Relevant to general physiotherapy:

Patients confidence increased through intense physio involvement. Clients have benefited through continuation of physiotherapy treatment after discharge from hospital etc and admission into the home.
A.S, manager of care home in Matlock, Derbyshire.


Very friendly, effective and professional service – thank you.
G.M Smith, Derby


We’ve appreciated your visits – will miss them. Thank you for all you’ve done to help.
R&J.L, Derbyshire care home


On my first appointment I could only walk very slowly with the aid of a zimmer. Due to Melanie’s treatment I was able to progress to two sticks and now I am managing with one, although periodically I need two due to pain. Due to Melanie’s care I have progressed.
Delia, Derby


Relevant to neurological physiotherapy:


Since having Melanie as my physiotherapist I have gained greatly in confidence. She is always sensitive to my needs and responds in a most positive and encouraging way. Above all, she has the ability to understand my limitations and consequently gives me a series of creative and stimulating exercises which helps me to improve my general mobility. I also appreciate her periodic assessments which enable us to monitor my progress.I would thoroughly recommend her to any stroke sufferer who desires to improve his/her condition.
Dorothy from Derby


I have  been having physiotherapy from Melanie since February 2011 and have been very satisfied with the way she works. Melanie has been able to treat my complex needs with exercises I am happy with. I do feel I get benefit from attending individual sessions.
Vera from Derby


Very happy with service received and general advice. Good way exercises simplified to make easier to remember.
T.Kelly, Belper


Melanie has provided physiotherapy services at our Activity centre in Derby for over a year now, and this is a service which is much appreciated by our users. Multiple Sclerosis is still an incurable and progressive disease, and it is critical that people with MS should do all they can to make the best use of their physical abilities. Melanie has not only provided physiotherapy assessments and courses of treatment, she has also given guidance on appropriate exercises and referred people on to other health care professionals where this is needed. Her breadth of experience is of great value to us, and I think physiotherapy is one of the most important services that we can offer. We have been very pleased with the service that Melanie has provided.
Paul Gates, Committee member, and ex-Chair of MS Society Derby Branch


Relevant to training:


As a registered manager of a nursing home, I have worked with Mel for a number of years. We are able to take a multi-disciplinary approach to care delivery and have been able to provide an increased level of staff training since the introduction of Mel’s ‘stroke training.
Karen Jenkinson, care home manager, Derby


Melanie has become an integral part of the team in our Nursing Homes. She is able to offer the Nursing team full consultation support on all aspects of Physio and has worked alongside staff to assess equipment and residents needs. Residents also benefit from the friendly and professional one-to-one service she offers meaning they no longer have to wait for lengthy NHS referrals. She has pushed forward our stroke and moving and handling training and ensured the Care team are working to recognised standards within suitable frameworks. I would have no hesitation in recommending Melanie to anyone who was looking for either some general Physio advice or the complete care home training/consultation solution she provides to us.
Mike Shepperson, Director Abbeydale & Stanley House Nursing Homes, Derby


Feedback from stroke care training:


‘I have worked with Mel on two occasions and each time I have learnt a lot. She is very knowledgeable and is excellent at teaching! I now have a better understanding of how a stroke affects somebody’s life and what can be done to help improve / maintain their life.
Holly (student nurse)


 I intend to use the training I have been shown today to help me to be able to be more affective in my job, to help with positioning to aid the clients to be more independent and comfortable. To be able to be more positive in my approach to stroke victims.
Carer in Derby care home


I would recommend this training to all of the carers.
Carer from Old Lodge Nursing home, Derbyshire.


Good points on posture, positioning etc. Will use this daily to position residents correctly. A much better understanding of stroke. Very interesting and informative.
Carer from Stanley House care home, Derby


Feedback from moving and handling training:


I have learnt to use a slide sheet. I have learnt to stand a person using the oblique in front and oblique behind. I intend to use the methods shown me as I have found them easy to use, they are safe for the residents and safe for me. I have really enjoyed the course and through it I am able to reflect and think of many ways the training given is going to help both the residents and myself.
Carer from Abbeydale care home


Will practice everything that I’ve learnt today and put it to good use, plus show my other colleagues what I’ve learnt and talk about it.
Care assistant, care home in Derby