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Meet The Team

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Our Company Directors and Physiotherapists

Jayne Steadman and Joanna Ward. 

Our Operations Manager and Physiotherapist. 

Nicole Neilsen

Our Business Administrator

Michelle Wyles

Our Physiotherapists

Kay Simmonds, Sunita De Silva, Kathy Weston, Kate Conneally, Hannah Witherow, Rachel Bray, Amy Tapply, Amy Clement, Sam Orridge, Claire Ronzeau, Sarah Akers and Serena Chan.

Our Physiotherapy Assistants

Kerry Wilkins, Louisa Russell, Lucy Wignall and Emma Parkinson. 

OUR STAFF
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Jayne Steadman MSc PG Cert (Clin Ed) MCSP HCPC

Director and Physiotherapist

Jayne has been a qualified physiotherapist for over 30 years and has worked mainly in the fields of neurological and older people's rehabilitation  in the London area. She gained her MSc in Physiotherapy Practice  (Neurology) in 1996. For the last 10 years she has worked as a Consultant Physiotherapist in community services, working both as clinical expert and professional lead. She has also managed both hospital and community therapy services and continues to contribute to national agendas. 

Jayne is a keen researcher and has worked as a research physiotherapist on major stroke trials. With colleagues, she designed a training programme for carers of patients with stroke which was trialled nationally.  She has published her own research on Falls management and prevention and has presented her work nationally and internationally. 

Jayne holds a Post Graduate Certficate in Clinical Education and has extensive experience as a visiting lecturer on undergraduate and post-graduate physiotherapy programmes at a major London University. Jayne has a keen interest in ethics in healthcare and is actively  involved with national research ethics review as well as lecturing on this subject. Jayne is proud to be a Dementia Friend. 

Whilst most of her experience has been in the NHS, Jayne has carried a small private caseload and is now enjoying spending less time 'managing' and more time face to face with patients.  

Jayne is a member of the Community Therapists Network, the Primary Care Neurology Society, the Society for Research  in Rehabilitation and ACPIN (Association for Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology).​

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Joanna Ward BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MSc Rehab MCSP HCPC

Director and Physiotherapist and Fitness Instructor

Joanna qualified as a Physiotherapist over 20 years ago and has worked in the community and in hospitals in South-East London, gaining her MSc in Rehabilitation at St George's Hospital Tooting.  Joanna has worked for the NHS and private practice.  

Joanna founded JLinks on a joint mission with Jayne in 2016 to provide the best and most effective community physiotherapy and help people live a better life for longer. 

Joanna has strong clinical skills in rehabilitation within the areas of orthopaedics, neurology, complex traumatic brain injury and frailty.  Alongside her strong clinical skills, Joanna has set up and led services, written and undertaken postgraduate teaching and been a Professional Lead in a NHS Community Health Provider. 

Joanna is a keen researcher and enjoys sharing information with patients, families and other professionals to ensure clinical care is up to date and evidence based.  Joanna is a committee member of  AGILE East (Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People) and belongs to the British Geriatric Society (BGS) and ACPIN (Neurological Physiotherapists). 

Additionally, she is a Fitness Instructor and has created and provides FitMove "Frailty IntervenTion" a group fitness and exercise sessions for Older People and those living with longterm conditions.

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Nicole Nielsen MSc MCSP HCPC
Operations Lead & Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Nicole embarked on her journey in physiotherapy by graduating from the University of Brighton in 2009. Since then, she has built a wealth of experience through rotating through and working in various specialties within both acute hospitals and community services across Kent and South East London.

Nicole's passion for Trauma and Orthopaedics led her to specialize in this field, where she has served as a dedicated team lead for the past 7.5 years. Her commitment to excellence has earned her recognition as a member of the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists.

While Nicole has predominantly worked within the NHS throughout her career, she recently expanded her practice to include private patients. This shift allows her to dedicate more face-to-face time to her clients, a aspect of her work that she values immensely.

Nicole's passion for teaching and empowering others is evident through her involvement in student education and her contributions to national audits. She has also presented at national conferences on Best Practice for Physiotherapy in Hip Fracture Care, showcasing her commitment to developing quality care standards within her field.

Nicole believes in taking a holistic approach to her patients' needs, addressing both the mind and body. To further enhance her skills in this area, she obtained her Diploma in Lifestyle Medicine in October 2020. Additionally, Nicole is a dedicated yogi and recently completed her yoga instructor training in India. She frequently incorporates yoga into her patients' rehabilitation programs, recognising its benefits for both physical and mental well-being.

