Paul Orme – Head of Physiotherapy
I initially came to the centre in 2012 as a student from Keele university and fell in love with the holistic approach to treatment and the serenity of the surroundings.
Following graduation, I joined the centre as a volunteer physio for several months and have since progressed to lead the physiotherapy team.
My role is to ensure our service offers the highest standards and best experience for the people in our care. I ensure that our staff have opportunities to develop and further their skills and knowledge. I also participate in leadership decisions regarding the whole centre, while also maintaining a clinical caseload.
I am particularly interested in exercise, cardiac rehabilitation, and wellbeing and I'm proud of NMC’s accessible gym which enables people with neuromuscular conditions to safely achieve the many benefits of exercise and activity.
Jonny Slimming – Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
I most recently joined NMC in 2023 after having worked for 5 years as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Liverpool. I previously spent 8 very happy years working here between 2010 and 2018. I love many things about NMC; the person-centred approach to physiotherapy empowers people to make decisions about their own health and wellbeing, as well as the amazing and knowledgeable community of people who attend here.
My role as Clinical Lead Physiotherapist involves supporting the other team members in developing their knowledge and skills, as well as liaising with regional and national professional networks to ensure NMC continues to provide an up-to-date and excellent service.
Louise Clark – Senior Therapy Assistant
I studied Sports Therapy and initially worked as a paediatric physiotherapy assistant at Hebden Green School & Springfield School. A physiotherapy assistant post became available in January 2014, at the NMC and I haven’t looked back!
My job role responsibilities involve all soft tissue therapies, active exercise, mental health first aid and mentoring the physio assistants.
The ethos of the Neuromuscular Centre is phenomenal. I enjoy the family feel and upbeat atmosphere. There is certainly no ‘Monday morning’ feeling! The highlights are certainly meeting and getting to know all of our service users and working within such a tight-knit team.
My aspirations are to keep up to date with all new findings and treatments, so we continue to be a centre of excellence at the forefront of physiotherapy.
Tori Dakin - Physiotherapist
I met the NMC team whilst on my final Physiotherapy placement in 2021 and I was drawn to the warm and welcoming centre. After graduating from Keele University, I spent a year working abroad, before becoming a permanent member of the NMC team in May 2022.
Within my role as a physiotherapist, I assess and treat within bed, gym, and pool-based sessions. I also facilitate student placements from Keele University. I love to see students develop throughout the placement and find myself striving to expand my knowledge alongside them.
I have found a special interest in Pilates and Women’s Health and have had the opportunity to start developing my knowledge within this field over the past year.
Emily Stones – Physiotherapist
I first visited the NMC in 2016 when I spent a short period of time volunteering at the Centre during my studies. I graduated as a Physiotherapist from Keele university in 2021 and shortly after I came to work at the NMC. I have really enjoyed my time spent at the Centre so far, and I love the holistic and person-centred approach that the Centre offers. There is also a lovely sense of community at the NMC, and I have formed many friendships with both staff and patients since working here.
My role as a physiotherapist involves assessing new and existing people so that I can ensure our treatments are specific to each individual, along with physiotherapy sessions that include a variety of treatment options such as soft tissue therapies, exercise, and mobilisations, in order to maintain optimal strength, flexibility and joint range. I also regularly take part in hydrotherapy sessions. I am looking forward to expanding my skill set in the future and gaining further valuable experiences which are offered here at the NMC.
Ashleigh Smith – Neuromuscular Therapist
I studied Sports Therapy at University College Birmingham and worked in multiple private clinics after graduating.
I started working at the NMC in November of 2019 and I knew the moment I walked in that I wanted to work at the centre, I loved the community feeling and the buzz about the building.
Since working at the NMC I have really enjoyed the integration of different services to provide the best possible overall care for our population.
A highlight for me has been how the NMC has responded to the pandemic, everyone has pulled together to ensure nobody gets forgotten and the physiotherapy team has made multiple adaptations to allow us to continue to provide a service to everyone- my favourite addition being the online exercise classes.
The best part about working at the NMC is the friendships you build with not only staff but service users too, it doesn’t even feel like I am going to work every day!
Jake Wyatt – Therapy Assistant; Physiotherapy Apprentice
When I first visited the NMC in February 2021, I knew straight away that I wanted to be involved in the amazing opportunities the centre provides. I studied Sports Therapy at Edge Hill University and graduated in 2020. I've had numerous experiences working in different environments such as a private clinic and in sport.
I am currently studying on the Physiotherapy Apprenticeship degree course at Salford University with a view to qualifying as a physiotherapist in a few years' time.
What has stood out for me at the NMC is not only the incredible services and treatments we provide but the relationships that I have built since working here. I have loved my time at the centre so far and it has been great not only for developing my skills set but my knowledge too. I am excited about the new opportunities that the centre offers and the new relationships that I will build.
Ellie Cullen – Therapy Assistant
I have been working at the NMC since September 2021 and have been loving every minute of it!
Whilst dancing my way around the country in Ballroom and Latin competitions, I graduated from Liverpool John Moore's University in 2020 with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science and was keen to get involved and hands on in a clinical setting. I have (and will continue to have) a very strong interest in Physiotherapy and have been able to develop and expand my knowledge whilst exploring and delivering a wide range of treatments here at the NMC.
I have the privilege of working with incredible and inspiring service users and members of staff here at the centre and can easily say there's not a day that I don’t look forward to coming to work.
Jackie Needham – Welcome Day and Therapies Administrator
I worked for many years as a Medical Secretary in a busy NHS hospital department, and following my retirement I was offered the chance of working in the physio office to help the physios with their admin, including typing letters, processing new referrals, making appointments etc. I had been a client receiving physio and hydro for many years, so I was familiar with the NMC and many of the people working here, and the brilliant facilities that are available. I started in this role in August 2016 and straight away felt like a valuable part of the team.
Working for NMC, in particular with the physios, is very rewarding. The interaction between staff and clients is unique, and there are many opportunities to make friends and develop new relationships. It is a wonderful place to work, and there is always support and advice when needed.