Committee vacancies will be advertised annually and so any members wishing to get more actively involved should look out for details of these or contact the committee to register their interest.
CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
PPIPS Committee Representative & Chair
Wiz moved into paediatrics soon after qualifying from the Middlesex Hospital. Having worked in the NHS prior to starting her family, she has worked in the private sector for many years including The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, multi disciplinary clinics, schools and children's homes. She worked for a number of years for Scope in the assessment service and has done a fair amount of medico-legal work. Wiz currently works in London in a multi-disciplinary clinic.
Her main reasons for joining the APCP PPIPS Committee is to support physiotherapists navigating the private sector, developing links between all areas delivering physiotherapy to children and particularly the NHS, as well as enabling independent practitioners access to essential training.
Wiz represents sole traders on the committee.
PPIPS Committee Secretary
Heather has worked exclusively in paediatrics since 1977. She left the NHS two years ago and now combines private work at home with overseas trips to less developed countries where she trains other.
She has previously held posts on both the APCP National Committee and the North East Regional Committee.
Heather represents the overseas sector on the PIPPS committee
Sophie qualified in 2007 from Northumbria University. Sophie joined the Physiotherapy team at Children in Motion in September 2016 on a part time basis alongside working in the NHS as a band 6 Paediatric Physio then Therapy team lead for a community children therapies team with KCHFT. Now full time with Children in Motion in Surrey, Sophie manages a caseload of children of all ages, mostly with neurological conditions and developmental delay. She also visits an SEN school two days a week providing therapy input as part of the children’s EHCPs.
In 2016 Sophie trained to become a MAES therapist and uses this treatment approach in combination with other approaches. She has also completed an orthotics course with Elaine Owen in 2017 on the assessment and prescription of Ankle Foot Orthoses Footwear Combination and she continues to successfully work with Elaine, at the London Orthotics Consultancy, in providing her clients with the most optimal orthotic prescription.
Sophie has a special interest working with children of all ages with developmental and neurological difficulties. She is particularly keen to promote joint working between NHS and private therapists with the child/ young person at the centre of this.
Jo has worked in the field paediatrics for over 25 year working in the NHS in a CDC unit, in the community and in schools/colleges. Alongside this she worked as a case manager, a network therapist for the charity Whizz-Kidz and was part of the the pilot study for the Team Around the Child project with York University.
She left the NHS in 2010 to focus on her independent therapy business . Within her case management role she has gained experience of the litigation process supporting clients and therapists pre and post settlement and has become an advanced member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
Jo represents therapists working in litigation on the PPIPS Committee.
Debbie graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1997 and has worked for over 15 years in paediatrics. She has worked in both acute NHS & community settings in North East London.
She now runs the Herts & Essex Therapy Clinic providing rehabilitation for children in Hertfordshire, North East London & West Essex. Her special interests are children with neurological problems, movement disorders and complex needs. She also works as a consultant to Andiamo, an orthotic company at the forefront of 3D scanning who aim to improve orthotics provision for children throughout the UK and worldwide.
Debbie represents industry on the PPIPS committee.
Gomz qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003 from India and also holds Post Graduate Certification in Neurorehabilitation from Oxford Brookes University. UK. Gomz worked for NHS in the last 12 years and also has experience working abroad for about 3 years in varied settings. Gomz started her career in the NHS as Highly Specialist Wheelchair Therapist working for a trust based in North London. Gomz now is a Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatrics practising exclusively in the field of neurology and musculoskeletal conditions.
Gomz also owns and runs a company, PAL Square Physiotherapy Limited based in Basingstoke; delivering community physiotherapy for children and adults in their setting in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Borders. Gomz also supports private physiotherapy practitioners with her role as a Committee member for the PPIPS team
Rachel since September 2017 has worked as part of the Physiotherapy team at Children in Motion, Surrey.
Rachel has always had a keen desire to work with children so when she completed her 5 years of working within core rotations for Northumbria Healthcare Trust, she specialised in paediatrics. Her 14 years of experience within this speciality has included working in the UK, Bermuda and Dubai. This has involved working within the National Healthcare System in outpatient, inpatient and community settings; for Charity organisations in both a rehabilitation centre for epilepsy / associated surgeries and different special needs schools. Rachel, for the previous 7 years, has worked within the private sector both overseas and in the UK within clinic, school and community settings.
Rachel has extensive experience working within neurodisablity, but also does also treat children and young adults with postural problems, musculoskeletal dysfunction and hypermobility.
Gemma graduated from Brunel University in 2007 and specialised almost immediately into peadiatrics. She has thirteen years of experience working with children in schools, clinics, and home settings, both within the UK and in developing countries. In the UK she has worked in Buckinghamshire, Oxford, and London before moving to North Devon.
For a number of years, Gemma combined statutory provision in North Devon & Exeter with private practice before becoming fully self-employed in 2019. She currently works as a sole trader, independent Peadiatrc Physiotherapist within a rural community setting, working with families both privately and through medical-legal cases.
Gemma is trained in Bobath therapy and has experience in conductive education.
She enjoys the close relationships with families that private practice affords and is passionate about advocating and supporting them to receive appropriate treatment, helping children to achieve their potential.
She is likewise keen to support therapists wishing to make the transition from statutory to independent practice.
Graduating in 1997, Helen worked in the NHS for 22 years specialising in Paediatrics after 2 years as a Rotational Physiotherapist. Recently setting up her own practice in Shropshire she specialises in treating children with neurodevelopmental difficulties.
Helen has attended numerous courses which have influenced her practice such as the Elaine Owen Orthotic Course, ORLAU gait analysis course, Advanced Ponseti management, Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and Young Children at the Bobath Centre and the General Movement Assessment course 2020. However, the most influential course to date has been the M.A.E.S Therapy 4 week course and the Advanced M.A.E.S Courses. Helen now assists teaching on M.A.E.S Therapy courses and has set up a M.A.E.S Therapy Skype Tutorial group which provides support for other Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists trained in the approach and is also a member of the International MAES Therapy Tutorial group.
Helen continues to enjoy practicing as an Independent Physiotherapist specialising in the treatment of children with neurodevelopmental conditions and is looking forward to working as member of the PPIPS committee to support the role of APCP members who work in the independent and private sectors.
Beth Williamson graduated from Teesside University in 2002 with an MSc in Rehabilitation Science (with a license to practise physiotherapy). She specialised in paediatrics shortly after this time.
Beth ventured into the private sector, opening The Physio Hub in 2013. The Physio Hub works with children from across the North of England. Beth has attended many specialist training courses including Prechtl General Movement Course, Bobath early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and young Children, Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Training, Bayley III Training and the Elaine Owen, Advanced Course in Paediatric Gait Analysis. Most recently Beth has completed a M.A.E.S Therapy 4 week training course which has brought a new, exciting approach to her work.
As well as working with neurodisability Beth also has a special interest in children with musculoskeletal dysfunction maintaining a paediatric musculoskeletal service within her clinic.
Beth has been a member of APCP North East Region Committee since 2019 with the aim of facilitating effective joint working across both statutory and private sectors to promote 'Best Practice' for all children.
Beth is excited to be joining the PPIPS committee and sharing knowledge and skills within the private sector.