Map of Members and Committee Profiles (members only)

 Where in the World?  Use the map below to find out where other ADAPT members have been, and are currently working.Below this, you can find the profiles of the current ADAPT committee.

Between all members of ADAPT there is a wealth of experience of working across the globe.  The map below identifies countries ADAPT members have worked in (red), and where we are curently working (green).  

If you are working in a similar location or specialty as someone on the map, feel free to contact members directly.  If they have not left their contact details, please email adaptenquiries@gmail.com and we will contact them on your behalf.

 If you would like to add or update your details on the map, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.  Please complete one form per country worked.

 

Committee Member Profiles

Alice Harvey (Chair)                             

 

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My passion for international work started whilst volunteering in Tanzania as I was studying for my BSc in physiotherapy.  With more professional skills under my belt I combined work in the National Health Service with several short trips to Tanzania and Senegal, mainly working in the field of Community Based Rehabilitation.  I had then very much been bitten by the travel and work bug!  I was fortunate to be able to do a three month diploma in International Community Healthcare, and more recently a Masters in Humanitarian Programme Management at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where my research was on how people with disabilities were involved in preparation for future disasters.  I worked for CBM for a year in Haiti in response to the earthquake, and am hoping to be able to join the response to the Syrian crisis with refugee populations in 2014.  I am thrilled to be involved with ADAPT, joining people passionate about enhancing quality rehabilitation and access to services for people with disabilities internationally.

Rosalie Barrett (Research Officer)

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Hello! I have a strong interest in international health and development, which stems from my childhood living in various countries until the age of 18. I have also spent 9 months working in Tanzania, where I was mainly involved in a school-based development project. Currently, I work for the NHS in pre-hospital care, rapid response, acute rehabilitation, and accident and emergency as a clinical lead physiotherapist. I am also undertaking a part-time research fellowship (MRes) supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at the University of Brighton. I am researching the role of physiotherapy within pre-hospital care. I would eventually like to undertake research within developing countries, specifically looking at the role of physiotherapy and the contribution that physiotherapists make during times of natural or man-made crisis. I continue to try and balance my NHS work with short trips abroad to work on rehabilitation projects. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of the ADAPT committee and I am really passionate about the importance of promoting and undertaking physiotherapy research both at home and abroad.

 

Stuart Garrett (Secretary)

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I work clinically in St James’s Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Ireland and based in Dublin. I have also worked in a Dublin based private practice, a rehabilitation hospital specialising in orthopaedics and I have lectured on several modules for students in University College Dublin (UCD) and performed a research assistant role at the university.

As well as actively seeking to become a highly competent general physiotherapist I have a keen interest in development and global health. I have been working voluntarily at Kisiizi Hospital in south west Uganda since 2005. I have worked voluntarily and in and administrative capacity for a charity called UCD Volunteers Overseas (www.ucdvo.org ). I am a member of the charities board of trustees which is a very interesting experience. The charity UCDVO is based in UCD and while undertaking my undergraduate degree I worked in Haiti, Nicaragua, and India with UCDVO and undertook my own physiotherapy elective placement in Uganda at Kisiizi Hospital. After graduating I worked in Uganda for 6 months at Kisiizi and then proceeded to establish the UCDVO Uganda Project by bringing the charity in the university and the Hospital in Uganda together. This project is for Health Sciences students to undertake their elective placement formally in a developing country under the supervision of a qualified professional. The qualified professional travels with the students. This ensures a high quality/accreditation of their placement and eases the burden on local staff who are accommodating the placement. The Uganda project has now run for 3 years and it is an MDT elective with medical and nursing students travelling with the physiotherapy students. This feeds into 2 interests of mine which are interdisciplinary learning/working and harnessing the massive potential within young people/students to work towards the greater good of humanity and being advocates for change based on experiences they have had working in the developing world. Based on the Uganda model for elective placements 3 further elective physiotherapy and MDT placement sites have been developed. These partners are in North and South India and in west Uganda.

Lesley Gillon (past chair)                                        

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Lesley is a physiotherapist who has lived and worked overseas for many years, mostly in the Middle East including countries such as Jordan, Oman, Syria and Yemen. ” Living in these wonderful countries has given me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of working with different cultures and religions”.

More recently Lesley has been training physiotherapists in Syria and Tanzania.

Lesley has been a lecturer at the University of the West of England for the last 12 years and she also runs a small private practice specialising in the treatment of children and adults with a neurological conditions.

“Combining university work, private work and volunteering overseas is always a challenge but I truly believe that they all complement each other”.

I am very proud to be the current Chair of ADAPT and to be part of the team trying to raise the profile of ADAPT worldwide. One of our current projects is to combine with OT Frontiers and CTI to organise a joint study day and information pack for therapists who wish to work in International health and development.

Hannah Louissaint (Public Relations Officer)        

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My passion for international development and global health came from my first trip to Ghana as a newly qualified physiotherapist in 2006.  More recently I spent two years in Haiti in three main roles, focused initially on developing an inpatient and outpatient therapy service, and implementing a Community Based Rehab program (in which I have completed the CBR online certificate program run by Queen’s University, Canada). My more recent work has been in coordination, networking and management of healthcare services, with a community-led, sustainable ethos.  I am now based in London, working as a neuro physiotherapist, but also work as volunteer coordinator for a grass roots NGO working in Haiti.

Antony Duttine (Website Officer)                                   
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Antony is the Rehabilitation Technical Advisor in Global Health for Handicap International based in the USA.   He worked at the HI Headquarters in Lyon in 2011 developing a strategy on improving rehabilitation networks into the health sector, which included attending the UN High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases in Sept 2011.  Prior to working in this role Antony was based in Afghanistan as Technical Coordinator for HI’s programmes and has also worked in Namibia for the Ministry of Health and Social Services through VSO. 

