospital, Southampton as a specialist physiotherapist. Here she worked alongside some of the leading orthopaedic surgeons and gained valuable experience pf the specific rehab protocols for complex / specialist orthopaedic surgery. She was also able to gain experience of treating patients undergoing general surgery and cardiac surgery and regularly treated patient in ITU.
Amy is a member of two special interest groups, the ACPA (Arthroplasty Care Practitioners Association) and the ATOCP (Association of Trauma Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists)
Joshua Jones-Greyson, Senior Physiotherapist
Joshua graduated in 2011 from Manchester Metropolitan University and returned to his hometown of Sheffield to take up a post at Claremont Private Hospital as a Physiotherapist. Since working here he has had involvement in service development, enhanced his skills treating and assessing orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions and worked closely with leading orthopaedic consultant surgeons.
After completing numerous post-graduate courses, Joshua has developed a special interest in shoulders. He has an unfortunate reason for his interest in knee injuries after a sporting knee injury in 2012, lead to an operation and lengthy rehabilitation; meaning he is well equipped to empathise and use personal experience to help reassure and facilitate patient recovery.
Joshua has now progressed to the role of Senior Physiotherapist and has a keen interest in helping people return to an active lifestyle, as well as guiding people with the necessary steps to begin living a more active lifestyle suited to the individual. He himself has a love for sport and exercise, which has increased his understanding of not only exercising, but overall lifestyle management.
Samantha Cook, Hand Physiotherapist
Sam joined the team part-time in May 2016, in order to provide specialist hand therapy treatment. She qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham in 1997 and has worked at Doncaster, Montague and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and is currently Advanced Hand Therapist at Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust.
Sam completed her MSc in Hand Therapy from the University of Derby in 2015 and was awarded accreditation from the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) in the same year. Having worked alongside a number of orthopaedic and specialist hand surgeons, Sam continues to gain extensive experience in the management of a variety of acquired and traumatic wrist and hand conditions. At Claremont, Sam is able to provide custom made splinting, exercises and rehabilitation of the wrist and hand, and scar management therapies.
Alison Darwin, Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
Alison started at Claremont in 1999 and in 2008, made the switch from Operating Theatre Administrator to Physiotherapy Assistant.
Since her transition to a patient facing role, Alison has completed her NVQ Level 2 and Diploma Level 3 in Health & Social Care gaining skills to support the work of the Physiotherapists in promoting patient independence on the ward and at home. Working alongside the Physiotherapists, Alison has been instrumental in delivering some our hip classes and joint schools.
For most people, coming into hospital for a procedure is a new experience. Alison says “My personal job satisfaction is helping people feel comfortable and at home during their stay, as I appreciate coming into hospital can be an anxious time for anyone.”
Joanne Straw, Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
Joanne has been at Claremont since 2004, working on Main Reception, Patient Admissions and now with the Physiotherapy team.
Joanne has completed her Diploma 3 in Health & Social Care and has trained in-house alongside the Senior Physiotherapists to promote patient independence on the ward and at home. She has played a key role in developing and running Hip & Knee classes and says that “Working as part of the Physiotherapy team is the perfect job for me as it enables me to use both my clinical and clerical skills.” She finds assisting patients with their recovery after joint replacement surgery very rewarding.
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