Michelle is responsible for directing and promoting continuous improvements in clinical governance, best practice and quality of care delivery across all Inspire Neurocare services.
Inspire Neurocare is the result of Michelle’s vision of an ideal care and rehabilitation service - built around the unique needs of people with neurological conditions and symptoms.
In her role, she leads and supports the Quality Assurance team. Having recruited the Inspire Worcester team, Michelle provides clinical oversight and continues to support the clinical and therapy teams to ensure that every service provides exceptional neurocare and rehabilitation.
Through the Clinical Governance and Clinical Innovation and Best Practice Forums, Inspire Neurocare services strive to improve the quality of people’s experience and rehabilitation outcomes and ensure compliance with internal and external quality standards.
Michelle is a highly skilled clinician with 27 years’ experience in healthcare, within both the NHS and the independent sector. After achieving a BSc in Physiotherapy in 1991, Michelle worked at Southampton General Hospital, gaining experience in a range of specialisms.
Whilst there her interest in Neurology and Neurorehabilitation was nurtured and then enhanced by a year working in a rehabilitation centre in Chicago, where she developed an extensive understanding of rehabilitation. On her return to the UK, Michelle assisted the development of the gait laboratory within a neurorehabilitation hospital, expanding her skills in biomechanical analysis, orthotics and spasticity management.
In 2008, Michelle completed a master's level Injection Therapy course (2006) and Non-medical prescribing qualification (2008) at Coventry University and whilst working as a lead clinician in a regional specialist NHS hospital - the Central England Rehabilitation Unit.
Since leaving the NHS in 2010, Michelle has successfully commissioned and established a number of neurological services, including Hunters Moor in Birmingham and Badby Park Group, leading the teams and developing the facilities to become successful and award-winning. In addition to her work with Inspire Neurocare, Michelle is the Clinical Director of Hamberley Care Homes, which provide luxury residential care for older people.
Michelle has spoken at international conferences including the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation in Hong Kong and Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in Queenstown, New Zealand, as well as many national conferences.
Michelle continues to be dedicated to promoting quality, best practice and continued learning within neurorehabilitation, also providing post-graduate training for healthcare professionals in her areas of expertise on a national basis.
Throughout her career, Michelle has worked with eminent professors and leading clinicians and has many links with organisations in the neuro healthcare field, including UKABIF, regional acquired brain injury forums and INPA. An active person, when choosing her degree course aged 18, Michelle chose physiotherapy over dancing. She still enjoys dancing around the kitchen with her daughters and Dexter the dog.
Michelle with Marc Russell and the Inspire team on opening day 2020
Inspire Neurocare Worcester has been given a glowing report by the Care Quality Commission, who praised the service for treating residents with dignity and respect.
Two Physiotherapy Students have joined the Inspire Neurocare team for a two-month placement at the specialist neurorehabilitation service.