Kay graduated from the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy in 1987 with a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, and soon discovered a passion for the specialist field of neurology and for treating children. Initially she worked in special care baby units and on acute children’s wards in the UK and in Australia, but then discovered children’s community physiotherapy and has worked in this area since 1992. This has involved working in schools, nurseries, children’s own homes and child development centres in London, South Shields and twice in Leeds.
For the last 18 years, she has worked for the Leeds Community Healthcare Trust as a Senior Physiotherapist and then as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatrics, until being made redundant in 2014. Her work concentrated on treating pre-school children with long term neurological disabilities and on developing a multidisciplinary postural care pathway for children and young adults with more severe problems. She has done a lot of further study into the area of postural care, but also in hydrotherapy and rebound therapy.
Kay has been lucky enough to complete the full Paediatric Bobath Course and the Advanced Early Intervention Bobath Course at the London Bobath Centre, which has given her a great foundation in the assessment and treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions. She is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).
In 2014 she started a Master’s degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, and so now also provides physiotherapy for animals as well as continuing to work with children and young adults as an independent Physiotherapist. She lives in the Ilkley area with her husband, two teenage children and dog. In her spare time she enjoys dog training and getting out into our beautiful countryside for walks (and scones)!