Consultant Profile

Mrs Diane Stark

Mrs Diane Stark BSc Physiotherapy
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • Allied Health Professionals
    • Physiotherapy
Special clinical interests:

Management of pelvic floor dysfunction. Including symptoms of urinary incontinence, overactive bladder symptoms, faecal incontinence and obstructed defaecation and pelvic organ prolapse. 

Research interests:

Involved in largest randomised controlled trial of pelvic floor muscle exercises for pelvic organ prolapse (Hagen S, Stark D, Glazener C, Dickson S et al. (2014). Individualised pelvic floor muscle training in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POPPY): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. (The Lancet vol 383 March 796-806.)

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Registered with the Health Professions Council
Member of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy (POGP, a UK based professional network of Physiotherapists affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
Member of the United Kingdom Continence Society

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0116 265 3685
Private secretary:
Mrs Claire Rossa
Private secretary telephone number:
0116 265 3642
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Tuesday mornings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Diane aims to provide the highest quality of physiotherapy to women with symptoms related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. This includes conservative treatment and advice for bladder, bowel problems and prolapse.

Diane currently works part-time as a Specialist Physiotherapist in the Functional Bowel Service in Leicester. Before moving to Leicester she worked in a busy teaching hospital in Glasgow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In this post an interest in pelvic floor muscle training and its effect on management of pelvic organ prolapse developed. Research links with Glasgow Caledonian University were established and are still strong. Diane has been actively involved in researching the role of pelvic floor muscle exercises in the management of pelvic organ prolapse and was the lead clinician in the recently published POPPY Study (Lancet 2014). She is now a co-tutor on a course for Physiotherapists on “Understanding Pelvic Organ Prolapse” which is organised by POGP. She is also involved in the update of Cochrane review on conservative management of pelvic organ prolapse.

Services provided at Spire Leicester Hospital:
Individualised assessment and advice for; urinary incontinence; pelvic organ prolapse; faecal incontinence and obstructed defaecation/difficult or incomplete bowel emptying. Pelvic floor muscle assessment and re-training including use of manual therapy, muscle stimulation and biofeedback as appropriate.

Personal profile:

Diane enjoys regular exercise in particular walking, pilates, skiing and cycling. Reading and cooking are also keen interests.

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Mrs Diane Stark

Mrs Diane Stark Allied Health Professionals Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

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