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About PhysioNeeds West Bridgford

About PhysioNeeds West Bridgford

PhysioNeeds is an expanding group of physiotherapy practices, that now boasts 6 clinics based in the Nottingham, Rushcliffe, West Bridgford and Heanor area.

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About us

PhysioNeeds West Bridgford opened it's doors on the 1st November 2013 as the second practice to open in partnership with Parkwood Leisure at Rushcliffe Leisure Centre.

This practice is run by James Tomlinson, Brodie Howatson and Ellie Howatson.

To celebrate the opening of PhysioNeeds West Bridgford we are offering free consultations and free general advice booklets.


Meet the team

Mrs. Helen Tomlinson MCSP

Helen Tomlinson PhysiotherapistI am the founder of PhysioNeeds and after graduating from Nottingham University in 1979, with a MCSP Grad Dip in Physiotherapy, I specialised in spinal and sporting injuries.

I have years of experience treating a wide variety of injuries and a wide range of patients including famous people like Stephie Graph, Stuart Pearce, Brian Ferry and Jane Torville. I opened my first private physiotherapy practice in 1982. Torville and Dean then opened the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic in 1995. I am a family person and love my family with all my heart.

I have triplet boys called Mark, Peter and James and a daughter called Abigail. I love to horse ride in my spare time and take my springador called 'Willow' for a walk everyday. I also enjoy reading, listening to music as well as theatre and travel. ??I would say my specialty is backs and necks as I have graduated in osteopathic manipulative techniques. I believe that hands on physiotherapy is very important and I make sure all my staff are trained and deliver the best quality hands on treatment possible.

James Tomlinson

James TomlinsonEver since a young age I have known the value of Physiotherapy not only in the mechanical sense but also the psychological.

Having studied Psychology to Degree level I understand the significant impact that reduced function and pain has on day to day lives and psychological well- being.

This is why I feel good communication with patients is of vital importance. I feel my patient’s need to know what condition they have, why they have it, what they can do to prevent it and what I can do to help. It’s with this that body and mind can come together to achieve recovery.

I have a strong emphasis on hands on techniques as I believe this is the best way to relieve secondary complications. At the same time I will push my patients to self -manage and communicate clearly on their progression. This is the best way to derive a valid prognosis.

I have always had a keen interest in complex musculoskeletal cases, I enjoy the problem solving aspect and enjoy challenging myself and thinking laterally. The answer is often simple but the right questions need to be asked.

I enjoy new challenges and I’m always looking to improve existing treatment techniques or discovering new ones by going on regular courses.
In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, going swimming and running but most of all I love playing the drums. I have been drumming since I was 15 years old and I’m now at Grade 8 level.

Charlotte Morris

Charlotte MorrisI am married with 2 children aged 4 and 6. I have lived in Cotgrave for the last 9 years. I enjoy all sports. In the past I have competed in half marathons and triathlons, as well as netball and korfball, (the latter I have played in both the UK as well as Holland) When I get the opportunity I also enjoy skiing and windsurfing, but this is not as often as I would like. My main hobby and passion is horse riding. I have my own horse called Henry and I regularly compete him at both Dressage and Show jumping.

I graduated from Manchester University in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. I worked in the NHS in Burnley and Nottingham for 2 years and then I started working for Helen Tomlinson at The Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic for approximately 2 years – (private practice). During this time I qualified as a Pilates Instructor (with Body Control Pilates) and completed my basic mat and intermediate levels. I also completed my Acupuncture training in 2002. In 2003-2010 I became the clinical lead physiotherapist at RAF Cottesmore. This was a fast jet harrier station that specialised in the treatment of neck and back pain. I gained specialist knowledge in treating aviation injuries. During my time with the RAF I also treated the RAF Mens Hockey team, as well as looking after individual elite athletes competing in a variety of different sports e.g. swimming, long distance runners, triathletes, rugby, bobsleigh and skeleton bob. I completed my MSc Manual Therapy from Sheffield Hallam University, and then became a member of the MACP, which is an advanced group of physiotherapists working in musculoskeletal medicine. I then returned back to private practice in 2010 and worked as Head Physiotherapist back at The Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic. I continue to see a mixture of different sports people, but I have recently been working alongside horse riders, (dressage, show jumpers and eventers). This has been looking at treatment of any injuries (human not horses), as well as biomechanical analysis of how they ride and seeing if we can enhance their performance. During the last year I have been mentoring future MACP students as well as being involved in teaching at Nottingham University’s MSc Manual Therapy course.

Brodie Howatson

Brodie HowatsonI am a big sports fan but my number one sport is Rugby. I play local and county rugby, and used to play for Saracens U20 and National 3 side. I generally enjoy partaking in all sports, contact and non contact.

I graduated from Nottingham University with a 2.1 in Physiotherapy (Bsc Hons). I am AACP qualified in accupuncture and I am also in the process of completing a masters specialising in manual therapy for MSc MACP Qualification, including advanced practice module.

When it comes to physio I specialise in differential diagnosis of complex cases, and spinal rehabilitation and sports injuries. I used to work in community rehabilitation for the elderly specialising in mobility within the home but I have experience in acute hospital rotations including orthopaedics, medical wards and neurology. A have also done physiotherapy for West Ham (senior and academy), County Rugby (senior and junior) and private practice for the past 3.5 years.

Paul Scothern

Paul Scothern PhysiotherapistFirst of all I'd like to tell you a little about me. I have lived in Nottingham all my life apart from when I went to study Bsc Hons in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University coming out with a first class honours. In my spare time I enjoy walking my great dane, running and reading. I also have a little girl who is new to the family so she now takes up most of my time, and I wouldn't want it any other way

I have a wide range of clinical experience with both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, having worked at several busy private clinics in Nottingham. As well as working at Physioneeds West Bridgford, I also work for The Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic, working closely with athletes and sports personalities.

I deal with a wide range of sporting, domestic and work related injuries from foot and ankle pain to neck strains using a range of techniques to ensure quick and effective recovery, whether to return to elite level sport or simply to return to work.

I have undertaken many postgraduate training courses to maintain and develop my professional practice to the highest standards. After performing my undergraduate dissertation in, ‘Does physiotherapy alter beliefs regarding low back pain’, I still have a special interest in chronic pain and its management. As well as being trained in advanced mobilisation, manipulation and assessment techniques, I am also a fully qualified Acupuncturist. In the near future, I hope to complete my MACP accredited Masters Degrees in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy).

Ellie Howatson

Ellie Howatson PhysiotherapistI enjoy playing for my local hockey club in the midlands league and previously County. I am a member of Holme Pierrepoint Running club and enjoy social and competitive running anything from 5K to Half Marathon distances. I also play golf socially but have previously played at a county level.

My interest in physio lies within musculoskeletal with a particular interest in the rehabilitation of sports injuries back to a competitive level.

I graduated from Nottingham University with a Bsc in Physiotherapy in 2007 and shortly after I volunteered in Ugandan hospital shortly after graduation and then took a break from physiotherapy to undertake a post-graduate study in Human Resource Management and gain experience of managing a business.