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Clare McDonald

Clare McDonald

Advanced Occupational Therapist - NHS Fife

Clare graduated from Queen Margaret College in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. On Graduating she worked for NHS Lothian in a rotational post, developing skills which led to her specialist knowledge in neuro-rehabilitation. Since 2007 Clare has worked as an Advanced OT specialising in neuro-rehabilitation within Fife Rehabilitation Service. Clare has expanded her role developing expertise in vocational rehabilitation, playing a significant role in developing a comprehensive vocational service for patients with a neurological diagnosis in Fife. Clare has developed training packages on acquired brain injury which are delivered to colleagues in health, social work and third sector.

Email: claremcdonald@nhs.net

Connie Murray

Connie Murray

Occupational Therapist - NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Connie is an Occupational Therapist working within the stroke service in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Connie has worked within the stroke speciality for 16 years and her clinical background includes work within acute stroke, stroke rehabilitation and community follow up as well as care of the elderly medicine and an Occupational Therapy led clinic within a GP practice. Connie is a member of the acute MCN group within Ayrshire and Arran but has also been involved in the research and rehabilitation groups.

Email: connie.murray@aaaht@scot.nhs.uk

Emma Coutts

Emma Coutts

Speech and Language Therapist - NHS Grampian

I have been working as a Speech and Language Therapist since 2001, and have worked in stroke care in acute, rehabilitation and community settings since the start of my career, with posts in East Sussex, Angus and Aberdeenshire. I completed a PhD on post-stroke jargon aphasia in 2006 at City University, London. I have been working as a Stroke Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in the Fraserburgh Stroke Rehabilitation Unit since 2009, and my special interest is helping support people who are living with aphasia.

Email: emma.coutts@nhs.net

Fiona Dodson

Fiona Dodson

AHP Team Lead - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Fiona qualified in Physiotherapy in 1982 and began her rotational career with Argyll and Clyde Health Board, based in the Royal Alexandra Infirmary in Paisley. She moved to the Royal Alexandra Hospital when it opened in 1986, where she developed her skills in Medical and discovered her interest in Stroke rehabilitation. She specialised in this field in 2002 and became Clyde Stroke AHP Team Lead in 2012. Within the Royal Alexandra and Inverclyde Royal Hospitals, she is responsible for a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Support staff, working across acute and community rehabilitation.

Email: fiona.dodson@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Frederike van Wijck PhD MSc BSc MCSP FHEA

Frederike van Wijck PhD MSc BSc MCSP FHEA

Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation - Glasgow Caledonian University

Frederike qualified in Physiotherapy and Human Movement Sciences in the Netherlands. She co-leads the Living with Stroke and other Long Term Neurological Conditions Research Group, with Prof. Marian Brady, at Glasgow Caledonian University. Frederike’s research focuses on improving functional recovery after stroke and other long term neurological conditions. She is especially interested in research on skill acquisition and training to help people improve meaningful activities of daily living in their own environment. Frederike is the research lead for the SSAHPF, a member of the Cochrane Stroke Group, Senior secretary of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation and Vice-president of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation.

Email: Frederike.vanwijck@gcu.ac.uk

Gail Carin-Levy

Gail Carin-Levy

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy - Queen Margaret University

Gail is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at Queen Margaret University. Gail has experience in a variety of clinical and research roles and her research interests are based around stroke care particularly delirium after stroke, life after stroke, and, the engagement in a variety of purposeful activities. Gail represents Queen Margaret University on the forum and is responsible for coordinating the social media activities of the forum.

Email: gcarin-levy@qmu.ac.uk

Gillian Currie

Gillian Currie

Stroke Education Facilitator - Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Gillian qualified from Strathclyde University in 1998. She has worked in a variety of SLT roles in both hospital and community settings. These have included working in NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Forth Valley and also in New Zealand. She has a specialist interest in stroke and neuro-rehabilitation. In 2009 Gillian joined CHSS as Stroke Education Facilitator for Lothian and Borders. She has a particular interest in aphasia post stroke and led the STARs advancing module on communication. Gillian supports the forum to work alongside CHSS and also sits on the SSAHPF Conference Committee.

Email: gillian.currie@chss.org.uk

Dr Jacqui Morris

Dr Jacqui Morris

Chair - SSAHPF - NMAHP Research Unit – Glasgow Caledonian University

Jacqui is a physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer at the NMAHP Research Unit in Glasgow Caledonian University, and an Honorary AHP Consultant in NHS Tayside. Her main research interest is stroke rehabilitation and recovery, and she is particularly interested in upper limb recovery, promoting physical activity after stroke and implementation of evidence into AHP clinical practice. Methodologically, her skills are in complex intervention development and randomized controlled trials, qualitative methods and systematic reviews. She sits on the Chief Scientist Office Health Protection and Services Research Committee and the Scientific Committee of the UK Stroke Forum. Her work has influenced policy and clinical guidelines for stroke rehabilitation.

