Meet the Team

The FCP we deploy to work with you will fully integrate into your team. All of our FCPs are Band 7 and Band 8 + trained practitioners in line with HEE guidance. On average our FCPs have 14 years post-graduate MSK experience, and over 2 thirds hold an MSc in advanced practice. All of our FCPs are supported by our talented Clinical Leadership Team who are HEE approved FCP supervisors.

Ryan Allen

Ryan qualified as a Physiotherapist with first-class honours from the University of Birmingham, winning the cohort prize for clinical excellence. As a clinician he practiced at an advanced level having completed M-level academic modules such as injection therapy.

Having graduated from Warwick Business School with an MBA he moved into operations and leadership. He has prior experience of leading and developing national based MSK physiotherapy service teams of 220-250 physiotherapists including being accountable for NHS community physiotherapy and secondary MSK CATS services across 30 CCGs in England.

He co-founded Primary Care Physio and leads the organisation

Clinical Leadership Team

Catherine Bird

Head of Clinical Governance and Quality

Catherine qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1999 at Liverpool University. Since then, she has worked as a Musculoskeletal therapist in various parts of the UK, and overseas in Australia and New Zealand.

Catherine has settled in Cumbria over the past 20 years working in the NHS, predominantly in MSK outpatients in North Cumbria leading services and introducing FCP during the pilot phases in 2016/7.

The last 5 years she has been in Leadership and Governance roles supporting patient safety in the Community and Children’s Services. She has recently completed a MSc in Leadership and Professional Practice with the University of Lancaster where her work focused on incidents, risk, audit and Governance processes. This also led her to becoming registered with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), gaining a distinction in her End Point Assessment.

Catherine has joined PCP as Head of Clinical Governance and Quality as an experienced clinician, operational and risk manager, with a strategic mindset, and hopes to contribute to the overall vision of excellent governance and high-quality clinical effectiveness for top quality care in Primary Care Physio.

Dr Mahyar Noursadeghi

Chief Medical Officer

Mahyar qualified as a doctor in 2000 from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Medical school. He worked in hospitals across the South-East and London for 5 years before completing his training in General Practice in 2006. He has worked as a GP in Primary Care in London for the last 18 years, 10 of which were as a lead GP in a practice in Brent.

He completed a MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health in 2013 and was awarded a distinction by UCL. He attained a Post Graduate certificate in Teaching the teachers with merit from HEE in 2015 and recently completed a Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management in 2023 and was awarded a distinction by the University of South Wales. He has a passion for education and training, musculoskeletal medicine and service development and delivery and is current education and training lead for his network and continues to have an active role in improving primary care services in the community.

Paula Coates-Renwick

Regional Clinical Director (North)

Paula qualified in 1995 as a Physiotherapist from Leeds Metropolitan University and achieved her MSc in 1999 from University College London, winning the cohort prize for clinical excellence.

As a clinician she has practiced at an advanced level in both the NHS and private practice whist acting as a guest lecturer on BSc and MSc courses in the UK and overseas. As an experienced MCATTs practitioner and having completed M-level academic modules, she is an injection therapist and independent non-medical prescriber.

She is a published author of 4 books, on the self-management of back pain, arthritis, diabetes and running injuries, with her MSc research on phantom limb pain also being published as an academic paper. She has supported clinical education placements and examined MSc students for the past 20 years and currently, as a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor, supports and leads our Northern team.

Senthil Padmanabhan

Regional Clinical Director (Midlands)

Senthil Padmanabhan Qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1995 in India and completed his MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Australia.

Senthil has extensive experience within of NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy advanced practice. Senthil has also worked in Rheumatology and Pain Management settings including the role of clinical lead.

Senthil is an Independent prescriber and can perform joint and soft tissue injections. Since 2015, Senthil has been extensively involved in implementing new first contact services in primary care.

He has completed a CMI Leadership and Management course and is a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor and leads our Midlands team.

