Paul Tompkins Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Specialist

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About us - The Team

Paul Tompkins

Paul John Tompkins BSC (Hons) Pg Dip (Sport and Exercise Medicine)
Chartered Physiotherapist – Member of Health & Care Professions Council

Paul graduated from the University Brighton with a BSc Hons. in Physiotherapy in 2000. He completed his basic grade rotations in Outpatients, Neurology, Orthopaedics and respiratory at Southmead Hospital in Bristol before beginning to specialise in musculoskeletal conditions. Whilst working at the hospital he also worked as physiotherapist for AXA FC they established themselves in the Gloucestershire County league. He also worked part-time for the University of Bath working in many sports including rugby union, netball and trampolining. He later went on to be the head physiotherapist for the Bristol Rovers Centre of Excellence looking after players from aged 16 to 18.

In 2004 Paul left the NHS to take up a role as Head physiotherapist at Bristol rugby club. In his first season Bristol were promoted the Guiness Premiership. Bristol then upset the odds by avoiding relegation the following season before going onto finish 3rd and qualify for the Heineken cup for the first time in their history. During this time Paul managed the medical team responsible for looking after a squad which included several current and former international stars. During this time Paul also managed to complete a Post graduate diploma with merit in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

In 2008 Paul moved onto the next stage in his career working in private practice in Wiltshire before returning to Bristol to establish Paul Tompkins Physiotherapy and taking up a role as an Extended scope Practitioner for South Gloucestershire PCT. This role involved Specialist Orthopaedic triage for patients who had been referred for possible surgical intervention. In this time he developed specialist skills in requesting radiological investigations as well as becoming an injection therapist. He also spent one year successfully managing the service at a time when the NHS was going through significant change.

In the last four years Paul has been teaching on the undergraduate Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy degrees at the University of the West of England. The continued success of Paul Tompkins Physiotherapy led Paul to leave the NHS in January 2012 to combine private practice with a formal part-time teaching role.

Paul has a wealth of experience in Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal medicine and Sports Injury management and this widespread knowledge allows him to treat patients in a holistic manner as well as being able to decide if and how Physiotherapy may be helpful. He has very close links with specialists both locally and nationally and regularly receives referrals for specialist rehabilitation.

Away from physiotherapy Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Clair and daughter Lottie. He plays golf (badly!) and swims. He also enjoys reading and has a particular interest in military history.

Jo Chard

Jo graduated from UWE Bristol in 2007 with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She started her career in the NHS in the West Midlands in an Acute Hospital to complete a variety of rotations including orthopaedics, acute stroke, early intervention and on call respiratory. This gave her a good knowledge of working in different areas of physiotherapy.

She always had an interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy so took a static post in North Somerset Community Services in 2008 as her desire was always to come back to the West Country. This broadened her knowledge and experience with musculoskeletal conditions.

Jo has undertaken a variety of Post Graduate Courses including Acupuncture and is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. She also has assisted with community research projects for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

In 2011 Jo went on to progress her musculoskeletal career in South Gloucestershire and continues to work part time for Sirona Care & Health.

As well as her physiotherapy career Jo has 2 young children and enjoys spending time with them and her husband Lee. She enjoys keeping fit by running and walking their 4 year old Labrador Bailey.

Barbara Finch

In 1995, I qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Coventry and have been working as an adult and paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapist most of my career.

For the last 20 years I have been working in a number of Bristol hospitals, including Frenchay and Southmead and continue to do so on a part time basis.

I have gained experience in and specialise in the treatment of spines, lower limb conditions, shoulder rehabilitation, sports injuries, orthopaedic trauma, hydrotherapy and paediatrics. During this time I completed a number of post graduate courses to enhance my practice, including acupuncture and Pilates.

For several years, I specialised in Paediatric Rheumatology.  As a result, I now have a wealth of experience in treating both adult and paediatric musculoskeletal conditions and particular expertise in the management of children with arthritis, connective tissue disease and adolescent pain.

Working in both the NHS and private practice ensures that I have access to current clinical knowledge and research whilst having time to spend with my patients.

Jane West

Jane graduated with a Physio degree from Nottingham University in 2007.

She worked for a 2 year period within the NHS, first completing her Junior rotations and then working as a Senior Physio within musculoskeletal services.

She has a keen interest in sports injuries and has worked with athletes from various disciplines. For the last 5 seasons, she has worked full time for Bath Rugby, including 2 years within the Academy and 3 years as Senior Physiotherapist for the first team.

We are pleased that she has chosen to join us.

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Professional bodies

Paul Tompkins Physiotherapy is a full member of each of the following professional bodies: