Horizon Physiotherapy is a team of experts helping people with neurological conditions
Karen Blagojevic MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP
Karen graduated with a 1st Degree in BSc (hons) Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 2000. As a Bobath Trained Physiotherapist, Karen has gained extensive experience in Neurological Rehabilitation, specialising in 2002 and completing an MSc in the Bobath Concept at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010. Karen has completed further post-graduate training in the Management of Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and the Management of the Upper Limb.
Karen has worked in various settings as a Clinical Specialist in Neurorehabilitation within the NHS and private practice. Within Buckinghamshire, Karen was Therapy Manager at the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, home of the International Spinal Injuries Centre. She has recently been accepted onto the Bobath Tutor Training programme.
Karen has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy courses at Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds Metropolitan University. She has also been invited to give talks for specialist organisations including the Spinal Injuries Association, Case Managers Society and the Primary Care Neurology Society.
Karen has conducted research on Implicit Motor Imagery following Stroke and has a specialist interest in the rehabilitation of the upper limb. Her abstract was published in Clinical Rehabilitation. http://cre.sagepub.com/content/26/6/570.short
Karen is a qualified Matwork Pilates Instructor with the APPI and member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology.
Charlotte Downing BSc (Hons) MCSP
Charlotte graduated as a physiotherapist from
Kings College (London) in 1993. She specialised in neurology in 1995 and has worked within St George's Hospital (London) and Wandsworth Primary Care Trust, until her move to Buckinghamshire in
She has gained extensive experience in the management of long term disability having worked as a neuro-physiotherapist and a case manager in a variety of acute and community teams, as well as a regional rehabilitation unit. This has given her the opportunity to gain experience in working with a variety of complex neurological conditions, including stroke, spinal injuries, Parkinson's disease, acquired brain injuries and multiple sclerosis.
More recently Charlotte has broadened her expertise by working for the Wandsworth Falls and Bone Health team, where she developed a particular interest in the use of Nordic Walking as an adjunct to treatment and promotion of well-being in people living with long term conditions, such as osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease.
Charlotte is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology.
Annie Rainbow BSc (Hons) MCSP
Annie qualified in 2000 with a First Class BSc
(Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy from East London University. She worked at the Homerton Hospital, London where she quickly found my special interest in neurology and after 18 months specialised in
Neurological Rehabilitation as a rotational senior physiotherapist. This included working with inpatients on the stroke unit and specialists neuro rehab unit as well as neuro community services
treating various neurological conditions including stroke, head injury and Multiple Sclerosis.
After relocating to Oxford to start a family she joined the John Radcliffe Hospital Trust as part of the neurological team. It was here that her special interest in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Falls developed. Working alongside clinical specialists in PD within the Medical led Day Hospital and helping to set up the Movement Disorder clinic, she began to gain expertise in the field.
In 2011, she moved to Buckinghamshire and secured a post as advanced neurophysiotherapist for the Buckshealthcare NHS Trust. This led to the fantastic opportunity of working closely with the Parkinson’s Disease Specialist Nurse, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Seating Specialists as well as developing relationships with other services in the community. Annie's continuing experience in the field of PD has led her to understand the sheer complexity of the disease and the differing challenges faced by People with Parkinson’s. It has made her more determined to promote self awareness and strategies to help tackle these challenges.
In 2016, Annie attended a course to train to teach the new and inspiring PD Warrior exercise programme . It has completely changed her way of thinking about treating Parkinson’s – it is a very exciting time for exercise and Parkinson’s Disease. Annie is now an accredited PD Warrior Instructor and is pleased to offer the PD Power and PD Combat Classes based on PD Warrior concepts.
Annie is a Chartered Physiotherapist, a member of HPC, CSP, ACPIN, and the PD Excellence Network for the Thames Valley.
Kerys Thorpe BSc (Hons) MCSP
Kerys graduated from University of the West of England in 2006 with a BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) degree and specialised in neurology and rehabilitation in 2010. Since then she has gained broad experience and a sound knowledge base working with patients with neurological conditions and rehabilitation needs both in acute, rehabilitation and community settings within the NHS. She also currently works as the Team lead Physiotherapist on the Neurorehabilitation Unit for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BNRU) specialising in treating patients with neurological conditions including Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Head injury.
Kerys completed her Basic Bobath course in 2015, and has presented a poster with NHS colleagues at Physiotherapy UK 2015 Conference and Trade Exhibition regarding evidence based practice. She has also completed in-depth postural training course and has extensive experience in orthotics and posture management. Kerys has developed advanced assessment and treatment skills and an ability to adapt to the patient’s home environment for treatments and interventions.
Kerys is able to work with patients to identify their problems, goals and plan treatments/management. She works with clients to improve functional ability and their quality of life. Kerys is dynamic in her approach drawing upon her skills and experience to deliver holistic and client centred programmes. She clinically reasons through her treatment plans; using a variety of treatments including exercise, positioning, posture management, facilitation of normal movement through handling, splinting, electrical stimulation, orthotic and wheelchair provision and medical management of these patients.
Kerys is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology and registered with the Health Professional Council.