Leesa Paterson

Regional Clinical Director (South)

Leesa qualified as a physiotherapist from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1998. She has worked in advanced musculoskeletal practice since 2007 in London and then Surrey, and completed her MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2013 through University of Hertfordshire.

She is an independent prescriber and joint and soft tissue injection therapist as well as being trained up to Level II with the British Association of Hand therapists (BAHT).

Since 2016 Leesa has been involved in implementing and working in FCP services in North East Hants and Surrey. She is an accredited Health Education England clinical supervisor.

Service Management Team

Ginena Lyon

Regional Services Manager (North)

Ginena has been working in general practice for 14+ years; working as a GP Practice Manager and most recently as an operational PCN Manager assisting and leading on workforce, prescribing, cancer, estates, ARRS, PCN DES & IIF targets. She has worked alongside a number of commissioning bodies across the North including writing business cases, re-writing policies and procedures, and supporting practices with CQC visits and registrations.

Shannon Smalling

Regional Service Manager (Midlands)

Before developing her managerial career, Shannon initially trained and practiced as a Physiotherapist in a variety of NHS clinical settings, elite sport and private practice.

Shannon developed her management capabilities within the higher education sector – leading and growing a clinical placement department at University College Birmingham across Physiotherapy and Adult Nursing programmes. During that time she developed relationships with several PCNs, GP Practices and NHS Trusts to source and organise clinical placements. This helped Shannon understand and shape workforce development in primary care.

Shannon will be working closely with Senthil Padmanabhan to ensure we continue to develop and deliver high-quality services to our PCN customers in the midlands.

Georgina Clark

Regional Services Manager (South)

Georgie has prior experience working as a multi-site Patient Services Manager in primary care and has an additional 3+ years of GP practice management experience. She has worked alongside a wide variety of clinical / non clinical professionals and stakeholders including First Contact Practitioners, which has given her a great understanding of the benefits an FCP service can provide patients and in reducing GP workload.

Georgie will be working closely with Leesa Paterson to ensure we continue to develop and deliver high-quality services to our PCN customers in the south.

Clinical Supervision Team

Dr Yousef Shanib

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Yousef qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004 with first-class honours and worked as a Physiotherapist and lecturer, completing an MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at in 2011. In 2016 he completed a PhD at the University of Salford investigating knee osteoarthritis, biomechanics and the foot and ankle.

Having participated in projects with Arthritis Research UK, he has presented research publications at international conferences. Yousef has worked within the independent sector and the NHS, has a wealth of experience as a First Contact Practitioner and of implementing FCP services across primary care.

He is a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor and manages operations and clinical supervision across our services in the North East of England.

Bhagyashree Singh

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Bhagyashree Singh (Ashree) qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2010 in India and obtained her MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and MSc in Clinical & Sports Biomechanics from Aberdeen, Scotland.

She possesses 10+ years of clinical experience in both the NHS and leading independent hospitals; undergoing extensive training in the field of musculoskeletal medicine, investigations in primary care and an excellence in leadership program.

She has worked with several media channels on MSK health in covid -19 and an active member of ‘Team Halo’ (which is established in partnership with the vaccine confidence project at the University of London’s school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and backed by the UN).

Ashree is also a HEE approved FCP Clinical Supervisor.

Gill Lawrence

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Gill qualified from Bradford School of Physiotherapy in 1991 with 2 Distinctions.

In 2001 she achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Development: Evidence Based Practice from the University of Central Lancashire and qualified as an injection trained therapist in 2006.

As a Clinician she has worked for more than 30 years in East Lancashire specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, with a short break to pursue some voluntary physiotherapy work in Rwanda, Africa.

She was promoted to a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapy role in 2001 and in 2006 joined the East Lancashire MSK Team working in an Advanced Practitioner role where she has developed her assessment and diagnostic skills.

At the beginning of 2021 she joined the Primary Care Physiotherapy team working as an FCP and developing this opportunity to shape the beginning of a patient’s journey.

