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Therapies at Glencairn House


Physiotherapy – for

life-long mobility




Physiotherapy is a health care profession which provides services to individuals in order to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, disease or environmental factors.

Get the quality of life you deserve

Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation.

Examination and diagnosis

Physiotherapists utilize an individual’s history and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan, and when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies. Electro diagnostic testing (e.g. electro myograms and nerve conduction velocity testing) may also be of assistance.

What is covered?

Physiotherapy has many specialities including cardio pulmonary, geriatrics, neurologic, orthopaedic and paediatrics to name some of the more common areas. Physiotherapists practise in many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, education and research centres, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centres and sports training facilities.


Carolyn Humphrey Grad Dip Phys MCSP MAACF HCPC.reg

I am an experienced and enthusiastic Physiotherapist, specialising in treatment of musculoskeletal, sports and spinal problems and am also trained in Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture and Shockwave Therapy.

I qualified in 1993 from The Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in London, then spent 5 years in the NHS in Slough, then as a Senior in Frimley in Berkshire. It is this period which gave me a large base of experience to then be able to move on in Physiotherapy and specialise. I then travelled to Australia. Working for two years in a clinic with close ties to a health club, I treated rugby and Aussie rules footballers, triathletes and also Paralympians in preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games.

On my return to England I worked in Yorkshire helping to expand a local Private Physiotherapy clinic and also provided specialist Physiotherapy services to a Spinal Research establishment which performs pioneering laser surgery. Yorkshire was also a place where the outdoors was on my doorstep, I treated many outdoor sports people, and fell in love with the outdoors myself!

I have also trained in the Sarah Key Method of treating back and neck problems, which brings together long-held knowledge about the breakdown of the spine and creates a patient-centred, manual and self-treatment program to effectively treat the commonest forms of spinal problems more efficiently and quickly than ever before.

Most recently I qualified in Acupuncture which has added a powerful extra dimension to my treatment, to enable more rapid pain relief in acute conditions and also finally to treat together, in a truly holistic fashion, all the factors contributing to a patient’s condition.

I am also an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor and have a lovely son who keeps me on the go!

I look forward to meeting (and treating) you.


Ali Chambler MCSP/HCPC

I trained at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London and qualified in 1992.

I worked at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, London from 1992-1999, which included working at Putney Hospital, Richmond Rehabilitation Unit and GP surgeries in Barnes, Roehampton and Teddington. Whilst at Queen Mary’s, I specialised in Muscular Skeletal disorders.

After Queen Mary’s, I worked for just under a year at Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor, Berkshire before starting a family.

I moved to Sherborne in 2003 and returned to work in 2007.

I particularly enjoy treating backs, necks, sports injuries, hands and giving post-operative care and treatment. I am also interested in biomechanics.

I enjoy running and swimming when not busy with my 3 teenage children!

Kate Bray MCSP HCPC.reg

I trained at the Middlesex Hospital, London, qualifying in 1978.

Since then I have worked at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital before coming to the West Country in 1984 to take up the post of Deputy Superintendent Physiotherapist at Yeovil District Hospital.

I was the South West Regional Physiotherapist for the Lawn Tennis Association.

I have extensive experience in most Muscular Skeletal problems with a specific interest in shoulders.

I joined Glencairn part time in 1984 and then full time in 1988.

Catherine Broadley PhD HCPC MCSP

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist, specialising in neurological conditions and other impairments that include:


•Traumatic brain injury

•Parkinson’s disease

•Motor Neurone disease

•Multiple sclerosis

These, and other, conditions, often result in:

•Muscle weakness in arms and legs

•Tight or stiff muscles

•Impaired Balance

•Difficulty walking

•Dexterity and coordination problems

•Difficulty with performing everyday tasks

•Decreased confidence

•Risk and Fear of Falling

Depending on your condition, it is often possible to make significant improvements, but for others the aim is to maintain their current ability for as long as possible.

I specialise in rehabilitation of neurological disorders and general mobility.  After a BSc in Anatomy, I completed an MSc in Rehabilitation followed by a PhD in Stroke Care, while working clinically at St George’s Hospital in London. Since then I have continued to work in Neurological Rehabilitation, and Mobility in older people.  

After moving to Dorset in 2010 I joined the Glencairn team, providing private physiotherapy for people in their own homes, residential, or nursing home care.  I am now starting a Tuesday morning Clinic at Glencairn House, for people who wish to be seen in a clinic setting.

My aims are to improve your mobility, your ability to carry out everyday tasks, your independence, your confidence, and your quality of life.  

Rachael Hufton BSc (Hons) MCSP HPC

I am an enthusiastic Chartered Physiotherapist, with over 20 year’s experience, specialising in Paediatrics and Respiratory Care. I have extensive experience in the treatment and management of multiple conditions that include:

  • Respiratory (Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, Long term ventilation, tracheostomy)
  • Neurological Conditions (Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy including Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy rehabilitation, stroke)
  • Neuromuscular conditions (Spinal muscular atrophy, Muscular Dystrophy, neuropathies, Guillan Barre syndrome)
  • Syndromes
  • Developmental delay
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal problems (Scoliosis, post-trauma rehabilitation)

I qualified in 1995 from Birmingham University School of Physiotherapy with a BSc (Hons) Degree. Initially working at Brighton Health Care NHS Trust as a Junior Physiotherapist, gaining a broad range of clinical experience in Neurology, General Medicine, Orthopaedics, Outpatient, Elderly Rehabilitation, Acute Neurology, General surgery and Amputees, Intensive Care and Acute Respiratory and Paediatrics.

My extensive Paediatric experience has been gained whilst working at Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Specialist and Team Lead. During this 20 year period, I have specialised in Paediatric Intensive Care, treating respiratory patients and long term ventilation, neurological and neuromuscular conditions including trauma, surgery and Head injuries, Stroke and SDR rehabilitation: Orthopaedics, Oncology, Cardiology and Burns.

As a champion of Paediatric Physiotherapy, I have been a Vice-Chair to The Paediatric Intensive Care Physiotherapy Interest Group and sat on the National Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists Board. During this time I have run regional courses and guest lectured at Universities.

I am happy to come to your own home to provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and evidenced-based treatment or rehabilitation plan. Whilst many conditions can be significantly improved with Physiotherapy intervention, others require maintenance and appropriate management, always with the aim of improving quality of life for the child and their family. My approach is child-centred and fun while being mindful of the needs of the entire family. It is with this approach that I aim to provide therapy within your home environment, school or if needed within the practice.

Outside of work, I enjoy having fun with my school-aged children, and if I have any spare time I enjoy running, cycling and sea swimming.

Rachael Hufton

“I just wanted to quickly thank you for the, quite frankly, brilliant treatment session, last week; It was a revelation. I really do feel so much better: importantly, sufficiently confidant enough to really kick on and start running again. Bless you. All bests  CJ”