Upon her return to the UK, Nina was part of a pilot Older Persons Liaison and Rehabilitation team in Gateshead before joining Stockport NHS Foundation Trust as the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for Neurological Rehabilitation.
Nina initiated service developments in stroke and neurological rehabilitation regionally and locally; contributing to the North West Task Force and Greater Manchester Research & Audit Group. She also formed a post-stroke education programme for patients and their families and instigated meaningful service user evaluation of Neurological therapies.
Nina Smith, Consultant Neurological Physiotherapist and owner of Neuro Matters has 25 years of extensive and varied neurological rehabilitation experience.
Nina qualified from Edinburgh in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy. She worked in Norfolk from 1993-1996 where she gained a broad range of junior experience and specialised neurological skills as a Senior Physiotherapist. Nina then travelled and worked overseas, gaining experience in several rehabilitation centres in Australia as well as treating Aboriginal people in remote area communities.
Nina graduated from Nottingham University with an MSc in Rehabilitation in 2004; her research project was a study of the speed and symmetry of sit-to-stand in post stroke adults at different stages of recovery.
Nina then worked as a Physiotherapy Lecturer and Research Physiotherapist at Keele University from 2005 to 2008, where she supervised the research projects of Postgraduate as well as Undergraduate students. Nina was the Research Physiotherapist for a Stroke Association funded research project investigating the effect of differing doses of Physiotherapy on upper limb recovery in post-stroke adults.
* Ref: Hunter SM, Hammett L, Smith N, Ball S, Anderson C, Clark A, Tallis R, Rudd A, Pomeroy V (2011). Appropriate dose of Mobilisation and Tactile Stimulation to Enhance Upper Limb Recovery early after Stroke: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, volume 25, number 4, p314-322.
Neuro Matters - Putting the pieces back together
Meet The Team
Nina Smith (MSc, BSc Hons, MCSP, MHPC.)
Consultant Neurological Physiotherapist
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
Nina enjoys treating people with a variety of neurological disorders at different stages of their rehabilitation and works in close partnership with each individual and their family to help them achieve and exceed their goals.
Fully trained in the Bobath Normal Movement approach as well as in the use of Bioness and Saebo devices, Nina is passionate about using emerging research findings, assistive technologies and creative thinking to enhance her clients' treatment outcomes. Nina regularly uses Functional Electrical Stimulation (F.E.S.), modified Constraint Induced Therapy, Mirror box therapy and the Nintendo Wii within her treatment sessions to enhance each client’s interaction with their rehabilitation.
Nina has a special interest in fitness training and self-practice in neurological rehabilitation; she provides exercise programmes to groups as well as individuals with neurological disorders.
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