She has completed her accreditation to FCP via the Portfolio route and is now a Lead FCP in an Advanced Clinical Practitioner role and also a HEE Accredited Roadmap Supervisor.

Gloria Adigwe

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Gloria Adigwe qualified as a physiotherapist in 1999 at the University of East London. She obtained her MSc in Neuro Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2007 and has a Post Grad Teachers Training Certificate in Higher Education. She is close to completing her Ph.D. in physiotherapy at the University of East London and is a qualified injection therapist.

Gloria possesses over 21 years of working with various health care providers in senior physiotherapy roles in the private and the NHS sectors, working alongside GPs and Consultants. Gloria also possesses a 10-year + history of working as a University Lecturer / Team Leader at the University of East London and initially worked as First Contact Musculoskeletal Practitioner with Primary Care Physio in Haringey since November 2020.

Gloria has recently been promoted to a Lead FCP post in London and is also a HEE approved FCP Clinical Supervisor.

William Stone

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

William qualified with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and has been working exclusively in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for over 8 years. He is a qualified injection therapist and independent non-medical prescriber.

His experience is a combination of NHS, Private Practice and working for the MOD at RAF Coningsby. His previous job was working in the Lincolnshire MCATS and Spinal Service as an Advanced Practitioner. Because of this he has valuable experience across both Primary and Secondary Care. His special interest is in diagnostics and managing these issues in Primary Care.

Having completed his FCP accreditation by the portfolio route, he is now helping members of his team do the same, proving that they can work at the highest clinical standard. He is now a Health Education England accredited FCP Clinical Supervisor and manages an expanding team of FCPs based in the Midlands.

Melanie Williams

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Melanie is an internationally experienced Physiotherapist heralding from USA. She holds a Cum Laude Bachelors of Exercise Science and MSc Degree of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University from the 'Sunshine' state of Florida in the USA. She has practiced at an advanced level since 2006 in both the USA and UK.

Mel’s leadership has involved project management creating bespoke e-Documentation systems with software developers and working in Advanced Practice in Supervisory, Mentorship and Managerial roles.

With over 20 years of experience working with various healthcare providers within the private and NHS sectors, she is a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor and provide our North West FCP team with the tools to nurture their further development.

Muhammad Mubeen

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Muhammad qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1997, before more recently completing his PGC in Musculoskeletal Medicine Middlesex University and his Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from SOMM (Society Of Musculoskeletal Medicine). He is a non-medical independent prescriber and has a varied clinical background including 24 years’ experience in musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, sports injuries, elderly care and community rehabilitation.

He is a Health Education England accredited FCP Clinical Supervisor leads clinical supervision across our services in the Kent and East London.

Vicky Russell

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Vicky graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987. In 2001 she gained her Masters qualification in injection therapy from Coventry University and started to specialise in shoulder. In 2007 she gained her MACP membership and since 2015 she has worked in the MSK triage services ion Oxfordshire. Between 2016 and 2018, Vicky was chair of the then Extended Scope Practitioners Professional Network (ESSPPN) and together with the executive committee, spear headed the name change to Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Network (APPN). Her interests are in shoulder problems, spinal pain and persistent pain and she is a member of the PPA (Physiotherapy Pain Association), MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) and APPN.

Vicky is a Health Education England accredited FCP Clinical Supervisor and manages operations and clinical supervision across our services in the BOB ICS region.

Maria Markaki

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Maria qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2016 in Greece and completed her MSc in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham in 2020. She has also completed the Advanced Practice Physiotherapy course from the Coventry University in 2021.

She has clinical experience with different healthcare providers from both NHS and private sectors as a physiotherapist working in musculoskeletal outpatient clinics and initially worked as a First Contact Musculoskeletal Practitioner with Primary Care Physio in Barnet since Aril 2021. Maria has recently been promoted to a Lead FCP post in London and is also a HEE approved FCP Clinical Supervisor and member of the MACP.