Nicole's dedication to her patients' well-being, combined with her expertise and commitment to ongoing education, makes her an invaluable asset to our team. Whether you're recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or seeking to enhance your overall health and wellness, Nicole is here to support you on your journey.

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Kate Conneally BSc MCSP HCPC MBACPAR

Senior Clinical Specilaist Physitherapist 

Kate brings over two decades of expertise as a chartered physiotherapist to our team. Her journey began with extensive clinical experience in both inpatient and community settings before she specialised as a Clinical Lead in Vascular and Limb Absence Rehabilitation.

For the past decade, Kate has focused on treating complex vascular and amputee cases, often alongside neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, and oncological conditions. Her experience spans diverse healthcare sectors, including the NHS, Vascular and Amputee medico-legal private sector, and private inpatient rehabilitation.

Kate's leadership shines through her ten years of experience leading an acute Vascular therapy service. She also enriches undergraduate programs, sharing her expertise as a lecturer at Brunel University. Notably, Kate was a principal investigator in a study exploring the impact of temporary walking aids on amputees' remaining foot.

Kate's dedication extends to professional associations, where she is an active member of the Physiotherapy Clinical Interest Group BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Limb Absence Rehabilitation). Her involvement ensures she stays at the forefront of advancements in her field.

Outside of her professional commitments, Kate finds joy in family life as a mother of two young children. Her hobbies include gardening, travel, Pilates, and a keen interest in returning to golf whenever time allows.

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Kathy Weston BSc MCSP HCPC

Physiotherapist

Kathy studied for her physiotherapy degree as a mature student after many years of experience working as a Therapy Assistant on a Stroke Rehab Unit. After graduating in 2007 Kathy worked in a wide range of clinical settings in an acute hospital before moving into a more senior role in the Community, working in both early supported discharge and admission avoidance. 

 

Kathy has always been passionate about treating the whole person and being an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. 

In 2013 this passion took Kathy’s career in a new direction and she became a Specialist Care Advisor for the PSP association, providing information and support for those living with a rare neurological condition and those who cared for them. Her role included informing and educating Health and Social Care professionals to allow them to provide the best service for those in their care.

Returning to physiotherapy with JLinks has given Kathy the opportunity to enjoy working with older people, helping them to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.

Outside of work Kathy is a devoted Nana and dog-mum. She loves a challenge and has, to-date, abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, trekked the Great Wall of China, worked with elephants in Thailand and with under-privileged children in Cambodia, and recently climbed Kilimanjaro.

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Kay Simmonds MCSP HCPC

Associate Physiotherapist Vestibular Specialist

Kay has been a chartered physiotherapist for over 30 years. In addition to working as a clinical lead in the fields of neurological, falls and amputee rehabilitation, Kay is a clinical specialist in vestibular rehabilitation which is the treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. Whilst most of her work has been in the NHS, Kay has experience of working in the private sector with patients in the community and in a private hospital setting. 

 

For the past 14 years, Kay has worked in a hospital-based consultant led team in a Balance Centre. She has also set up and developed a vestibular rehabilitation outpatient service in other hospital settings and has taught on nationally advertised courses in this clinical area.

Kay enjoys working with patients with a holistic approach and is passionate about supporting and helping patients to achieve their maximum potential from their rehabilitation.

Kentish born and bred, Kay also loves to travel and to experience different cultures. She lived in Australia for 5 years where she also worked as a physiotherapist as well as having fun exploring the country. Today, she is a proud mum to a daughter at university and loves walking her dog in her spare time.

Kay is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, ACPIVR (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Vestibular rehabilitation) and ACPIN (Association of Physiotherapists with specialist interest in Neurology).

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Rachel Bray Bsc PgDip ACP NMP MCSP HCPC

Physiotherapist 

Rachel qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2005 and has worked in the acute setting in hospitals in South-East London and for the last 10 years has been the lead for Elderly Rehabilitation service within QEH. Rachel is currently completing her MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and is now working as an ACP in Frailty within an outpatient setting.  Rachel has predominately worked in the NHS and has specialised in supporting older people within the acute setting, with extensive experience with falls, vestibular dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and frailty. Rachel has a keen interest in supporting older people and enjoys helping people to maintain their independence by utilising a holistic approach to care.

 

Alongside significant experience within the acute setting with frailty Rachel has experience of working with people with respiratory, neurological and orthopaedic conditions.

