Clinical Directors

Special Olympics GB appoints Mandy Abbott as Clinical Director for Fit Feet at National Games

 

Special Olympics GB is extremely pleased to confirm that Mandy Abbott is to be the Clinical Director for Fit Feet.

Fit Feet is an essential part of the organisation’s Healthy Athletes Programme and the Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield in August 2017.

Mandy has been a lecturer in Podiatry at Glasgow Caledonian University since 2008.

Previously Mandy has worked in various NHS boards as a clinician and manager for 17 years.

Mandy’s interest is in sports injuries and lower limb biomechanics and has delivered CPD training in these topics nationally and internationally.

Mandy also worked with sports professionals including Scottish rugby and Scottish Premier Football teams.

In 2014 Mandy was the lead podiatrist in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and in 2015 travelled to Azerbaijan in June to be the Podiatrist for the first European Games.

As one of the Clinical Directors for Special Olympics GB, since 2005, Mandy has been involved in world games as well as national. Volunteering for Idaho 2009, Athens 2011 and Los Angeles 2015. Leading the Fit Feet team in Glasgow 2005, Pila 2007,  Leicester in 2009, Bath 2013 and is looking forward to Sheffield in 2017.

To contact Mandy: T: +44 (0)141 331 8567 : mandy.abbott@gcu.ac.uk
Mandy Abbott BSc, MSc, FFPM RCPS (Glas), FCPM, FHEA
Lecturer in Podiatry | Post Graduate Programme Lead |Department of Psychology and Allied Health Sciences,  School of Health & Life Sciences

Special Olympics GB appoints Caroline Hurst as the new ‘Opening Eyes’ Clinical Director for National Games

Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm Caroline Hurst as the charity‎'s new Clinical Director for ‘Opening Eyes’

‘Opening Eyes’ is an essential part of the organisation’s important Healthy Athletes Programme which takes place at the Special Olympics National Games in August 2017.

For ten years until 2011, Caroline was the Chairman of the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists (BABO), teaching core courses for BABO since 2015.

Caroline also gained Fellowship of BABO in April 2007.   She was the Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Local Optometric Committee from May 1998 to May 2007.

Caroline has been a volunteer with the Special Olympics in 2001, 2003 and 2005 Clinical Director for SOLCIOE GB programme since Sept 2008.

Caroline has also two published papers, one in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics in February 2006, and the other in Behavioural Optometry in February 2003.

To contact Caroline: cmfhurst@gmail.com

Special Olympics GB appoints Nicole Dunning as Clinical Director for Special Smiles

Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm Nicole Dunning as the charity's new Clinical Director for Special Smiles – part of the organisation’s Healthy Athletes Programme for #Sheffield17.

Special Smiles is a fitness screening event for Special Olympics athletes.  The key goal of Special Smiles is to assess athletes’ dental needs.

Special Olympics’ dental professionals emphasise the importance of good oral health, and can help signpost athletes into regular dental services. They also offer dental screening to identify any signs of dental disease

Nicole graduated with Honours in 1983 from the University of Leeds, School of Clinical Dentistry. After a period of time in hospital and general dental practice she has spent most of her career within community and special care dentistry, working both within primary care and at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield. She has a specialist interest in dental sedation.

She is currently Training Programme Director in Special Care Dentistry for Health Education England, Yorkshire and Humber (South) and East Midlands.

Nicole lives in Sheffield, is married, and has 2 daughters.

Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “We are delighted to have Nicole on board as part of the team. We are hoping to re-establish and strengthen our Healthy Athletes Programme over the next five years as part of our new strategy.  The health and fitness of our athletes and their families is a very important area of our work as we are not just about sport - we also integrate health education and screenings alongside all we do.

“Nicole will oversee the Special Smiles screenings at the forthcoming National Summer Games in  Sheffield.”