Nkoya Dove

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2006, Nkoya quickly specialised into the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She has spent a large proportion of her career working in a military environment; firstly, as a Physiotherapy Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and later as a MOD Specialist MSK Physiotherapist. During this period, she completed a wide variety of UK and overseas postings within primary and secondary care settings, MSK interface clinics and residential rehabilitation facilities, including DMRC Headley Court where she treated military personnel with complex battle trauma injuries. Her military career also exposed her to quality leadership training and gave her valuable experience in a variety of leadership and management roles.

Nkoya completed her PgDip in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham in 2017 following which she became a member of the MACP. She has been working within an FCP role since 2022, is a HEE accredited Clinical Supervisor and has recently been promoted to Lead FCP within the South region.

Artemios Lazaridis

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Artemios qualified as a physiotherapist in Greece in 2012, completed a Master's degree in Advanced Physiotherapy Practice at Coventry University in 2014 with distinction and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice at University of Birmingham in 2019. He has also obtained a certificate in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (ESP) from Coventry University in 2021.

Since 2012 he gained a blend of experience through working in the NHS and private health sector, assessing and managing Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic, Neurological, Sports Injury, Post Covid and Frailty patients.

He began working as a FCP in Primary Care Physio in 2021 and after successful completion of HEE’s Roadmap to Practice via the portfolio route he continued his work within a Lead FCP capacity supporting other FCP colleagues with their Roadmap progression and clinical development.

Artemios is currently working to become a non-medical prescriber. He is a HEE Roadmap to Practice FCP clinical supervisor, injection therapist and full member of the MACP.

Folasade T. Ofi

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Folasade qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2001 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has been worked clinically in Nigeria, the USA and the U.K

Here in the U.K, her clinical experience spans across both private sectors and several NHS trusts where she has worked as a Band 7 MSK Physiotherapist and Advanced MSK Physiotherapist.
She holds a Masters in International Health Management from Imperial College London and is also a Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner.

She has recently completed her Injection therapy module and is now a HEE Roadmap to Practice FCP Supervisor

Andrew Lowes

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Andrew qualified as a Physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. He started his professional career in Complex and Neurological Rehabilitation, forming links across multiple specialist hospital sites and creating links with patient-centered charities to improve the living conditions and experience of individuals with life changing conditions.

Andrew transferred into MSK and has 10 years experience in the field. He has worked across several disciplines including private practice and occupational health. He has managed teams of physiotherapists both MSK out-patients and community therapy settings and led on Care of the Elderly in the community.

In 2017 he qualified as an Injection Therapist and has since gone on to support in delivering teaching and training in injection therapy to GPs and Nurses through the RCGP.

Andrew is also a HEE approved Roadmap to Practice Clinical Supervisor

Carrieann Kirkup

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Carrieann qualified as a physiotherapist in 2009 in Glasgow after leaving the military. She has always specialised in the musculoskeletal field – having been an MSK practitioner in the NHS and then moving into private practice for 5 years. She also has 5 years of experience working with the Scottish Professional Football League.

In the NHS, Carrieann had a specialist interest in Knees and for 2 years led all the rehabilitation and classes for all post-operative repairs and osteoarthritic knees.

Carrieann joined PCP in May 2021 and was promoted to Lead FCP in Apr 2023 as a HEE approved Roadmap Supervisor.

Carrieann has completed the injection therapy module and the non medical prescribers course.

Sam Jenkins

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Sam completed his BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2016 at Oxford Brookes university. As a clinician, he has worked in NHS and private musculoskeletal outpatient settings and has been working as an FCP since 2021.

He is a qualified joint and soft tissue injection therapist and has recently progressed to a lead FCP and HEE approved Roadmap Supervisor in Barnet, managing an expanding team across Hertfordshire and Essex.

Having completed his FCP accreditation by the portfolio route, he is now helping members of his team do the same, proving that they can work at the highest clinical standard.

