Meet the team
NeuroConnect Rehabilitation is a team of highly skilled, experienced neurophysiotherapists trained in London hospitals at the forefront of neurological care. We have completed extensive postgraduate training and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology (ACPIN) and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Kate worked at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, for fifteen years where she was Clinical Specialist. She previously worked at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney working with people with complex disability following brain injury and The Royal London Hospital where she gained therapy skills in trauma orthopaedics and amputees.
Kate has a specialist interest in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and has many years of experience in the use of electrical stimulation for walking and for arm and hand rehabilitation. She was lead physiotherapist in the complex neuro-orthotics clinic at Queens Square.
She has extensive knowledge in the treatment of dizziness and reduced balance and is a committee member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Kate is a certified Pilates instructor and is the UK course instructor for APPI Neuro Pilates. She has advanced level Bobath training and studied PD Warrior, an exercise treatment for Parkinson’s disease. She was a professional contributor for Neuromuscular disease Bridges, a self management programme for people with neuromuscular conditions
Rachel has over 17 years experience as a neuro physiotherapist, since qualifying in 2001. She has an enthusiasm for the specialty and has enjoyed working for 9 years, as a Highly Specialist Physiotherapist, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. Prior to this, Rachel held posts within Richmond Community Therapy team, as a Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Physiotherapist and at Kings College Hospital, London, as a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist.
Rachel has developed expert skills, having treated a wide range of patients with complex and rare neuro disabilities. She has extensive experience in neuro-rehabilitation, neuro-surgery, stroke management, neuro-oncology, upper limb rehabilitation, facial palsy rehabilitation, spasticity services and in treating progressive neurological conditions. She has a keen interest in enabling clients, with neurological impairment, to participate in physical activity and exercise in order to maximise quality of life. Rachel was responsible for the management of ‘Physio Pulse’, a gym based exercise group for patients with neurological impairment, run in conjunction with Southwark Council.
Rachel’s continuing professional development (CPD) has included the completion of the post graduate Bobath course.
Katie de Albuquerque
Katie qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2005. After developing her interest for neurological physiotherapy at Imperial College Healthcare Trust she moved to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, working as Specialist Physiotherapist for over a decade.
Katie has extensive experience working in areas including MS, PD, vestibular rehabilitation, neurosurgery, neuro-rehab and brain tumour care. She has a broad knowledge of specialist treatments including orthotics and splinting, functional electrical stimulation, exercise equipment and rehab technology.
Katie continues to be fascinated by the brain and spinal cord and how the body recovers after injury with a particular focus on the role of exercise and movement in this recovery process.
She is passionate about a holistic approach and working collaboratively with her clients, encouraging them to aim high in terms of goals and expectations. She understands the benefits that exercise can have on the mind & body and enjoys encouraging clients to make exercise an enjoyable part of everyday life in order to achieve their potential.
Katie is a member of a number of physiotherapy clinical interest groups. She has completed both the Introduction to Bobath and APPI Pilates courses.
Bex qualified in 2012 and has worked in three large teaching hospitals within London. She currently works at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN).
Whilst at NHNN she has developed expert skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals following stroke, neuro-surgery, progressive neurological disorders and peripheral nervous diseases. She currently works as the primary physiotherapist within the cerebral palsy service at NHNN.
She has extensive knowledge in the management of spasticity and rehabilitation post botulinum toxin injections. Also within functional electronic stimulation (FES). She has completed courses in facial rehabilitation, the PD warrior course, upper and lower limb splinting, ‘explain pain’ and the three week Bobath course. Her aim is to empower and motivate clients to improve their function, quality of life and achieve their goals.
Becs qualified with a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2010. She has worked in large teaching hospitals in London and lectured at Kings College in their undergraduate physiotherapy programme. She worked at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery before having a family and moving to Richmond Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team where she continues to work part time. She has extensive experience in stroke rehabilitation, working with people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and those with neuromuscular conditions.
Becs develops a strong therapeutic relationship with clients incorporating interests and hobbies into treatment sessions to ensure rehabilitation is enjoyable as well as effective. She is experienced in therapeutic handling, exercise provision as well as incorporating movement into function. She is passionate about providing holistic care and has good knowledge and experience in communicating with other services such as spasticity clinics, orthotics departments and wider NHS services.
Becs completes regular continuing professional development and is a qualified APPI Pilates Instructor.
Hannah qualified in 2006 and has worked across London’s largest teaching hospitals. Initially specialising in major trauma she then moved to neurological rehabilitation in 2010. She currently works at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) where she has been based for the last 7 years.
Whilst at NHNN she has advanced skills in neurological rehabilitation. She has extensive experience in stroke rehabilitation, treating progressive neurological conditions, upper limb rehabilitation and neurosurgical rehabilitation including brain tumours.
She has a keen interest in making exercise and activity accessible to all. Hannah has advanced Bobath training, she is also trained in Neuro Fit- a movement technique to target cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance and balance.
Since Chelsey qualified in 2012 she has worked in three large teaching hospitals in London. She currently works for St George’s University Hospital in the Wandsworth Community Neuro Rehab Team.
Chelsey has developed advanced skills in assessment and treatment of a range of neurological conditions, including acute brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, central nervous system tumours and progressive neurological conditions. She has a specialist interest in functional neurological disorder after working at a specialist inpatient unit and is currently working with acute hospitals to improve other health care professionals’ management and treatment of this condition.
Chelsey is passionate about incorporating clients’ interests into sessions while working towards their individual goals, to maximise engagement and ensure treatment is client centred. She has a great understanding of other local community services to provide holistic care.
Chelsey completes regular continual professional development and strives to provide the best evidence based treatment to all clients.