Meet the Team

The FCP we deploy to work with you will fully integrate into your team. All of our FCPs are Band 7 and Band 8 + trained practitioners in line with HEE guidance. On average our FCPs have 14 years post-graduate MSK experience, and over 2 thirds hold an MSc in advanced practice. All of our FCPs are supported by our talented Clinical Leadership Team who are HEE approved FCP supervisors.

Ryan Allen

Ryan qualified as a Physiotherapist with first-class honours from the University of Birmingham, winning the cohort prize for clinical excellence. As a clinician he practiced at an advanced level having completed M-level academic modules such as injection therapy.

Having graduated from Warwick Business School with an MBA he moved into operations and leadership. He has prior experience of leading and developing national based MSK physiotherapy service teams of 220-250 physiotherapists including being accountable for NHS community physiotherapy and secondary MSK CATS services across 30 CCGs in England.

He co-founded Primary Care Physio and leads the organisation

Clinical Leadership Team

Paula Coates-Renwick

Regional Clinical Director (North)

Paula qualified in 1995 as a Physiotherapist from Leeds Metropolitan University and achieved her MSc in 1999 from University College London, winning the cohort prize for clinical excellence.

As a clinician she has practiced at an advanced level in both the NHS and private practice whist acting as a guest lecturer on BSc and MSc courses in the UK and overseas. As an experienced MCATTs practitioner and having completed M-level academic modules, she is an injection therapist and independent non-medical prescriber.

She is a published author of 4 books, on the self-management of back pain, arthritis, diabetes and running injuries, with her MSc research on phantom limb pain also being published as an academic paper. She has supported clinical education placements and examined MSc students for the past 20 years and currently, as a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor, supports and leads our Northern team.

Senthil Padmanabhan

Regional Clinical Director (Midlands)

Senthil Padmanabhan Qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1995 in India and completed his MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Australia.

Senthil has extensive experience within of NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy advanced practice. Senthil has also worked in Rheumatology and Pain Management settings including the role of clinical lead.

Senthil is an Independent prescriber and can perform joint and soft tissue injections. Since 2015, Senthil has been extensively involved in implementing new first contact services in primary care.

He has completed a CMI Leadership and Management course and is a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor and leads our Midlands team.

Leesa Paterson

Regional Clinical Director (South)

Leesa qualified as a physiotherapist from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1998. She has worked in advanced musculoskeletal practice since 2007 in London and then Surrey, and completed her MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2013 through University of Hertfordshire.

She is an independent prescriber and joint and soft tissue injection therapist as well as being trained up to Level II with the British Association of Hand therapists (BAHT).

Since 2016 Leesa has been involved in implementing and working in FCP services in North East Hants and Surrey. She is an accredited Health Education England clinical supervisor.

Clinical Supervision Team

Dr Yousef Shanib

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Yousef qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004 with first-class honours and worked as a Physiotherapist and lecturer, completing an MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at in 2011. In 2016 he completed a PhD at the University of Salford investigating knee osteoarthritis, biomechanics and the foot and ankle.

Having participated in projects with Arthritis Research UK, he has presented research publications at international conferences. Yousef has worked within the independent sector and the NHS, has a wealth of experience as a First Contact Practitioner and of implementing FCP services across primary care.

He is a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor and manages operations and clinical supervision across our services in the North East of England.

Bhagyashree Singh

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Bhagyashree Singh (Ashree) qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2010 in India and obtained her MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and MSc in Clinical & Sports Biomechanics from Aberdeen, Scotland.

She possesses 10+ years of clinical experience in both the NHS and leading independent hospitals; undergoing extensive training in the field of musculoskeletal medicine, investigations in primary care and an excellence in leadership program.

She has worked with several media channels on MSK health in covid -19 and an active member of ‘Team Halo’ (which is established in partnership with the vaccine confidence project at the University of London’s school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and backed by the UN).

Ashree is also a HEE approved FCP Clinical Supervisor.

Melanie Williams

Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

Melanie is an internationally experienced Physiotherapist heralding from USA. She holds a Cum Laude Bachelors of Exercise Science and MSc Degree of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University from the 'Sunshine' state of Florida in the USA. She has practiced at an advanced level since 2006 in both the USA and UK.

Mel’s leadership has involved project management creating bespoke e-Documentation systems with software developers and working in Advanced Practice in Supervisory, Mentorship and Managerial roles.

With over 20 years of experience working with various healthcare providers within the private and NHS sectors, she is a Health Education England accredited Clinical Supervisor and provide our North West FCP team with the tools to nurture their further development.

Business Support Team

Laura Blanco-Medina

Head of NHS Partnerships

Laura has over 10 years experience in customer relations, and brings a range of skills to the Primary Care Physio team.

A graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University, she left with a first-class honours degree in PR, business and marketing and developed her consumer and B2B engagement skills working at PR agencies heading up national Healthcare accounts such as BUPA and Freedom Clinics.

Laura moved into Primary Care as a Business Development Manager five years ago, working with CCG’s, Federations and GP practices to provide tailored Pharmacist support, and later forming strong relationships with Primary Care Networks across the UK.

Now as Head of NHS partnerships, Laura is the first point of contact for all network leads, and provides continued customer relations and support from initial discussions, through to mobilisation of the FCP service.

Keeley Chant

Resourcing and Compliance Lead

Keeley is an experienced Recruiter with a 10 year background in Compliance.

Keeley has worked with in a variety of different sectors including Education and Healthcare. Following completing her BSc Psychology degree, she started her career as an Administration & Recruitment assistant in the NHS.

Since then she has worked in various recruitment agencies helping to establish Physiotherapy & Permanent recruitment desks.

Keeley has joined us here at Primary Care Physio to guide us in compliance and resource talented Physiotherapists to join our team.

Executive team

Ryan Allen

Prof Gary Shuckford

Mo Nazir

Phil Walker