Prof. Emma Stokes

Emma Stokes is the President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She is a Fellow and associate professor at Trinity College Dublin. She is on leave from TCD and has taken up the position of Head of the newly founded Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Science at Qatar University.


Prof. Harriet Wittink 

Dr. Harriët Wittink, is Professor and chair of the Lifestyle and Health research group, University Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands. She studied physiotherapy in Utrecht, the Netherlands (BSc). She holds a Master of Science in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University on the topic of physical activity, physical fitness and low back pain. After extensive clinical experience providing physiotherapy for patients with chronic pain, she now heads a research group that investigates topics in chronic pain, such as dropout, relapse, health literacy, illness perceptions and behavioral change, physical activity and falls in stroke, physical activity in children with disabilities and motor development in infants. She occasionally teaches, but is mostly involved in the (co)writing of papers and chapters.


Dr. Jennifer Jones

Jennifer is a Reader in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University, London. She is the creator and director of ‘Exercise4MyHealth’– an award-winning public engagement programme in chronic disease management. She is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Performance and Exercise Rehabilitation.  Jennifer previously was the Director of the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology in Galway, Ireland, where she still consults closely in its research, teaching and service innovation activities. She also continues to contribute to research outputs associated with the Irish Heart and Stroke Charity Croí in the areas of cardiovascular disease prevention and control. She is a Past President of both the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACPICR). She is also an expert on the ‘NICE – Expert Advisers for the Centre for Clinical Practice’ and has contributed to NICE guidelines for secondary prevention post myocardial infarction.  Jennifer is one of the Emerging Leaders of the World Heart Federation (2017 cohort) and is the current Chair of the Congress Programme Committee for the European Society of Cardiology Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP).  Research interests: Non-communicable disease prevention and control with a special interest in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation, lifestyle medicine, health-behaviour change and health promotion approaches to cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.


Prof. Jennifer Freeman

Biography to Follow


Dr. Susan Kent @Susan_Kent2

Dr. Susan Kent, Assistant National Director: Change Capacity and Supporting the Implementation of the Sláintecare Strategy (HSE). This role leads on ‘Service Redesign and Integration’. Previous positions include: Deputy Chief Nursing Officer (DCNO), Department of Health 2014-2018, with responsibility for Women’s Health, Child Health and Welfare and Primary Care Services. Prior to this post she was the Regional Specialist for Child Health and Immunisation in the Dublin North East region.

Her breadth of experience can be seen in the variety of qualifications obtained which include: Registered General Nurse (RGN) (Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin); Registered Midwife (RM) (Hope Hospital, Salford, Manchester); ENB 100 Adult Intensive Care Nursing (Hope Hospital, Salford, Manchester); Prof. Cert. Counselling (NUI, Maynooth); Higher Diploma Public Health Nursing (UCD, Dublin); BSc Nursing (Health Promotion, Ulster University, Belfast); MSc Nursing (Child Health, Trinity College, Dublin); Clinical Health Strand in Education – Registered Nurse Tutor (Trinity College, Dublin); PhD, Children’s Research Centre and School of Social Work and Social Policy, (Trinity College, Dublin); Prof. Cert. Governance (IPA, Dublin); and, Prof. Cert. Medico-Legal studies (UCD, Dublin).

Susan has had a nursing and midwifery career spanning 37 years. She demonstrates a long practice combined with academic experience. Susan has worked in acute and community areas and primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Her academic and professional experience and qualifications were obtained in Ireland and the UK. She also teaches on the Mary Seacole Programme for the NHS leadership programme in the UK and on the RCSI Healthcare Management Masters course.

Susan was awarded the Nurses Medal in Jervis Street Hospital and Midwife of the Year in Manchester. She has a professional background of leadership within her areas of practice. She has also worked for long periods with populations in vulnerable groups in society. She has had a long practice involvement in foster care and child protection. She has led on many national initiatives and projects for service design and improvement of patient care and safety. Susan is a peer reviewer for several journals.

Susan is published in Health Policy, Child Health, Traveller Health, Maternity ICT processes and has several publications related to her Doctoral award. As DCNO she also developed the draft policy on a nursing and midwifery integrated community model of care ( She has also published in child protection collaboratively with colleagues from Israel on the TACHYwe Tempus EU project (TCD, Dublin). Her PhD enquired from grandfathers in Ireland and identified a new concept of ‘Redemption Theory’. She has been described as a ‘Hybrid’ of nursing and midwifery because of her extensive practice and academic experience. Susan takes this as a compliment and compares it to the best cars in the world! Susan is also the mother of 3 children of which she is very proud.


Ms. Janet Thomas  @janetthomas47

Janet Thomas is a Team Lead Physiotherapist working with Older People in NHS Fife and a Lecturer in Queen Margaret University. She is a past chair of AGILE: Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People and current UK representative to the International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP).

Janet cofounded Physiotalk in 2013 with Naomi McVey and since then Physiotalk has run over 115 fortnightly tweetchats, joining physiotherapists around the world to discuss issues relevant to physiotherapy using the hashtag #physiotalk. Janet has also led on the Physiotalk research projects looking at how physiotherapists use tweetchats for their continuing professional development.


Mr. Peter Tierney

Peter is currently working as the Sports Scientist with Leinster Rugby. He completed a BSc in Health & Performance Science in UCD, and then began an internship with Leinster Rugby. During this internship, he was offered a full time job as the sports scientist, and also completed a MSc by Research, investigating the application of GPS technology in rugby union.

Since then, Peter has completed a ProfDip in Data Analytics & Statistics, and is currently a PhD Candidate in UCD exploring the performance benefits from sports science in professional rugby union.
His professional interests are in performance enhancement and RTP.


