MEET THE TEAM

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OUR TEAM

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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 MSc MCSP HCPC

Director and Physiotherapist

Joanna qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 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 and specialises in supporting Older People before and after admission to hospital.  Joanna has a keen interest in supporting Older People and looks for opportunities to offer physiotherapy and rehabilitation to those who need and would like support beyond that which is being offered by mainstream services.

Alongside strong clinical skills, Joanna has set up and led services, written and undertaken postgraduate teaching and been a Professional Lead.  Joanna has lead numerous clinical audits.  A recent position has seen her be responsible for an organisation’s clinical audit programme as well as monitoring and assuring the quality of care provided by around 200 of the Organisation’s Allied Health Professionals. 

 

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 member of  AGILE  (group for Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People and the British Geriatric Society (BGS).  Joanna is also a member of People Dancing and enjoys leading dance inspired movement sessions and inclusive dance classes.  She is currently providing FitMove and dance inspired activity sessions for Age UK Bexley.

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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.

Kathy enjoys working with older people, helping them to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.

Returning to physiotherapy with JLinks gave Kathy the opportunity to continue that work whilst giving her the flexibility to provide support to her father.

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. Her next adventure is climbing Kilimanjaro. She also likes to run a bit!

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Kay Simmonds MCSP HCPC

Associate Physiotherapist

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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Samantha Thom  BSc MCSP HCPC

Associate Physiotherapist

Samantha qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003.  After initially working in hospital settings in a broad range of clinical areas,  Samantha has specialised in working in community services.  She has worked as a Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for a large community team in Bromley.  

 

Samantha has very strong clinical skills in supporting people with a neurological diagnosis, as well as those with orthopaedic problems or who have long term conditions. She also has strong clinical skills and experience in treating people in the community setting who have respiratory conditions.  She is passionate about supporting patients to become as independent as possible at home. Samantha is able to support her patients beyond just their physical needs as she is a tenacious problem-solver and prides herself at being a good patient advocate. 

 

She has significant experience working with people who have dementia and this is an area she enjoys. Samantha’s other special interests include general rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory problems and acupuncture for pain relief.

 

Samantha has completed the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme with the NHS Leadership Academy.

She is  a member of both AGILE (a group for Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People) and the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).

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Sunita de Silva Bsc MCSP HCPC

Associate Physiotherapist

Sunita qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2000 and has worked in several London NHS teaching hospitals as well as spending extensive time working in community settings. Sunita has experience in a variety of settings including Older Persons, Urgent & Intermediate Care, Orthopaedics and Adult Rehabilitation, and for the past 10 years has specialised in Adult Neurology with a particular interest in helping people to manage progressive neurological conditions well and to maximise function. Stroke rehabilitation is a primary dimension of work that she is passionate about, together with strength, balance, movement rehabilitation.

Outside of work Sunita has an interest in complementary therapies and practices reflexology to assist people to relieve stress and held tensions, and to address imbalances in a holistic way.

Sunita is a member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology).

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Sarah Baxter Msc MCSP HCPC

Associate Physiotherapist

Sarah gained her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2012. She has since worked in the NHS and Private setting in a London Hospital and in Kent. Prior to Physiotherapy, Sarah studied for her BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and has a general interest in health and well-being, as well as rehabilitation. 

 

Sarah has specialist interest in the Orthopaedic setting, treating patients pre and post operatively. She has worked closely with elective and trauma patients. Sarah is passionate about delivering excellent care to her clients and ensuring they reach their own goals where possible. Sarah has a keen interest in research and has undertaken clinical audits within this setting. 

 

Whilst not at work Sarah enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her young family.

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Michelle Wyles

Administrator

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

She works between 10:00am and 2pm Monday to Friday. Her email is admin@jlinks.co.uk  This email is monitored 09:00am to 17:00 hrs Monday to Friday. 

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Louisa Russell

Administrator & Therapy Assistant

Louisa is the Physiotherapy assistant at the Barn in Stelling Minnis, Canterbury.  She meets and greets clients attending for physio and helps with the treatment sessions.  Louisa visits people at home helping to achieve their independence and functional goals. 

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Kerry Wilkins

Therapy Assistant

Kerry is our Physiotherapy Assistant in South East London. She works in the Community visiting clients with the Physiotherapists and also individually to help clients with their exercises and rehabilitation to achieve their functional goals.