Katie Stewart

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

Having qualified from Kings College Hospital I chose to specialise as a children’s physiotherapist have gained a wide range of skills and knowledge over the last 12 years. This has ranged from working with young infants in intensive care to hydrotherapy in the community with teenagers. I am currently a a specialist children’s physiotherapist working within the gait laboratory at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford and am relatively new to the area of 3D gait analysis having taken the role in September 2021.

What motivated you to enter paediatric care in the first place?

My love of working with children initially opened my eyes to focusing my work on paediatric physiotherapy. . I am impassioned to help children navigate these challenges whilst supporting parents and carers and approach all aspects of my work in an empathic manner. I get great satisfaction from my work and I am proud of my role within the medical journeys of the children and young people that I see. I am impassioned to help children to navigate these challenges whilst supporting parents and carers. I get great satisfaction from my work and I am proud of my role within the medical journeys of the children and young people that I see.

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

I am relatively new to my specialist role within the gait laboratory where I assess children and young people with a wide range of acquired and congenital conditions, in particular neurological and neuromuscular conditions. Whilst my paediatric career to date, both acute and within the community has allowed me to develop specialist skills and knowledge I have identified gaps in my skills since being in my new role. This course will allow me to fill some of these directly and indirectly. By developing a more advanced knowledge of child and adult development and further broadening my knowledge of conditions and their manifestations I will be able to more critically justify the most appropriate treatments based on the findings that I assess whilst they are in the gait lab. This is not only from a physiotherapy perspective but also from a surgical, medical and orthotics perspective, and includes the wider MDT within the community. Advancing my knowledge through this course module will also help me to support and guide ongoing and future research within the area of gait and movement analysis. My team and I are continually looking at how we can advance movement analysis for example the development of 3D upper limb movement analysis. This work does not benefit just the local population but we receive referrals from all over the south of England.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

I was forwarded the information by my line manager as an opportunity to access training that I may otherwise be unable to access in such a timely manner.

Tell us about yourself!

I live in Oxfordshire and am a mother of three young children and they are the centre of my world! I love to spend time with my family enjoying the simple things in life like games, baking and just having fun. We are an active family and I enjoy playing tennis and keeping fit alongside my passion for being creative.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience, future aspirations and motivations?

Whilst I currently undertake a clinical role I am eager to further my career within the gait world and would like to expand into research as part of this. I feel that this is an essential part of ensuring the best care for all.