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Witty, Pask and Buckingham
img_0623Witty, Pask and Buckingham is a private physiotherapy practice in Billing Road, Northampton. There are currently twelve physiotherapists working at the practice with a combined experience of over 125 years. 

Phil Pask and Mark Buckingham have had extensive experience in physiotherapy in sports, as has many of the physios at the practice. Phil is the current England and Lions Rugby Physiotherapist and Mark worked for EIS and UK Athletics through two Olympic Games. The practice however caters for everybody and the majority of patients are 'normal' people. Please look at the website, for more information.

The involvement in The Hernia Clinic has come about through a mutual interest and understanding of this often poorly diagnosed condition, especially the more subtle issues that sports people can struggle with. Following several years of honing the assessment and rehabilitation of this condition with Rob Hicks we decided that there was a place for a detailed and informed website for information and referral purposes as well as a medium for a more high tech rehabilitation experience. 


Phil Pask MSc, BA, MSCP
Phil graduated from the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy at Birmingham University. He has had a keen interest in health related fitness since graduating with a Sports Science Degree in 1981 and has combined interest in both areas by obtaining a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and Sports Injury in 1999.

Phil has taken part in sport at national level in rugby, triathlon and judo.   He has been Physiotherapist to the England Rugby team since 1997 including the 2003 Grand Slam Team, the 1999 and 2007 World Cup Squad and the winning World Cup team in 2003. Phil was also the British and Irish Lions Senior Physiotherapist for the tour to New Zealand 2005 and South Africa 2009.


Mark Buckingham MCSP Dip AP Phys Sports
Mark trained in Bath, specialising in sports physiotherapy with a post-graduate Diploma at the London Hospital.   Mark worked for five years at the Arts Educational School in Tring, a leading Dance School and spent time at the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium Clinic. This led to work with Northampton Saints and the Great Britain Athletics squad.   He has attended numerous international competitions as Team Physiotherapist since 1995 and worked at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics.   Mark was lead physiotherapist for UK Athletics at the High Performance Centre at Loughborough and was responsible for setting up the centre's physiotherapy unit. With the advent of The English Institute of Sport Mark became lead physiotherapist responsible for the clinical aspects of servicing two hundred and fifty elite athletes at Loughborough. Following the Athens Olympics Mark resigned from this post but still covers as a consultant physiotherapist to the English Institute of Sport.

Mark continues to travel with UK Athletics as team Physio having now completed 11 World and European Cross Country Championships.

In 1996 Mark began part time work at Witty and Pask through his friendship with Phil. Following the retirement of Paul Witty in 1999 Mark bought half of the practice and formed a partnership with Phil. Mark lectures widely on sports physiotherapy, but particularly on trunk stability and biomechanics.

Bill Mackay MSc, MCSP
Bill trained in the Royal Air Force and graduated as a physiotherapist in 1969.   He has served extensively at home and abroad in a variety of disciplines, including orthopaedics, intensive rehabilitation and sports injury management. He has been physiotherapist to the Singapore State XV, the England Rugby XV and a touring Wallabies side.   He has also looked after a number of semi-professional soccer teams over the years and is currently a lecturer for the FA on sports injuries. 

In 1994, Bill gained a Masters Degree in Research and Rehabilitation rom the University of Southampton.   Prior to his departure from the RAF in June 1997 he was the Rehabilitation Officer at the internationally renowned Defence Services Rehabilitation Unit, Headley Court in Surrey and he was also the most senior physiotherapist in the threeArmedServices.

Sue Hayes MSc, MCSP
Sue qualified in 1985 from St Thomas Hospital.   She has worked in out-patients for the NHS and privately since 1987.   She developed an interest in sports medicine through working with Northampton Saints Rugby Club and subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy.

Keith Allen-Shirtcliffe BSc (Hons.) MCSP

Keith qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) degree from Coventry University.  He then specialised in musculoskeletal disorders, especially sports and spinal injuries.  He has undertaken extensive post graduate training including sports specific courses, acupuncture and soft tissue treatment.

Keith has worked extensively in the NHS as a Senior Physiotherapist working alongside Orthopaedic Consultants and overseeing the rehabilitation of post operative and fracture patients.  He has also run rehabilitation classes for people needing to improve their spinal stability.

As a keen triathlete Keith has a particular interest in the analysis of human movement, promoting efficient body mechanics and the prevention of injury.  He believes it is important to get an athlete back training quickly but safely.

