Rhiannon Ferguson-Thomas BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC

rhiannon ferguson-thomas

Rhiannon qualified as a physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 2002.

She specialised in Neurology after relocating to Bristol, having gained her general physiotherapy experience on rotations in Rotherham and gaining additional neurology skills while working within neurological rehabilitation and out-patients there and as a locum.  

She has been working within the field of neurology within the community of Bristol since 2008, currently leading the Specialist Community Neurology Service as their clinical lead physiotherapist.

Rhiannon has taught at undergraduate level at The University of the West of England (UWE) and has been asked to present at various forums on the subject of neurology, recently leading a workshop at the AHP forum regarding the RCP guidelines for Stroke.

In 2010 Rhiannon completed an MSc module in neurological rehabilitation and is currently completing her Non-Medical Prescribing module at UWE to enable supported management of spasticity and pain issues for her patients in the community.

She supports a shared decision making approach to management of neurological conditions, supporting patients to identify the best management plan that suits them. This, alongside extensive knowledge of the facilities available within Bristol to support self management, enables a plan to be made which allows for long term changes to be achieved and then maintained.

Rhiannon is a qualified Pilates instructor having completed her APPI Pilates matwork level 1 and class instructor courses.


Some kind words

Our daughter’s renal failure means that she is delayed with standing and walking at 2 and half years of age. We first started seeing Jules a few months back for an intense block of physiotherapy to build the strength and skills needed for her to eventually stand and walk.  It was really important that the physiotherapist specialised in paediatrics and could work alongside the NHS physiotherapists we also see. Jules immediately put us at ease with her friendly and professional approach and has built a good, trusting relationship with our daughter.  She uses play as a way to get our daughter to engage with the therapy.  Our daughter has really enjoyed all her physio sessions to date and we have seen a notable improvement in her movement.  She has begun to pull herself up and can climb up small steps as well as shuffle down stairs in a controlled manner!

Ms S, Bristol