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From left to right is Theresa Goggins, Julia Walton, Sarah Russell, Jill Thomas and Robert Conlon

Anne Page

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Anne Page graduated in 1999, with a 1st class honours degree in Occupational Therapy. She attained the post of Senior Occupational Therapist at Wrightington Hospital in 2001 where she worked within the Rheumatology Service. In 2003 Anne joined the Upper Limb Team to specialise further in Hand Therapy practice. In 2008 she completed her certificate in Hand Therapy from the University of Liverpool and attained accreditation by the British Association of Hand Therapists in 2009.

Having specialised in elective hand surgery for over 13 years Anne has developed an extensive range of specialist skills in the assessment and treatment of conditions of the hand. In addition, she has considerable experience in the conservative management of musculoskeletal and rheumatological disorders of the hand and wrist. Her specialist interests include the rheumatological hand, joint replacement surgery and specialist splinting.

Clinically Anne has responsibility for a pre-operative assessment service within the team and works alongside the surgeons to plan for surgical intervention. She also leads a therapy review clinic in which postoperative patients are managed until discharge. Anne is a faculty member of the FRCS course and has presented on the Wrightington Hand Diploma. She has lectured at both National and International conferences on therapy interventions following joint replacement surgery

Theresa Goggins

Specialist Physiotherapist

Theresa is a specialist physiotherapist and has worked in the Trust since qualifying from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003. 

She is a member of the upper limb team with highly specialised skills and knowledge in the field of upper limb rehabilitation.  She is primarily involved in management of hand and wrist conditions, upper limb trauma and also regularly sees patients with shoulder and elbow problems.  She has a further special interest in peripheral nerve injury and rehabilitation.

Within the trust she runs A&E trauma clinics and works alongside surgeons in both fracture and orthopaedic clinics providing assessment, triage, treatment and advice. 

She provides training within and outside of the Trust and is proactive in developing the service provided to patients.

She is actively involved in research and has co-written a book chapter regarding rehabilitation of acute hand injuries. 

Julia Walton

Specialist Shoulder Physiotherapist

Julia joined the Wrightington Upper Limb Unit in 2012 where she continues her highly specialist shoulder practice. She works closely with her shoulder surgeon and therapy colleagues managing complex shoulder patients from all over the country. As part of this team she is actively involved in clinical research, teaching and regularly hosts national and international visiting clinicians to the unit.

Julia graduated from Nottingham University in 1999 and has worked as a specialist shoulder physiotherapist for 13 years. Julia developed her interest in the shoulder after she joined the Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow unit in 2002. During her time there she gained extensive experience of tertiary referral complex shoulder conditions, treating patients from all over the United Kingdom in the NHS and in private practice.

In 2004 she moved to Bristol and developed a new specialist shoulder physiotherapy service treating patients with complex shoulder conditions and atraumatic shoulder instability. She ran a problem shoulder clinic for local physiotherapists to bring complex patients for joint assessment and treatment planning. She founded the South West Shoulder Group, which was set up to share knowledge and support physiotherapy colleagues managing shoulder patients throughout the region. Julia treats all shoulder conditions from elite athletes to shoulder complaints that trouble patients in their everyday life. She has extensive experience in pre- and post-operative rehabilitation.

Julia believes the key to successful management of shoulder problems is communication and education. She enjoys the opportunity to share her specialist knowledge with patients, colleagues and works closely with coaches and teams. Julia lectures nationally and is published internationally. She is also co-author of the new Shoulder Exercise Book available soon.

Sarah Russell

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sarah graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1992. She has had extensive experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders specialising in the management of upper limb conditions for the past 15 years. She currently leads the Therapy team at Wrightington Hospital and has been fundamental in the development of the Upper Limb Therapy Service. This has involved working closely with the Consultants to develop and implement progressive patient pathways. The team has expanded in the past five years and includes specialist shoulder and elbow physiotherapists.

She is an honary lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan and Salford University for undergraduate and postgraduate students and is a visiting tutor for physiotherapy students on placement from Manchester Metropolitan University.

In 2014 Sarah completed a Masters in Research and produced a thesis in ‘A Randomised Clinical Trial Investigating The Most Appropriate Conservative Management of Frozen Shoulder.’ She has lectured nationally and internationally on the assessment and rehabilitation of the shoulder and has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to the treatment of shoulder conditions.

Jill Thomas

Shoulder & Elbow Specialist Physiotherapist

Jill joined the Wrightington team in 2013. Having trained at the University of Liverpool, after gaining general physiotherapy experience she followed her interest in physiotherapy for upper limb problems.

Jill initially specialised in the management of patients with shoulder, elbow and hand problems, and now works in a specialist role in shoulder and elbow, and leads the elbow physiotherapy service. As a shoulder and elbow specialist physiotherapist she has a wealth of experience in treating patients with a variety of complex needs and levels of function from professional athletes to those with multiple health problems. She works very closely with the upper limb surgeons and therapy team, and believes that communication and team work are paramount in achieving successful patient outcomes. Having received knowledge and training from a variety of national and international shoulder and elbow specialists, she utilises her skills and experience to help patients achieve their personal goals. Jill is passionate about the development of shoulder and elbow physiotherapy and constantly strives to appraise and up date her practice. She embraces trialling novel techniques and approaches to management patients’ problems. She has recently developed a rehabilitation class for patients with tennis and golfer’s elbow.

Jill enjoys teaching other therapists and surgeons. She regularly presents on conferences and courses including Masters degrees. She is also involved in research trials. She has recently co-written a chapter of a book on ‘Elbow Rehabilitation’, and is a member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society.

Robert Conlon

Shoulder & Elbow Specialist Physiotherapist

Robert has been a physiotherapist for over 20 years, the last 12 or more have been working with the upper limb surgeons at Wrightington. Thankfully the team of physiotherapists has grown with the unit and they now have 4 specialist physios.

He has particular experience in rehabilitation of complex shoulder instability patients as well as high end athletes, and has presented lectures and case studies at numerous courses as well as being used as an expert clinician for practical demonstration.