David Bradbrook BSc(Hons), MCSP

David graduated from the University of East London in 2002 with a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy. His professional career began at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex. During his 4 years there he progressed to a senior physiotherapist and treated a variety of acute and chronic conditions. This included complex joint reconstruction, management of a back pain rehabilitation programme and a year working with the shoulder and upper limb unit covering peripheral nerve injuries and complex shoulder disorders.

During his time at Stanmore David also worked part-time at a private practice in Hendon which specialised in whiplash/spinal conditions, shoulder rehabilitation and sports injuries.

He relocated to Northamptonshire in 2006 and to take up a senior physiotherapist role at the Northampton General Hospital. He started working with us at WPB in November 2006.

David is a fully qualified acupuncturist and a published author in this field. He has also developed a specialist interest in sports science/medicine, and is currently the lead physiotherapist to the Old Northamptonians RFC.

Matt Lee BSc, MCSP

Matt graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2001 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy, following his graduation from the University of Teeside in 1997 with BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. He spent 5 further years in the North-East working in the NHS and private practice building his interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It was whilst working with Newcastle Falcons and Tynedale Rugby Clubs that he developed his speciality in sports physiotherapy.

Matt moved to Northampton in 2006 to take a position with Northampton Saints RFC and continues this alongside a part time role at Witty, Pask and Buckingham. He is currently completing his MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Barts & The Royal, Queen Mary University of London


Leian Lee BSc, MCSP

Leian qualified in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. She went on to work for the NHS and private practices throughout the North-East of England developing a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy along the way.

She relocated to Northampton in 2006 to take up a Senior Physiotherapist role at Northampton General Hospital and also works in orthopaedics at BMI Three Shires.

Leian is a fully qualified Injection Therapist and Acupuncturist.

Claire Todd BSc, MSCP

Claire graduated from Coventry University in 2001 with and Honours Degree in Physiotherapy.  Since then she has worked both in the NHS and in private practice in Northamptonshire.  During this time, she has gained valuable experience treating people with a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders and has developed a special interest in rehabilitation of the shoulder.  She has undertaken extensive post-graduate training including acupuncture, manual therapy and sports specific rehabilitation. 

Dan Barrett BSc, MCSP

Dan graduated from the University of Southampton in 2001 with BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy.  From there he spent four years at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he developed a specific interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  Whilst there he was involved in running the Back Care Programme and Knee Rehabilitation classes.
Since 2004 Dan has been providing in house physiotherapy to a number of GP surgeries in Milton Keynes and working in Private Practice.  He has experience in all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and orthopaedic rehabilitation and is also trained in Acupuncture.
Dan is interested in rugby and football and is a keen runner, having completed three marathons.

Chris Heywood, BSc, MCSP

Chris qualified from University of East London in 2000 and did his rotations in East London and Essex. Chris then moved up to Herts and worked as senior 2 locum in Medical then permanent Musculo Skeletal for one year. At the end of this year Chris moved to Wellingborough and worked in full time private practice for 5 years and took over as clinical lead after four.
Have just completed my MSc in Pain Management with University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Department of Anaesthetics, I took up my current position as 'clinical research fellow' for Nick Birch. This is currently concentrating on providing evidence based patient educational facilities culminating in a spinal education website.
When Chris doesn't work he walks, plays with his son and the dog, dabbles on the allotment and generally anything that doesn't involve medicine!


Mark Brennan BSc (Hons) MPhty (Musculoskeletal) MCSP

Mark qualified as Chartered Physiotherapist  in 1999.  He has vast experience in many specialities within musculoskeletal physiotherapy including working in a large London teaching hospital, work with the police and armed forces, occupational health, pain management and sports injuries.

After marrying his Australian wife in 2005, Mark moved to Brisbane Australia where he lived for three years.   During this time he worked in a very progressive clinic and completed a Masters degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the University of Queensland.  This gained Mark the Title of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Mark enjoys treating all areas of the body and has special interest in pinal pain, occupational health and chronic pain.

Rachel Nakash PhD, BSc, MCSP

Rachel qualified in 1991 from Coventry University with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy.   She developed an interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injuries and expanded on this whilst working in private practice in Australia for one year. Since returning to the UK Rachel has continued her post graduate education in manual therapy and muscle imbalance techniques. Rachel has recently completed her Doctorate in Physiotherapy.

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