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Our physiotherapy team

Our chartered physiotherapists are highly experienced in treating muscle and joint conditions.

They use up to the minute research to ensure best clinical practice and work in close liaison with consultants and GPs to determine if further investigation is required. This ensures that as a patient you receive a highly focused course of treatment suited to your individual needs. We aim to provide the best treatment and advice in order to help return you to normal mobility as soon as possible.

All of our physiotherapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCP) and are members of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

Nita Bayliss Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, HPC

Pysiotherapy Manager - Shoulder and Limb Specialist
Nita is a highly experienced musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapist and having completed extensive postgraduate courses has a keen interest in the assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries.

Nita is also a specialist in lower limb rehabilitation after general orthopaedic injuries and surgery.


Julia Kennedy BSc (Hons) MCSP, HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
Qualifying in 2010 from the University of East Anglia with a First class Honours degree, Julia has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic rehabilitation, focusing on Maitland Mobilisations, exercise therapy, soft tissue and manual therapy.

Julia spent over a year working in a musculoskeletal and orthopaedic research team and has wide experience working in multiple rehabilitation settings including Norwich City Football Academy.


Carla Handy BSc (Hons), HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
Carla qualified from Coventry University in 2013. Since then she has gained considerable experience in a variety of physiotherapy areas. Her interests are more specifically in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and orthopaedics in both inpatient and outpatient environments.

Carla is part of our inpatient physiotherapy team; her primary job role is treating patients post-operatively and pre-assessing patients before orthopaedic surgery. Carla has a personal interest in gym work, running outdoors and surfing.


Carl Simpson BSc (Hons), MCSP, HPC, MACPIN

Neurology and Rehabilitation
Carl has over twelve years' experience in neurological rehabilitation and adopts an eclectic approach to treatment. Carl also has an interest in general musculoskeletal outpatient treatment including sacroiliac joint assessment, Anterior Cruciate Ligament rehabilitation and general lower limb dysfunction.


 Gurpal Matharu  BSc, HPC, AACP, MCSP 

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist 
Gurpal qualified from Coventry University in 2011. Following graduation Gurpal has gained experience in both private and civil sectors as an MSK physiotherapist. He now works in the out-patient clinic at Spire Leicester as a musculo-skeletal physiotherapist.

Gurpal’s special interests lie in back pain management and treatment of tendinopathy related issues. He has completed post graduate Masters qualifications in injection therapy, acupuncture, manual therapy and manipulation treatment.


 Kuldeep Bains  MCSP SRP BSc, MSc in Physiotherapy, HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
Kuldeep is an experienced musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapist with a special interest in combat sport related injuries. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Sports Science, Kuldeep completed his Physiotherapy (MSc) in 2008 and has since completed masters’ level training in both Acupuncture (AACP) and manual therapy for the upper quadrant (MACP). 

He has many years of experience working with complex musculoskeletal presentations and is currently working towards becoming an extended scope physiotherapist.  


 Charlotte Martin  BSc, HPC, AACP, MCSP 

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
Charlotte graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 and has developed an interest in lower limb biomechanics and sports rehabilitation.

Since graduating she has completed a Master’s degree in Manual Therapy with Coventry University and post graduate courses in acupuncture and the biomechanics of running and pain management. Charlotte's treatment emphasis is on return to function, work or sport.


 Annette Castleford Grad Dip Phys,MCSP, HCP

Senior in-patient physiotherapist
Annette is our Senior in-patient Physiotherapist and has extensive experience working on the wards looking after patients both pre and post-operatively. She has great links with social services to provide appropriate home care guidance and equipment for patients on discharge from hospital and provide an occupational therapy service for the pre-assessment of patients being admitted for joint replacements.

Annette provides follow-up information to the outpatient physiotherapists and organises post-operative outpatient appointments.


 Liz Gibson MCSP, HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist

Liz qualified from Leicester University in July 2014 after previously working with an international swimming team as a sports massage therapist ans as a physiotherapy assistant for the French Olympic Volleyball team. She now works here at Spire Leicester as one of our out-patient Physiotherapists.

Liz has experience looking after patients post-operatively and with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. She has attended post graduate courses in using Maitland’s mobilisation, exercise therapy and acupuncture and her qualification in sports massage, enables her to offer a holistic approach to rehabilitation.


Sinèad Kilcourse MA, BSc(Hons), MCSP, HPC
Musculoskeletal physiotherapist

 On completion of her undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion  in 2007 and her Masters degree in Child, Family and Community Studies in 2011, Sinèad qualified as a physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2014.  She currently works in the outpatient physiotherapy department.

 Sinèad has developed a wide range of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal specialities with a keen interest in sport and health promotion using holistic and functional approaches to rehabilitation.

She is AACP trained in acupuncture as well as APPI trained in Pilates. Along with these treatments she also uses exercise therapy, manual and soft tissue therapies.


Kora Roznicka MSc (Hons) MCSP, HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist

Kora qualified from Medical University in Poland in 2009 and works as an in-patient and out-patient physiotherapist. She specialises in working with people with both orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

Kora currently runs the rehabilitation class for post-surgical knee replacements and loves the‘hands-on’ aspect of working with patients, supporting them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.


Abbey Wright BSc (Hons), HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist

Abbey qualified from Coventry University in 2014 and now works in both in-patient and out-patient clinics. She has had extensive experience in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in both acute and chronic cases. Abbey is also the lead in the knee replacement rehabilitation classes here at Spire.

She has special interests in treating weight training athletes as well as post-operative care. Her skills include exercise prescription, manual therapy and motivational interviewing. Abbey’s approach to treatment is holistic and patient centred.


 Lucy Hollingsworth MSCP, HPC

Specialist Paediatric physiotherapist
Lucy qualified in 2003 from Bradford University. Having followed a graduated path in Physiotherapy, she decided to specialise in the area of Children’s and Young People’s physio in 2008. She has gained a broad experience in a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions within different settings including hospitals, schools and the community.

Lucy joined the team here at Spire Leicester in May 2017, bringing a wealth of knowledge to enhance our paediatric physiotherapy service.


Margie Critchley B.Phys, MCSP, HPC

Women's Health Specialist
Part time Senior Physiotherapist

Womens  Health Physiotherapist specialising in the treatment  of conditions with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain. Training and strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles is a core part of the treatment, is highly clinically effective and recommended in the NICE Guidelines. Margie graduated from Queensland University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1980 and has 20 years' experience in women's health physiotherapy both in the NHS and privately. Margie is currently involved in a one year pilot study with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for ‘ self referral ‘ for women with bladder or pelvic floor problems.


 Gill Watkin Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, HPC

Respiratory Specialist
Gill is a Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist with over 25 years' experience working with all types of medical respiratory conditions. She has extensive experience treating dysfunctional breathing/hyperventilation and chronic cough problems.

She is a committee member for the group Physiotherapy for Hyperventilation and took part in an Asthma and Dysfunctional breathing research trial in 2008. More recently she has gained experience helping athletes with reduced exercise performance to re-balance breathing patterns and avoid disproportionate breathlessness.


Nasreen Sau  MCSP SRP BSc (Hons), HPC

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist
Nasreen qualified from Coventry University in 2012 and now works as a bank Physio here in Leicester. She has a special interest in upper limb conditions.

Nasreen has a strong interest in the treatment of hands and has been developing the Hand Therapy service for Spire Leicester hospital along with Julia Kennedy. She is fluent in 4 different languages including English, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu.


 Jo Marlow

Physiotherapy Assistant
Jo joined the Physio team as a Physiotherapy Assistant in 2013 and provides all the administrative support for the department. Jo also assists the department in the delivery of clinical care.