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Physiotherapy - Community (South Sefton)

Carole Lovatt- Physiotherapy Manager

P1070270I’ve been a children’s physiotherapist since 1988 and worked for Alder Hey in the Community for most of that time! As well as managing the service in South Sefton, my special interest is in babies and young children with Neurodisability. I’m Bobath* trained and have been the regional representative in the past. My Bobath membership and training opportunities have allowed me to train with and share experiences and knowledge with therapists from all over the world. I enjoy being a Manager and Therapist and work with a great team.  My dual role enables me to help to shape a service that is modern and responsive to the needs of the families and children of South Sefton.

*Bobath- an approach to assessment and treatment that is holistic and is based on neurorehabilitation in which the child actively participates in their therapy

Juliet Weston- Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

P1070273I have been a children’s physiotherapist for 23 years. I have worked for Alder Hey since 1993, initially in the hospital as part of the Head Injury Rehabilitation Team, then in the community for 17 years. My special interest is in babies and young children with Neurodisability. I also monitor the motor progress of babies born prematurely. I am Bobath Trained and completed an MSc in Health Practice in 2005. Keeping up to date with current practice is important to me and I regularly attend training courses and read up to date physiotherapy literature.

My work in South Sefton involves not only physiotherapy assessment and treatment; I also run a hydrotherapy group session for pre-school children and regular group therapy session at Jake’s Sensory World. I enjoy these sessions as they allow parents to meet each other and socialise.

Rosemary Turner- Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

rosemary turnerI started work with Alder Hey as part of the South Sefton Team in May 2000, after a break while my 4 children were young. Over this time I have seen the service develop as more children with long term neurological conditions move into mainstream schools. I enjoy working with all the agencies to ensure that barriers to inclusion are challenged and that children learn to look after their bodies whilst getting on with their school life.

I oversee equipment provision, working with Sefton’s Integrated Community Equipment Stores, to ensure timely and suitable provision. I like processes and audit so am also responsible for risk management, patient satisfaction and case note review.


Debbie Dryden- Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

P1070259I joined the team in 2000, having previously worked in Scotland and New Zealand. I work in Rowan Park School with the more complex needs children. I have a specialist interest in hydrotherapy and have completed the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy course. I also take the lead with the orthotics service for our team, assessing for appliances and Lycra garments.



Hilary Finlay- Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

P1070232I have been a physiotherapist since 1988, specialising in Paediatrics in 1991. I joined Alder Hey in 1993 where I gained experience on the wards and in the physiotherapy department in the acute setting. I transferred to the Community and worked in both mainstream and special schools in Liverpool treating children from 3-18 years. I spent 7 years gaining experience in assessment of children with movement disorders at the Gait laboratory at Alder Hey where children are assessed before surgery and other interventions.

I am now part of the South Sefton Team and treat children at Rowan Park School and other Mainstream schools in the locality. I am Bobath trained and have a keen interest in Neurodevelopment and Postural management.

Ruth Ade-Hall- Specialist Physiotherapist

Elaine Coughlan- Senior Physiotherapy Assistant

P1070234I have been a physio assistant since 2013, and recently was promoted to senior physio assistant. My main place of work is Rowan Park School, but I also go out and see children in mainstream schools. I work alongside Debbie to support hydrotherapy and orthotics clinic. I enjoy working with a great team and also the children, making sure their treatment is as enjoyable as possible.




Sara Deegan- Physiotherapy Assistant


I recently joined the team in September 2016 and my main place of work is Rowan Park School.

I have previously spent time working with children with a visual impairment for a Liverpool based charity.  I have always been a keen member of the community;  volunteering at the children centre as well as sitting on the board of governors at a local children’s nursery as Vice Chair since 2011.

I enjoy working at Rowan Park School, supporting the children, teachers, parents; no two days are ever the same which I love!!

Zoë Teage- Physiotherapy Assistant

I was delighted to join the community physio team in September 2017. I have always loved worked with children and am qualified as a Nursery Nurse and Hospital Play Specialist. Previous to this post I worked in a pre-school nursery with 2-4 year olds and also at Alder Hey hospital for 12 years, where I was based in A&E.  I am thrilled to be in a community based team and am looking forward to a new challenge!



Pam Usher- Team Secretary

I have been part of the team here since 2011, having previously worked across a couple of other NHS trusts. I am the first P1070252point of contact for the team, and will speak to all the parents at some point on the phone, but not always get to see everyone in person. I support the orthotics clinics which I enjoy because I get to meet the children and their families- putting a face to the names! I work term time only which fits in perfectly with my own young children.

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