Nicole commented on her new role: “I am very much looking forward to taking up my new role with Special Olympics GB and hope the dental team can promote the benefits of good oral health to the estimated 2,600 athletes competing at the National Summer Games 2017.“

For further information on Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes and Special Smiles Programmes, please visit:
http://www.specialolympics.org/Sections/What_We_Do/Healthy_Athletes/Health_Programs.aspx

Contact details:
Mrs Nicole Dunning
BChD(Hons)MMedSciDGDP(UK)
Consultant in Special Care Dentistry Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
0114 3051863 Sheffield CDS Dental Headquarters
0114 2717946 Secretary Sandra Gurney CCDH Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
nicole.dunning@nhs.net

Special Olympics GB appoints Alistair Beverley as the charity's new ‘FUNFitness’ Clinical Director

 

Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm Alistair Beverley as the charity's new Clinical Director for ‘FUNFitness’ – part of the organisation’s Healthy Athletes Programme at the National Games in August 2017 in Sheffield.

FUNfitness is a fitness screening event for Special Olympics athletes.  The goals of FUNfitness are to assess needs in flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic fitness; teach exercises to help athletes improve identified areas of need; educate participants, families and coaches about the importance of flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic conditioning in overall fitness; and provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn how the physiotherapist can help them with fitness.

Special Olympics’ physiotherapists assess:

  • flexibility of the hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator, and hip flexor muscles;
  • functional strength of the abdominal and upper and lower extremity muscles; balance (single leg stance and functional reach); and aerobic fitness (Step test or Wheel test).

The screening also provides instruction to participants about how to stretch, strengthen and improve balance and fitness.

Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “We are very pleased to have Alistair on board. We are hoping to re-establish and strengthen our Healthy Athletes Programme over the next five years as part of our new strategy.  The health and fitness of our athletes and their families is a very important area of our work as we are not just about sport - we also integrate health education and screenings alongside all we do.

“Alistair will oversee the FUNFitness screenings at the forthcoming National Summer Games in  Sheffield and ongoing will be part of the SOGB Health & Wellbeing Committee.”

Alistair Beverley commented on his new role: “My role in the short term will entail heading up the ‘FUNFitness’ component of the Healthy Athletes Programme.  I will need to organise a team to run the programme which will work with the estimated 2,600 athletes competing at the National Summer Games 2017.

“Following on from those Games, I will be working as part of the SOGB health and wellbeing board.  Our objective is to help improve the uptake of healthcare and health screening by individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, working with an amazing team to make a real difference to people’s lives.  Most of all I am excited about meeting and working with a great number of inspirational athletes.

“It was a great privilege in 2015 to be part of the Special Olympics GB team that went to the World Summer Games – which has to be one of the highlights of my career.

“At the World Games, I was one of the two team physiotherapists for the highly successful SOGB squad. I worked at screening athletes for injuries and treated or gave advice to aid injury prevention.  The Games reinforced my desire to become more involved with Special Olympics GB on the same way as the summer games inspired me to apply for this role.”

For further information on Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes and ‘FUNFitness’ Programmes, please visit:

http://www.specialolympics.org/Sections/What_We_Do/Healthy_Athletes/Healthy_Athletes_FUNfitness.aspx

Contact details:alistairbeverley@portland.ac.uk

Wendy Stevens is the new clinical director for healthy hearing Special Olympics GB National Games #Sheffield17

Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm Wendy Stevens as the charity's new Clinical Director for Health Hearing which is part of the organisation’s Healthy Athletes Programme.

Wendy has been in Audiology Clinical Practice since 1986 where she started as a volunteer, and developed and delivered a specialist learning disability service in partnership with community services and an ENT Consultant.  Wendy has been a Senior Lecturer in Audiology at De Montfort University, from 2003 until the present day.

She in passionate about all aspects of Audiology, specifically in areas of rehabilitation, elderly, dementia care, learning disabilities and clinical practice.

On taking up this Special Olympics’ role, Wendy said: “I have been involved in Special Olympics since 2009, volunteering for Healthy Hearing.

“I am very passionate in trying to ensure that we offer the opportunity for as many athletes as possible to have their hearing screened as hearing is so vital in how we communicate. I am also passionate in being able to offer students the opportunity the be involved in Special Olympics as it is a very unique experience and a fantastic opportunity for learning and clinical experience.

“I am so looking forward to being the Clinical Director and am very honoured to be offered the opportunity.”

For further information on Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes Programmes, please visit:
http://www.specialolympics.org/Sections/What_We_Do/Healthy_Athletes/Health_Programs.aspx

Contact details: WStevens@dmu.ac.uk