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Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic is the flagship and founding clinic of the PhysioNeeds group which now consists of six practices across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Meet the team

Mrs. Helen Tomlinson MCSP

Our clinic employs physiotherapists with a wealth of knowledge and experience, all wiht a keen intereste in wellbeing and the healing process.

Helen Tomlinson Physiotherapist

I 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. James and Abigail are now partners in PhysioNeeds. 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 also gain great satisfaction in seeing how core stability exercises/pilates help my patients and have established PhysioNeeds Equestrian which combines my interests and specialities. 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.

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.

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.

Abigail Tomlinson

Abigail TomlinsonI studied BSc Physiotherapy at Northumbria University and graduated with a First Class honours degree and I have worked in private practice ever since. I also work at the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic, which gives me a wide range of experience.

My keen interest within physiotherapy is musculoskeletal and I enjoy treating people of all ages. I always like to focus on people's own goals whether that's returning to high level sport or simply being pain free doing the hoovering. I find my job very rewarding when I get patients back to the activities they enjoy and getting them better!

I have undertaken many postgraduate training courses to enable me to continually develop my manual skills. I am a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist (ITEC) and I treated runners at the Great North Run for the NSPCC for 3 years when I was living and training in Newcastle. I am trained in Acupuncture which can have amazing results and it's always fascinating me. I also have a keen interest in Pilates, having undertaken APPI Pilates training to Intermediate Level and I run Pilates Classes at the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic.

I enjoy riding and I represented England in 2006-2008, competing in Ireland for the British Young Riders dressage squad on my pony Billy. After university, and a spot of travelling, I have returned to competing but I now do British Eventing on my horse Hugo. With my knowledge of equestrianism I am part of PhysioNeeds Equestrian which looks at a riders posture/position and how this may be effecting your riding or your horses way of going. Please see the section on PhysioNeeds Equestrian for more information.

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.

Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith PhysiotherapistFrom a young age, I have always had interest in playing sport and keeping fit so I knew that my career would have to somehow involve my passion. After graduating in 2002 with a BSc in Sports Science I decided I wanted to be a physiotherapist. I graduated from Southampton University in 2006 with a MSc in physiotherapy (pre-reg).

I have worked within the NHS for 10 years which has given me a wide range of clinical experience in musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological conditions. For 6 years I specialised as a respiratory physiotherapist working with people with disorders of the respiratory system. This includes conditions affecting the lungs, such as bronchiectasis and emphysema. I have a good knowledge of respiratory physiology, exercise and muscle physiology, exercise training, and the principles of behaviour change.

After 10 years I wanted to return to my passion of sport and exercise so in November 2016 I was lucky enough to join the team at Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic where I assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in sporting and non-sporting populations. I also have added to the services we provide at the clinic by introducing a respiratory physiotherapy service.

I have also worked as a physiotherapist for Leicester Tigers player development program for talented 13-16 year old rugby players and often provide assessment and treatment to mountain bikers at all levels within Nottinghamshire.

I have a keen interest in outdoor sports, but cross-country mountain biking is my true love. In the summer months, I like to participate in mountain marathons, endurance events and XC racing. In the winter months, I love walking in the mountains of the UK with my dog, Rose.

Catrin Roberts

Catrin Roberts Physiotherapist

I have a special interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Since graduating from Keele University, I have worked with Canoe Wales, Elmhurst School for dance (which has close links with the Birmingham Royal Ballet) and GB Junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom team.

Before this I spent 2 years working for the NHS gaining experience in respiratory, care of the elderly, neurology, intensive care and rapid response ( A+E) and outpatients physiotherapy.

I enjoy keeping up to date with my training and I have recently completed masters modules exploring psychosocial aspects of pain and research methods in health studies. I have also qualified as an acupuncturist.

I am very keen on hands on physiotherapy as well as your classic exercise prescription. I am also enthusiastic about goal setting as I realise that pain is multi-factorial and can affect many aspects of your life from relationships, job security and work satisfaction.

I spend my spare time in Wales visiting relatives, playing the guitar/drums, and attempting to train a cute but disobedient puppy called Oscar!

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