Newcastle-based Physiotherapy Matters has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Chris Barrett.

Chris has joined the firm as business manager and senior physiotherapist, a role which will see him assist with operational management as well as utilise his skills as an experienced physiotherapist.

Chris’s role will include driving forward the three core areas of the business – occupational health, NHS and private clinics. Chris will support the business with its ambitious growth plans, as well as: explore opportunities within new markets; assist the business in attaining new accreditations; oversee the day-to-day running of on and off-site clinics; and ensure all services are managed within the framework of robust clinical governance, professional standards and the Healthcare Standards Act 2000.

Chris’s role as senior physiotherapist will see him treating patients at both Darras Hall and Gosforth.

Chris graduated from the University of Teesside in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and is registered by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP). Chris also represented Great Britain in White Water Canoe Slalom for many years and then went on to coach the team.

He has extensive experience in the physiotherapy field, having previously worked in both the NHS and private sector. Chris worked in a private clinic for the past nine years, treating a mixture of elite athletes, occupational health clients and private clients. In addition to manual therapy, Chris also provided ergonomic advice and work station assessments.

Launched in 2006, Physiotherapy Matters offers services to both private and NHS patients, as well as providing tailored corporate solutions across public sector organisations including a police force and the NHS, as well as corporate clients such as Newcastle International Airport, DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd and Virgin Money.

Physiotherapy Matters’ qualified industry professionals deliver pioneering physiotherapy, acupuncture and injection treatments across the full range of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, including sports injuries, arthritis and back injuries.

Nick Livadas, clinical manager at Physiotherapy Matters, said: “Chris brings with him a breadth of experience and has invaluable expertise when it comes to treating sports injuries. Having been involved in elite sport for the last 25 years, he has a great understanding of the challenges that an athlete faces.

“We pride ourselves on our dedication to providing clients with treatments and advice of a remarkably high quality, and I am confident that this is what Chris will deliver. I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Speaking of his role, Chris said: “I have a passion for ensuring that as a physiotherapist I fully understand the needs of my patients and can provide them with the highest level of care. It is vital that patients receive the right treatment, at the right time.  It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about an employee with back pain who works for one of our large contracts, or an elite athlete.

“Physiotherapy Matters is renowned for offering clients an exceptional service. Manual therapy and rehabilitation is at the heart of what we do at Physiotherapy Matters, I am therefore thrilled to be joining the company.”

Chris’s appointment follows a period of growth for Physiotherapy Matters which, in line with its recent tenth anniversary, launched an innovative new service Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in partnership with Newcastle Foot Clinic. As part of its growth strategy Physiotherapy Matters continues to recruit.