Dr Josephine Barlow

Consultant Clinical Scientist (Gastrointestinal Physiology)
FAGIP, FHEA

Practising at

Spire Manchester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Josephine Barlow at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Ambulatory (24 hour) pH and Impedance-pH studies
  • Biofeedback training for pelvic floor & anal sphincter dysfunction
  • Hydrogen breath tests for the investigation of:
    • Lactose intolerance
    • Fructose intolerance
  • Oesophageal and anorectal Physiology including manometry.
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

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Professional profile

I started my career in the NHS in 1975, training initially as a Cardiac physiologist within the Cardiology department at Wythenshawe hospital. In 1982 I moved to Hope hospital in Salford to work within the Surgical Investigation Unit which provided physiological diagnostics in both vascular and gastrointestinal physiology.

I also held an Honorary University of Manchester research fellow appointment as the Unit also undertook a variety of research projects in anaesthetics, surgery and medicine associated with gastroenterological physiology and dysfunction. The Unit was renamed Department of Gastrointestinal Physiology after I had taken over as head of department.

In 2007 I moved to an academic post as Principal lecturer in Health Care Sciences at De Montfort University In Leicester. During this time I undertook a Post Graduate certificate in Higher Education and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have also provided a diagnostic service at Booth Hall and more recently at Alder Hey Children’s hospital from 2007 to 2015 on a part time basis.

I have been involved in training medical practitioners since 1984 and continue this training throughout the UK in my role as Director of Clinical training for Ardmore Healthcare who are a distributor of equipment and consumable items used in gastrointestinal physiology diagnostics.

Clinical Interests


Defecatory dysfunction and application of Biofeedback training to improve function. Hypersensitivity disorders of the GI tract.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Higher National Certificate / Manchester Metropolitan University / 1980
Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements

Ordinary national certificate / Salford College of technology / 1988
Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements

BSc (Hons) / Manchester Metropolitan University / 1990
Applied Biological Sciences in Physiology and Pharmacology

Certificate in Echocardiography / Salford College of technology / 1999
Echocardiography Physics and Practice

Doctor of Philosophy / Manchester University Faculty of medicine / 2000
Doctorate by Research in Gastroenterology


Professional memberships

Member of the Healthcare Professions Council
Member of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology
Fellow of the Association of Gastrointestinal Physiologists


Professional leadership

Head of the Department of Gastrointestinal Physiology (Salford Royal hospital ) 1992 to 2007. This role required me to undertaken all aspects of administration of the department, developing training programmes with appropriate professional bodies. Organising and undertaking staff training. Developing and undertaking gastrointestinal physiology diagnostic investigations.
Principal Lecturer & Programme Lead in Health Care Sciences at De Montfort University, Leicester 2007 to 2013. This role required me to liaise with Professional bodies within the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology of which I am a founder member. The curriculum within the undergraduate degree programme covered the speciality areas of Cardiac, Respiratory, Neuro and Gastrointestinal physiology.

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Private contact details

Email jo.barlow@spirehealthcare.com
Private secretary telephone 01457 863295 / 07866804331