Rachel is a member of AGILE  (group for Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People and the British Geriatric Society (BGS) as well as non-medical prescriber (NMP).

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Hannah Witherow MSc MCSP HCPC
Associate Physiotherapist

Hannah qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 and has worked in hospitals across London, gaining her MSc in Rehabilitation at St George's Hospital Tooting in 2016.  Hannah has worked for the NHS and private practice and specialises in rehabilitating people with limb absence, those with complex medical needs or following extended hospital stays, particularly in critical care.  Hannah also has a keen interest in rehabilitation for people living with cancer.

Alongside strong clinical skills, Hannah has led acute therapy services, as well as contributing to undergraduate programs.  Hannah is also a keen researcher. As part of her Masters’ degree, Hannah was principle investigator in a study investigating the factors affecting activity levels for people with kidney disease. Hannah is an active member of the Physiotherapy Clinical Interest Group BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Limb Absence Rehabilitation), contributing to the production of NICE accredited clinical guidelines in this field.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys travelling, hiking and is a keen grower, enjoying time spent working in her allotment. 

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Louisa Russell

Administrator & Therapy Assistant

Louisa is the dedicated Physiotherapy Assistant at The Barn in Stelling Minnis, Canterbury. With a warm and welcoming demeanor, she actively contributes to treatment sessions, providing valuable assistance to enhance the effectiveness of therapies.

 

Beyond the clinic, Louisa visits clients at home, ensuring comprehensive care tailored to individual needs. She completes exercise programs as set by the physiotherapist, fostering independence and helping clients achieve functional goals in the comfort of their own homes.

 

With an extensive background in NHS community services, Louisa's commitment to personalised care is evident. Outside of work, she finds joy in rural life, tending to gardens and animals, reflecting her passion for the countryside. Louisa's multifaceted skills make her an invaluable member of the JLinks Physiotherapy team, dedicated to enhancing well-being and independence. 

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Kerry Wilkins

Physiotherapy Assistant

Kerry is our Physiotherapy Assistant based in South East London and Kent. In her role, Kerry plays a vital part in our community-focused approach, collaborating with Physiotherapists to provide personalised care to our clients. She also works individually, guiding clients through exercises and rehabilitation, empowering them to achieve their functional goals.

Before joining our team, Kerry built a rewarding career in social care, bringing a unique perspective and a wealth of experience to her current role. As a devoted mother of twins, Kerry understands the importance of balancing personal and professional life, demonstrating resilience and compassion in all aspects of her work.

With Kerry's commitment and expertise, we ensure that our clients receive the highest level of support on their journey to improved well-being.

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Emma Parkinson

Physiotherapy Assistant

Emma is a our Physiotherapy Assistant working across Bromley. Collaborating closely with physiotherapists, she provides essential support during treatment sessions. Emma also works independently with individuals, ensuring they successfully complete prescribed exercises from their physiotherapists. Her hands-on approach and commitment to personalised care contribute to the overall well-being of clients.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Emma is a devoted carer for her family, showcasing her nurturing nature both at home and in her professional role. Her love of life and enthusiasm shine through all her work, creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere for those around her.

Outside of her role with JLinks Physiotherapy, Emma's passion lies in the equestrian world. She can often be found at her stables, caring for horses and sharing her expertise by teaching riding.

 

Emma's dedication to fostering health and her love for horses reflect her holistic approach to life.

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Lucy Wignall BSc

Physiotherapy Assistant

Lucy is a devoted member of our physiotherapy assistant team, bringing a unique blend of skills from her diverse background. Before venturing into health and wellness, she earned a degree in German, French, and translation studies and worked as a Personal Assistant in the fast-paced world of Formula One. Lucy's healthcare journey began with a passion for aiding others in their recovery and achieving optimal physical health.

As a physiotherapy assistant, Lucy collaborates closely with our physiotherapists, providing crucial support either under their guidance or during joint visits. Her warm and empathetic nature ensures that patients feel comfortable and supported throughout their rehabilitation journey. In addition to her role with us, Lucy is a dedicated mother to two boys and holds roles as a Pilates Instructor and Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist, further showcasing her commitment to promoting holistic well-being.

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Michelle Wyles

Administrator

Michelle is our Business Administrator. She manages the diary and payments and keeps us all in order.

Michelle works Monday to Friday  09:00am and 2pm Monday to Friday. Her email is admin@jlinks.co.uk.  

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