Antony worked in the NHS in Cheltenham after graduating from Southampton University in 2001. 

Ruth Murphy (Membership Secretary)                      

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With an interest in working in a developing country using my physiotherapy skills, I spent just over three months in Thailand when I graduated in 2010. While in Thailand, I worked with children from orphanages who had disabilities, and also experienced 'Community Based Rehabilitation' projects to promote children staying within their families.  I still have close ties to the charity, and am interested and open for my skills to be used in this way in the future! Since that experience, I have worked in the UK with both adults, and now in paediatrics where I have a particular interest.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in ADAPT as membership secretary.

Sarah Peck (Research Officer)

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I qualified with a Bsc (hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia in 2004 and have since worked in the UK and overseas (mainly in India). Over the last six years I have specialised in neurological rehabilitation, in particular working with people with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. I am especially interested in enabling people with disabilities to participate fully in society and do the things that are important to them, an ethos that I believe is relevant across a global context. I have a passion for and appreciate the importance of research and completed a Masters in Public Health and International Development at the University of Sheffield in September 2013. I started a PhD in International Development at the University of Sheffield in October 2014, and hope to be able to continue my clinical work on a part-time basis. I am really excited to be one of the ADAPT research officers and look forward to thinking about how we can make best use of all the innovative work that is being done in the field of disability and development.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling and being outside, either working on our allotment or walking in the Peak District.

Zoe Richards (Treasurer)

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My interest in working overseas developed following an extended period of travelling and studying field-guiding qualifications in South Africa. On my return I wanted to be able to combine my physiotherapy skills with the opportunity to work abroad and I joined ADAPT. Currently I work as a locum therapist specialising in respiratory care and have had the opportunity to work all over the UK. In the last year I signed up to the UK IETR, it presents fantastic challenges & educational opportunities to all staff involved; having undertaken the initial rehabilitation specific training I hope to be presented with the opportunity to partake in physiotherapy work oversea in the near future. I am very pleased to be joining the ADAPT committee and will strive to promote the hard work of my colleagues and healthcare development in the international community.

Nancy Rollinson (Newsletter co-editor)                       

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I started to work in international disability and development in 2002 as a VSO volunteer physiotherapist for the Ministry of Health in Kiribati, a small Pacific island country.  I currently work for Handicap International (HI) as disability technical coordinator in Sri Lanka, I worked for HI previously in Cambodia/Thailand and Bangladesh supporting projects in rehabilitation, socio economic development and disaster risk management. I am delighted to have the position of news letter co-editor and helping to bring forwards topical items of interest to ADAPT members and look forwards to exchanges with ADAPT members learning about their issues and interests to bring forwards through the newsletters.

Pete Skelton (Co-opt PRO)

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Pete Skelton is a London based Physiotherapist and Rehabilitation Project Manager with Handicap International. He has worked as part of emergency responses in Gaza, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya, Jordan and Haiti. Prior to this, he spent 10 years combining physiotherapy with his first degree in medical anthropology, balancing work in the NHS in London with development work in Africa and South East Asia. Pete’s current Handicap International project involves working in partnership with UK-Med and Save the Children to integrate rehabilitation professionals into the UK International Emergency Trauma Register. 

Joe Waite (Newsletter co- editor)

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I have had an interest in International Health & Development since completing a placement as part of my Undergraduate degree at a Children's Rehabilitation Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal . On finishing University in 2012 I returned to work in the Centre and at a nearby Spinal Injuries Care Home; working with local therapists to help develop the service. Since returning to the UK I have established a small charity called 'First Chance Nepal', dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people living in Nepal. I hope to gain more experience working in the health and development sector and feel privileged to be part of the Adapt committee.

 Laura Treacy (Co- opted member)

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I began working overseas in 2006 when I travelled to Kenya as part of the charity ‘Nuru of Mombasa’.  I then spent a year in Papua New Guinea setting up a physiotherapy department at a district hospital with VSO.  I wanted to expand my knowledge and understanding of global health and development and therefore, studied for my masters in International Community Health at the University of Oslo.  As part of these studies I conducted qualitative research in Sierra Leone for 4 months in 2013.  I now live in Norway with my husband and daughter, and (amongst other activities) I volunteer as a physio at a health centre for paperless migrants in the city. I have been a member of ADAPT for many years and value the support and information shared amongst our community, and am now happy to be a member of the committee.
 

 Caroline Marshall (Co- membership Secretary)

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Despite having worked in the NHS for what feels a long time, I have just carried out my first voluntary work overseas. I've recently returned from five months in Bhutan and before that spent some time in Nepal following the earthquake. In both places I carried out large amounts of teaching, to students and qualified staff. I'm now back working in Liverpool in an acute neuro hospital. As part of the adapt committee I'm planning on continuing to improve my organisational skills and keep my hand in with what's going on internationally as working or volunteering internationally is something I will definitely return to.

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Alice Harvey (Chair)                             

 

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My passion for international work started whilst volunteering in Tanzania as I was studying for my BSc in physiotherapy.  With more professional skills under my belt I combined work in the National Health Service with several short trips to Tanzania and Senegal, mainly working in the field of Community Based Rehabilitation.  I had then very much been bitten by the travel and work bug!  I was fortunate to be able to do a three month diploma in International Community Healthcare, and more recently a Masters in Humanitarian Programme Management at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where my research was on how people with disabilities were involved in preparation for future disasters.  I worked for CBM for a year in Haiti in response to the earthquake, and am hoping to be able to join the response to the Syrian crisis with refugee populations in 2014.  I am thrilled to be involved with ADAPT, joining people passionate about enhancing quality rehabilitation and access to services for people with disabilities internationally.