Mr. John C. Murphy

John C is a Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. He has worked in private practice since 1998 in Carysfort Clinic, Blackrock, County Dublin. He established Medfit Proactive Healthcare, a technologically advanced multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centre, in 2011.
His clinical focus is on optimising recovery post injury, illness or surgery. Reducing recurrence rates & improving health- related quality of life are key outcome targets within his rehabilitation centre.
He has a keen interest in the behavioural component of rehabilitation, and its potential to positively influence chronic conditions including metabolic syndrome. He presented on this topic at both the 2015 and 2016 London Scope Obesity Conference, addressing the economic returns and implementation challenges associated with rehabilitation.
Academically, John C graduated from UCD in 1996. He subsequently completed a research MSc in Physiotherapy, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies. He is a published lead author in both the American and British Journals of Sports Medicine. 16 other co-authorships since 2010 cross a variety of research fields, including obesity, muscle retention in the over- 65’s, and injury prevention models in sports.
He established the GAA Injury Prevention Program in 2006, specifically to begin the process of data collection and analysis, to inform injury prevention strategies.
His current research outside of sport relates to weight management and the improvement of joint, muscle, and cardiac function in the over-60 age group.


Ms. Fiona Keogan  @fionak132

Fiona Keogan (MSc., BSc. Physio, PGDip Stats, PGDip Leadership and Quality in Healthcare) is a Service Improvement Lead with Ireland East Hospital Group. Fiona has previously worked in the US and Middle East and was a clinical specialist in Musculoskeletal/ Rheumatology at Beaumont Hospital. She was in Physiotherapy Manager roles from 2003 to 2013 and subsequently as Head of Clinical Services & Business Planning, she developed services for older people including front-door multi-disciplinary assessment for frailty in 2015. She now leads the Service Improvement Team’s Frailty Value-steam in IEHG, assisting front line staff to improve processes and redesign services and improve patient and carer’s experience.


Dr. Niamh Moloney @thrive_physio

Dr Niamh Moloney is a Specialist member of the ISCP (Musculoskeletal) who combines over 20 years of clinical and academic experience. She completed a Masters in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University in 2003. Her PhD (2012) investigated pain and sensory profiles in people with neck and arm pain, with her subsequent research focusing on assessment of pain profiles and its impact on prognosis and treatment response in various musculoskeletal conditions. She has over 50 publications and has presented her research widely at national and international conferences. Working in primary care, her clinical practice focuses on multi-dimensional pain care for people with musculoskeletal conditions, persistent pain and pain following breast cancer treatment. She also runs combined pain education and yoga courses for people with persistent pain, including following cancer treatment. She has taught in the area of pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2005 holding positions at the University of Sydney (Lecturer) and Macquarie University, Sydney (Senior Lecturer, currently Honorary Research Fellow) and contributing to the Neuromusculoskeletal Masters, University College Dublin.


Dr. Rob Goodwin

Rob is going to present the findings of his PhD research which applied realist review and realist evaluation methodologies to explore the first point of contact physiotherapy initiative. This will highlight some of the hidden mechanisms that are exposed in stakeholder reasoning and responses to the initiative. This research looks beyond the efficacy of first point of contact physiotherapy. The intention is that Rob will describe the lessons learned and the implications for practice for those considering implementing first point of contact physiotherapy.


Dr. Terry Gorst @t_gorst

Terry is a post-doctoral physiotherapy research fellow at the University of Plymouth with a research interest in the sensory aspects of movement and function in neurological populations, in particular stroke and Parkinson’s disease. He received his PhD from the University of Plymouth in 2017 and is currently holding a Parkinson’s UK study grant investigating how sensory information affects mobility in people with Parkinson’s. In this study he is utilising body worn sensors to both monitor mobility and provide phase-dependent biofeedback. He has taught on the BSc Physiotherapy and MSc Neurorehabilitation courses at the University of Plymouth, and University College London (UCL). He also continues to work clinically as a physiotherapist in neurology outpatients treating patients with a wide range of neurological disorders.


Mr. Leigh Forsyth @leigh_rehab

ECIST is a clinically led national NHS team that has been designed by clinicians to help health and care systems deliver high quality emergency care in England. Leigh is a physiotherapist, member of ‘Q’ with a background of delivering and supporting others to deliver Improvements in clinical care. Leigh has held roles in acute, community, specialist rehab and intermediate care. He has experience of working within a provider and commissioning setting before moving to a national Improvement role in 2015. He was part of the team developing and delivering the outputs from the ‘Developing People; Improving Care’ framework. He produced the ‘Building capacity and capability for Improvement in the NHS’ alongside colleagues from the IHI before moving into the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST) as a therapy improvement lead. He continues to work alongside AHP colleagues across the country to deliver improvements in patient flow and was part of the team that delivered the AHP’s in patient flow collaborative working with 44 Trusts across England.


Ms. Helen Baxter @helbax

A physiotherapist, I have a broad-ranging experience in the design and delivery of leadership and innovation programmes; from profession-specific offers to more generic development programmes suitable for multi-disciplinary participants. My early career as a physiotherapist provided a broad experience of delivering services in health care, social care, voluntary sector and industry, continually working to improve services delivered, leading to management of community services. At the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement I worked as part of the High Volume Care pathways team, Innovation Practice and Design team.
I work as a tutor on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) Programme, a 2 year MSc programme jointly awarded by Manchester and Birmingham Universities, as well as having designed, developed and delivered programmes to build leadership, innovation and creativity capability within Health Education England. I am module leader of a MSc module Professional and Business Management for Healthcare Professionals. I work with senior health care scientists around the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, coaching and self knowledge.
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Ms. Ceri Sedgley

Biography to follow