Alex Roberts

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Alex qualified with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1999 and has worked in the NHS, private sector and in occupational health since, working exclusively in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for the last 20 years.

Her experience comprises of both leadership and project management roles, alongside senior clinical positions. She is a qualified and experienced independent non-medical prescriber and musculoskeletal injection therapist.
Having experience in a range of clinical settings, her interest and passion lies within Primary Care, and developing and delivering an effective musculoskeletal first contact assessment, diagnostic and management service.

Alex completed her FCP accreditation via the portfolio route and has since gone on to become a Health Education England accredited FCP Clinical Supervisor. She combines her clinical work with an FCP lead role in which she supervises and mentors an expanding team of FCPs based in the Midlands.

Alkisti Giannaki

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Meet Alkisti, a dedicated and compassionate healthcare professional who graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2015 as a physiotherapist. With a primary focus on musculoskeletal care, Alkisti has accumulated valuable experience working in both private and NHS sectors.

Alkisti is a certified Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapist, completing her course from University of Essex, enhancing her abilities to provide comprehensive care in primary care settings. Moreover, Alkisti achieved a Master's degree in Pain Management from the University College of London (UCL) in 2022, earning the distinction for her academic achievements where she is having her research paper published.

Alkisti is a Health Education England accredited FCP Clinical Supervisor. As a leader, Alkisti effectively manages an expanding team of FCPs based in Brent, West London, mentoring fellow professionals to excel in their roles and ensuring the delivery of top-quality patient care.

Business Support Team

Tina Henry

Head of People

Tina is an experienced HR practitioner with 15 years’ experience in people and operational management where she has successfully led teams of clinical and non-clinical professionals.

Tina has worked in a variety of sectors, including General Practice, Occupational Health, Employment Law Consultancy and Retail. Tina achieved Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) in 2013, at the University of Salford.

Tina joined Primary Care Physio as Head of People to bring her HR and people management experience to ensure a consistent approach is applied, and to support Primary Care Physio in maintaining excellent employee retention rates.

Nicole Dudley

Head of Recruitment

With a wealth of health care recruitment experience and a deep understanding of best practices, Nicole leads our talent acquisition efforts with unparalleled expertise.

She collaborates closely with stakeholders to develop tailored recruitment strategies, leveraging diverse sourcing channels and promoting our employer brand. Nicole's commitment to diversity and inclusion shines through as she champions initiatives and implements inclusive hiring practices.

With her strategic mindset, strong leadership, and dedication to attracting top talent, Nicole will continue to support Primary Care Physio in attracting the very best MSK talent.

Laura Blanco-Medina

Head of NHS Partnerships

Laura has over 10 years experience in customer relations, and brings a range of skills to the Primary Care Physio team.

A graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University, she left with a first-class honours degree in PR, business and marketing and developed her consumer and B2B engagement skills working at PR agencies heading up national Healthcare accounts such as BUPA and Freedom Clinics.

Laura moved into Primary Care as a Business Development Manager five years ago, working with CCG’s, Federations and GP practices to provide tailored Pharmacist support, and later forming strong relationships with Primary Care Networks across the UK.

Now as Head of NHS partnerships, Laura is the first point of contact for all network leads, and provides continued customer relations and support from initial discussions, through to mobilisation of the FCP service.

Executive team

Ryan Allen

Prof Gary Shuckford

Non-Executive Director

Jon Lowe

Non-Executive Chairman

Mo Nazir

Non-Executive Director

Dean Barber

Chief Financial Officer

Dean is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience. Since training and qualifying at PricewaterhouseCoopers he has held a number of senior finance positions including six years as Group Financial Controller for EMIS Group, the UK leader in connected healthcare software and services.

Most recently Dean was Chief Financial Officer for BGF-backed 365 Response Limited, a provider of complex transport management solutions for the healthcare market, and also part-time Chief Financial Officer for Psyomics, a provider of mental health assessment and triage solutions into the NHS.