Dr Jacqui Morris
Senior Lecturer
NMAHP Research Unit
Glasgow Caledonian University
Govan Mbeki Building
Glasgow G4 OBA
Email: Jacqui.Morris@gcu.ac.uk
Tel: 0141 331 8270 Mo

Jennifer Nisbet

Jennifer Nisbet

Physiotherapist - NHS Borders

Qualified from Queen’s College Glasgow in 1987. I have worked at Borders General Hospital, Melrose for over 20 years. I have responsibility for the physiotherapy input to the stroke unit, neurology and care of the elderly services. I also give clinical support to the physiotherapy staff based in the community hospitals within the Borders area. I sit as the AHP representative for the local stroke MCN.

Email: jennifer.nisbet@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Lynn Robertson

Lynn Robertson

Vice Chair SSAHPF - Lead Physiotherapist - NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Lynn qualified in 1983 from Queen’s College, Glasgow and in 2002 undertook an MSc in physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She worked in England for several years an also with Voluntary Service Overseas in Nepal. Since 1991she has worked in NHS Dumfries & Galloway and took up the Lead Physiotherapist role there for Stroke Rehabilitation 12 years ago.

Email: lynn.robertson@nhs.net

Mr. Mark Smith, MPhil, BSc (Hons), Grad. Dip. Phys., MCSP

Mr. Mark Smith, MPhil, BSc (Hons), Grad. Dip. Phys., MCSP

Consultant Physiotherapist in Stroke Rehabilitation - NHS Lothian

Mark trained in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. He was appointed consultant physiotherapist in stroke in January 2006. He has research interests in community rehabilitation, exercise after stroke, pain after stroke and the recovery of mobility. He provides clinical specialist consultancy, contributes to courses at a number of Scottish Universities and has been a co-author of several guidelines and articles relating to stroke management. He has travelled widely overseas as part of stroke education programmes. Mark sits on the National Advisory Committee for Stroke, chairs The Stroke Association Scotland Committee and is the Scottish Stroke professional advisor to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Email: mark.smith@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Rhona Harcus

Rhona Harcus

Occupational Therapist - NHS Orkney

Rona Harcus is an Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Queen Margaret University College in 2000 has worked for Rehab Scotland in Glasgow and then in NHS Fife at the Queen Margaret Hospital. Currently she holds a Band 6 OT post at the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall and has worked there for 14 years. Her caseload is mostly general in-patient rehabilitation, however she also sees patients on the acute ward, within the intermediate care team and in the community. Her special interest is stroke and she enjoys being a lead clinician for the Neuro Therapy Service in Orkney. Rhona has been on the Scottish Stroke AHP Forum for just over a year. Living on an island makes keeping up to date with developments and contributing to specialist groups a constant challenge, so Rhona believes it is fantastic that the SSAHP forum uses tele and video conferencing to communicate with members in outlying areas.

Email: rona.harcus@nhs.net

Thérèse Jackson

Thérèse Jackson

Consultant Occupational Therapist - NHS Grampian

Thérèse is a Consultant Occupational Therapist in Stroke for NHS Grampian.She is the clinical lead for the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Fraserburgh Hospital, Aberdeenshire, and for beds at Woodend Hospital Aberdeen. Thérèse holds several national roles, including occupational therapy advisor to The National Advisory Committee for Stroke at the Scottish Government; The Cross Party Group for Heart Disease and Stroke at the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Stroke Care Audit Group.She is an honorary lecturer at The Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) and at The University of Aberdeen and teaches on post graduate programmes at other Universities in Scotland.

Email: therese.jackson@nhs.net

Wendy Juner

Wendy Juner

Team Lead Physiotherapist - NHS Lothian

Wendy graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 1994. She has specialised in stroke rehabilitation since 1999. Currently she is the Team Lead Physiotherapist at the Stroke Unit in St Johns Hospital, Livingston. Her main clinical interests are rehabilitation of the upper limb after stroke and utilising adjuncts to therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation. Wendy is secretary for the SSAHP Forum.

Email: wendy.juner@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Roy Bowers

Roy Bowers

Senior Teaching Fellow - Strathclyde University

Roy Bowers is Senior Teaching Fellow, Prosthetics and Orthotics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His principal clinical and research interests are in the lower limb orthotic management of neurological disorders, including stroke. He was an "expert reviewer" on the use of ankle-foot orthoses for the International Society forProsthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) consensus conference on the management of stroke in 2003, and is a regular member of the teaching faculty on ISPO instructional courses on stroke management. Roy led the project to develop the “Best Practice Statement on the use of ankle-foot orthoses following stroke” for the NHS in Scotland (2009).

Email: r.j.bowers@strath.ac.uk

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