We are UK based team of specialist physiotherapists who provide bespoke functional rehabilitation programmes for active people who have suffered severe or multiple injury but still haven’t been able to resume their physically demanding jobs or hobbies.

By focusing on a collaborative, creative and integrative approach to rehabilitation (compared to standard outpatient physiotherapy) we are able to accelerate recovery (often beyond expectations) and return individuals to doing the stuff they need to do.

We have a small specialist team with over a century’s worth of cumulative experience rehabilitating people who work in physically demanding occupations, have active lifestyles and hobbies, and take part in all levels of sport. Between us we have innovation awards for return to work rehab services, have experience in national rehabilitation projects, and continue to be involved in influencing professional practice within the UK. All our team are Chartered Physiotherapists and registered with the HCPC.

We work with individuals, case managers, solicitors and employers to increase capability for work & leisure to enable our client’s to rebuild confidence, reclaim their lives and rediscover their full potential.

Meet the team

Heather Watson

Founder & Owner - Consultant Physiotherapist

Midlands


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Heather is a specialist in bespoke biopsychosocial functional assessment, rehabilitation and functional restoration for a variety of physical conditions including complex multi trauma cases. She is a nationally acclaimed freelance speaker and lecturer in Functional rehabilitation and Fitness for work. Alongside founding Designed2Move Ltd, Heather runs an educational project (Health & Work Matters) for primary care health professionals working with people who need to return to work, and continues to deliver some NHS and private physiotherapy services including sports injury management & rehabilitation. Heather is also a Nordic Walking Instructor and National Tutor for the NWUK “Nordic walking for Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Course” (NWUK). Click to read Designed2Move story

Jayne Ward

Operations & Associate Physiotherapist

Midlands


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Jayne has a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors working with patients and athletes to better their function. Her varied skill set includes effective liaison with management through written reports and case meetings to best serve the interests of the patient and as a result, the employer. Jayne prides herself on balanced biopsychosocial reasoning and implements a holistic approach to patient care across all of her professional roles. Jayne is experienced in helping patients to recover from injuries, life events and surgery by integrating functional rehabilitation with returning patients to work in an efficient, safe and timely manner.

Juliet Sanders

Associate Physiotherapist

Newcastle


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Juliet is in the rare position of being a UK Chartered Physiotherapist and a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist giving her significant insights into her specialism and the trades surrounding it. Following a successful career in the National Health Service, Juliet pursued employment in private practice and occupational health services in industry. Being highly respected in the field of work-related assessment and rehabilitation has led to Juliet’s involvement in service development across several industries and contribution to evidence based guidelines. Juliet now splits her time between treating humans and animals, applying her expert communication and handling skills to put all of her patient’s at ease. Thorough explanation, education and guidance are at the forefront of Juliet’s treatment plans, as she recognises the importance of restoring a patient’s function.

Liz Prokopowicz

Associate Physiotherapist

Exeter


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Liz is a specialist in musculoskeletal injuries who believes in taking injury management out of the clinical setting and into the real world. Having gained extensive experience working in private practice, with the military and the Firefighters charity, Liz returned to academia in 2012 and gained an MSc in Ergonomics from Loughborough University. She is currently based in the South West, working with a clientele that includes complex injuries, persistent pain and acute sports injuries. Liz is currently developing some educational initiatives, working closely with the local forest park and Active Devon to promote active lifestyles in the South West.

Jack Chew

Associate Physiotherapist

Manchester


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Jack is a proactive and dedicated healthcare professional who recognises his opportunity and responsibility to promote health whilst assisting rehabilitation. His ability to adapt, learn and progress quickly has led to rapid growth in both treatment repertoire and reputation. Throughout his career Jack has led the field of professional development and innovation through his podcasts, webinars and lecture series’. Jack is an innovator in the field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy who is regularly invited speaker on the use of web-based education, implementation of pain education and the application of contemporary movement science and rehabilitation. He retains a part time contract in the National Health Service as an MSK Extended Scope Practitioner.

Penny Broomhead

Consultant Physiotherapist

Leicester


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Penny is an award-winning and internationally renowned specialist in vascular, amputee and prosthetic physiotherapy management. Her insight into these complex areas has given her an eye for service development and a led her to be a passionate advocate of multi-disciplinary holistic rehabilitation. Penny is also approaching 20 years working in disability sport having been involved as a consultant to Paralympic GB as well as other management and Physio roles. Expertise to this level has naturally led to a host of public speaking, lecturing and teaching engagements both nationally and internationally. This is often to discuss her contribution to respected, peer-reviewed guidelines in her areas of expertise, such as amputee rehabilitation.

David Nolan

Associate Physiotherapist

Sheffield


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David is a specialist in working with complex musculoskeletal disorders including those that have failed to progress with previous treatment. He currently leads an occupational health physiotherapy team in the NHS that has been nationally recognised for excellence. He lectures regionally and nationally around the topics of pain, function and movement and handling techniques. He loves to read and study the modern research and has the ability to apply it in clinically meaningful ways that help people move forward. David has worked in the area of musculoskeletal health for ten years, and he now specialises in complex disorders that are resistant to treatment. He is passionate about health and the potential of the body to recover and flourish.

Alison Wheeler

Associate Physiotherapist

Norfolk


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Alison has worked in Occupational Health, on a self-employed basis, since 2002. Through her experiences she has realised the importance in educating her patients, giving them the knowledge to self-manage their issues, while supporting them through the processes and systems required to stay in, or return to, work. Alison takes a holistic approach, in discussing psychological, biological and sociological impactors that could be having an effect on her patients’ progress.

Kathy Roberts

Associate Physiotherapist

Guildford


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Kathy is an expert in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation with extensive experience of assessment, prevention and treatment using the psychosocial model of health. She has experience in both NHS and private sectors and currently works in a consultancy capacity within many different industries. She effectively combines her occupational health and ergonomics experience to provide holistic rehabilitation to the individual client needs. Kathy is also a tutor on several ACPOHE postgraduate courses and is currently ACPOHE’s Education Officer.

Karen Ogle

Associate Physiotherapist

Northumberland


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Karen specialises in bespoke biopsychosocial functional assessments, designs customised functional restoration programmes, facilitating the recovery of individual well- being, following trauma. She has a wealth of experience, having worked with a variety of conditions within acute trauma settings, to case management of complex multiple trauma cases within clinic and home environment. Karen has run small exercise groups to enable people to regain confidence to return to regular self-directed exercise, and liaises with local walking and exercise instructors to encourage continued exercise in the community. Karen has a work background within the NHS, private health, and occupational health. Karen learned to swim following major spinal surgery, and took up open water swimming to raise money for charities, as well as for the major health benefits, and social aspects.

Jane Travers

Practice Manager

Derbyshire




Jane has a wide and varied background - from being a PA to managing administrative activities for the Youth Hostel Association, she has been a self defence instructor in the police service and runs her own business. Jane is the friendly voice on the end of the office phone and helps keep track of Heather and the Designed2move team. In her spare time Jane enjoys finding good coffee shops, eating out, walking, jogging and spending time with her boys.

Additional team members

  • Jason Chillingworth - Associate Physiotherapist


  • Cindy Gaimster - Associate Physiotherapist


  • Nancy Osbourne - Associate Physiotherapist


  • Thomas Obiro - Associate Physiotherapist


  • Katie Mason - Associate Physiotherapist


  • Catherine Fitzgerald - Associate Physiotherapist


Additional support team member

  • Claire Parkinson - Events & Finance