We are a team of specialist neurological physiotherapists and trained advanced Bobath therapists. We are all members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and registered with the Health Professional Council (HPC).
As qualified neurological physiotherapists we are all committed to on-going training to keep abreast of new techniques and the latest developments, supporting and learning from one another.
Helen Lindfield Clinical Director and Owner of heads up!
Helen qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 and quickly focused on neurological rehabilitation completing a MSc in Rehabilitation and Research in 1999. She went on to develop her clinical skills by training as a Bobath Tutor. She teaches nationally and internationally and at a number of Higher Education institutions.
She has worked in neurological rehabilitation for 20 years developing advanced clinical reasoning skills and is an expert clinician with skills in assessment, the use of spasticity management, splinting, orthotics and hands on approaches.
She has a clear understanding of the range of rehabilitation skills available to clinicians and more importantly recognition of how these approaches can be used to meet the needs of the individual.
Helen continues to work as a Consultant in a number of NHS hospitals. She is aware of the importance of evidence-based practice and supports the team at heads up! to develop skills in practice in the context of best practice guidelines and clinical expertise.
Emma Walters MCSP SRP
Emma qualified from the University of Brighton in 2000 with Bsc(Hons) Physiotherapy. She then worked at Maidstone Hospital where she completed her junior rotations and started to specialise in neurology.
In 2003 she moved to Wycombe Hospital where she worked as a Highly Specialised Neurological Physiotherapist covering neurological outpatients, inpatients and rehabilitation. She completed her Basic Bobath Training in 2005 and helped to set up the new stroke unit at Wycombe Hospital.
Emma joined heads up! In 2006 as a Clinical Specialist and has continued to treat patients with all types of neurological conditions both in the outpatient clinic and the community. She has attended numerous courses and training days including four Advanced Bobath Courses and continues to enjoy developing her learning and skills.
She is HCPC registered and a member of the CSP and ACPIN. Emma says that the best things about working at heads up! are the friendly team, the opportunity to learn and develop and the quality time spent treating patients.
Zoe Moyse MCSP SRP
Zoe then worked for 4 years as a highly specialised neuro physiotherapist at the Wolfson Neuro Rehabilitation Centre, working intensively with people with a variety of neurological conditions, as part of a multidisciplinary team. Whilst at the Wolfson, Zoe ran a lower limb neuro orthotic clinic with an orthotist and has retained an interest in this field.
Zoe joined heads up! in 2012. She has attended numerous courses, training days and an Advanced Bobath Course. Zoe feels that working at heads up! has enabled her to spend focussed, quality time with her patients, working closely with them to achieve their goals with the aim of improving their quality of life. The team at heads up is friendly and very supportive, with a strong emphasis on continuing development. Working at heads up! has provided the opportunity to work in both the clinic and home environment, allowing for a much more focussed, realistic and empathetic approach.
She is a member of the CSP, ACPIN and is HPCP registered.
Claire Jenkins MCSP SRP
Claire qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons), subsequently working at St George’s Hospital from 2007 – 2013, with a period in between at Stanmore in 2009 – 2010. Claire has been treating complex neurological patients with a range of stroke and neurological conditions during her time at The Wolfson Neurological unit at St George’s Hospital, London.
Claire is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, is HCPC registered, and joined the heads up! team in October 2013.
Sophie Cooke MCSP SRP
Sophie graduated from Brunel University with a BSc (hons) in physiotherapy in 2004. She worked at West Herts Hospital trust from 2004-2008 completing junior and senior rotations.
In 2009 she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she began to specialise in the field of neurological physiotherapy. Over the next 5 years she worked in acute and predominantly rehabilitations settings in a variety of inpatient and outpatient neurological posts. She also completed her basic and 1st advanced Bobath courses. During this period, she took on the role of senior clinician at Northern Health Service in Melbourne, specialising in neurological outpatient and home-based patients. This role encompassed the assessment and treatment of individuals with a wide range of neurological and vestibular conditions on a one to one basis and also providing hydrotherapy and group sessions where appropriate.
She returned to the UK in 2013 to commence an MSc in Neurorehabilitation at Brunel University to develop her knowledge of the increasing evidence base behind neurological therapy. She joined heads up! on a permanent basis in 2014 and plans to resume and complete her post-graduate studies in September 2016 alongside working at heads up!
Sophie enjoys the challenge and variety presented when working with neurological clients to achieve their personal goals over time frames that are dictated by their individual needs. Through her patient caseload and the regular teaching sessions with the heads up! team she is presented with continuing learning opportunities both personally and professionally.
Louisa Taylor MCSP SRP
Louisa began her career as a physiotherapist in 2006 at the West Suffolk Hospital where she completed her rotations gaining good experience in all core areas of physiotherapy before choosing to specialise further in neurophysiotherapy.
She worked in a Specialist College for young adults with neurological conditions, where she worked with students in the physiotherapy gym or hydrotherapy pool carrying out individually tailored exercise and stretch programmes, as well as working with education staff to promote 24 hour postural management using therapeutic equipment.
She then went on to work for 4 years in the Complex Trauma Team at Headley Court rehabilitating injured service men and women. She provided hands on therapeutic input on a one to one basis and also ran groups sessions including teaching wheelchair skills and balance specific classes. She also provided treatment in the hydrotherapy pool.
She later worked in a part-time clinical and research role where she worked with clients with neurological conditions in a clinic setting or in their own home whilst also assisting in a research study for individuals with spinal cord injuries using an exoskeleton.
She then went on to work for a charity specialising in providing support and treatment for individuals with neurological conditions. Treatment sessions were either delivered on a one to one basis in an individual’s own home or at the centre, or within a group setting depending on the assessed needs of the client. Within these group sessions she would provide education, advice, exercise and information regarding appropriate community activities. She was responsible for running the hydrotherapy service and setting up a gym service to help improve confidence and break down barriers to accessing the gym. She also started anexercises in water class for carers, to ensure they were maintaining their health also.
Louisa has carried out voluntary work for the GB Wheelchair Basketball team and development squad, Battle Back – a military charity promoting rehabilitation through sport and Back Up a Spinal Cord Injury Charity where she assisted with adaptive water skiing sessions.
Louisa is HPCP registered, a member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists), a member of ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology)and MASCIP (Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals). Louisa completed her Introductory Bobath Course in 2009. She also has experience working with functional electrical stimulation (FES).
The variety of settings Louisa has worked in, have helped shape her skills as a practitioner and ensures her assessment and treatment are holistic in nature. She is keen to work with individuals to help them achieve their optimum level of function and independence.
Louisa joined the Heads Up team in May 2017.
Georgie qualified from the University of East Anglia in 2004 with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. She then worked for the NHS Lothian completing her junior rotations followed by completion of her senior rotations at Hillingdon Hospital.
In 2007 Georgie moved worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where she worked as a senior specialist in spinal injuries. In 2009 Georgie moved into working in the community providing physiotherapy for neurological patients in their home for Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Caterham Dene Hospital and for the last 2 years has been working for the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
Georgie Joined heads up! in January 2017 as a clinical specialist treating patients with all types of neurological conditions. She is HCPC registered and a member of the CSP and ACPIN.
Sally is our Practice Manager and will probably be the voice on the other end of the phone when you call. She joined the team in 2003 after 11 years at a local GP’s practice. During her time there, she completed a Diploma in Practice Management at Carshalton College, gaining a distinction.