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Gemma Rous -

Gemma is a highly specialist paediatric physiotherapist who works with children aged 0-19.

She has extensive experience of children with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and working with children and their families with complex physical disabilities including PMLD (Profound multiple learning difficulties). She has also worked with musculoskeletal and other neurological conditions.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Assessment, treatment and reports
  • Experience in Conductive Education
  • Bobath trained
  • School liaison/ Transition services between special needs and mainstream education
  • Writing Home exercise programmes
  • Providing training for support workers/carer’s
  • Assessment and prescription of specialist equipment for use at home and school
  • Can offer a range of treatment approaches including:
    • Hydrotherapy
    • Paediatric Kinesio Taping
    • Exercise therapy

Gemma is an active member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapy (APCP).

Location

Gemma is based in Devon and works for ILS the South West. She can offer flexibility in treatment to suit the needs of the child and family including evening and weekend appointments

Professional Information

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) Brunel University

Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP)

Membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Membership of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)

Membership of Association of Physiotherapists working in international health and development (ADAPT)

Career to Date

Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Solutions

Specialist physiotherapist working for ILS Rehab Solutions with children aged 0-19 years.

  • Carrying out home assessment and treatment
  • Providing equipment advice for home
  • Liaising between home and school

Paediatric Physiotherapist in the community in North Devon

  • Working with children 0-18 with orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
  • Gemma is also involved in early screening for neurological impairment on special care baby unit.

Lead Physiotherapist, Side by Side, East London.

Gemma led the physiotherapy services at Side by Side, an independent charitable status, special needs school and nursery.

  • Assessing and treating children aged 2 years to 15 with a complex range of disabilities.
  • Set-up and delivery of group therapy
  • Advising on classroom equipment
  • Implementing Home exercise programmes
  • Working with teachers/carer’s

Paediatric Physiotherapist, Multi Agency International Training and Support (MAITS)

Gemma is part of a small voluntary team making field trips to Bangladesh to support in the development of Physiotherapy and educational services. She is involved in:

  • Designing & delivering training and support to special needs schools/clinics in Bangladesh.
  • Promoting the development of therapy services to children with physical, social and emotional disabilities.
  • Providing occupational advice to teachers and therapists regarding manual handling.
  • Long distance training /monitoring via Skype & email.

Paediatric Physiotherapist-The PACE Centre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Gemma worked for 3 years at this charity that provides physiotherapy within an educational and community setting for children with cerebral palsy and neurodevelopment delay.

  • Conductive education combined with exercise therapy and Bobath principles.
  • Assessing and treating children aged 3-14 with cerebral palsy and other genetic/congenital conditions.
  • Working in transition services with children moving from special needs to mainstream schooling.
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Hydrotherapy

Physiotherapist: International Hospital Kampala, Uganda.

Gemma covered a broad range of treatment modalities across varying areas of expertise areas of expertise treating both adults and children and also worked 1 day a week at a specialist children’s Orthopaedic & Neurological rehabilitation centre, Katelemwa Children’s Home.

Prior to 2008 Gemma gained experience working across a range of clinical settings, treating both adults and children.

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