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Let’s introduce you to Amrik Sidhu Lead Physiotherapist.

I am proud to be the Lead Physiotherapist, working with the very professional and dedicated team of therapists here at The Brightwell. The work we do in the Physiotherapy Department helps support those living with long term neurological conditions to maintain their fitness, activity, and functional needs of daily living.

Part of my role is to see all new members joining The Brightwell personally for their first appointment for an initial assessment of their conditions and symptoms, evaluate and analyse the impact of symptoms on their functionality, and to jointly set personal objectives and goals through a therapeutic programme.

I am always keen to ensure that the physio team members keep up to date with current research, evidence, and the national clinical guidelines to provide an individually tailored therapy plan, to support our service users.

I was born into a Punjabi Sikh family, living in New Delhi, capital of India. New Delhi is a busy and vibrant place to live, filled with colour and numerous festivals all the year around.

After graduating from New Delhi University in 2005, I worked in that location for two years and then made the decision to come to the UK. In 2007, I gained a place at Queen Margaret University, in Edinburgh, to pursue an MSc in Physiotherapy, specialising in neurology and research. . My research focused on the effect of strengthening and endurance exercise on mobility in Stroke Survivors.

After working for a short period as an occupational health physiotherapist for Lothian Council and part-time at the MS Therapy Centre in Edinburgh, I joined the West of England MS Therapy Centre in 2010. At that time we were based in Nailsea.

I have been very fortunate, with support from The Brightwell, to be able to develop my knowledge by being involved with several academic programmes, including being a visiting lecturer at UWE, and an Associate Lecturer with Cardiff University.

I am the proud Dad of two amazing daughters, aged12 and 5 years. I have lived in Bradley Stoke since 2012, when the Centre relocated to the area. I fell in love with Bristol on my first visit, due to its history, varied culture, food and atmosphere, I felt that Bristol was similar to New Delhi. in many ways although much colder!

As well as spending time with my family, I enjoy all kinds of sports, swimming, running, Badminton, playing card games, plus I’m a bit of a Sci-Fi fan.

I am a very keen environmentalist and constantly encourage friends and family to recycle and reuse items and to be aware of their carbon footprint.

I love being part of the team at The Brightwell, knowing we can help so many people. I am lucky enough to have known lots of the members since joining in 2010 and this makes my work very rewarding.

Amrik Sidhu

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