4B Newland Science Park

Hull HU6 7TQ

01482 966 006

Foss Building, York St John Campus

York YO31 7EX

01904 390 901

4B Newland Science Park

Hull HU6 7TQ

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Meet The Team

Our team of experienced professionals can get you back on the road to recovery.

Matthew Booth

Founder & Director
After experiencing different clinical environments such as professional sports, acute NHS work and working with complex needs clients. I saw there was potential to use my expertise in a neurological and complex needs setting by developing the traditional rehabilitation model. My approach is to utilise goal orientated, transparent rehabilitation which is innovative and unique, using biomechanics to enhance the client’s recovery process along with a combination of clinically led, research-based, hands-on physiotherapy techniques.

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Education and Qualifications

 

The University of Birmingham (2014 -2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • MSc in Physiotherapy and Exercise medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York St John University (2009 – 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

 

 

 

 Physiotherapy Employment History

 

 

 

Director of Flex Health

 

 

 

 September 2015 – Current

 

 

 

I am the co-founder and director of Flex Health: a pioneering provider of specialist MSK and Neurological Physiotherapy in Hull, York and the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

At Flex Health, our elite, functional care supports clients in the most crucial stages of healing to enhance optimum rehabilitation. Our aim is to reduce treatment time and, in turn, reduce the impact that an injury may have upon a person’s overall quality of life. This client-centred approach has seen Flex Health’s reputation grow exponentially since forming in 2015, and our MDT of nine clinicians now oversees 225 clients per week.

 

 

 

Over my time as a Physiotherapist, I have developed an extensive knowledge of assessment techniques, treatment methods and biomechanical screening: how manipulating and strengthening the body can drastically enhance everyday function. I have extensive knowledge in treating neurological disorders using a variety of treatment techniques. Professionally we have had great feedback from existing and present clients who have seen excellent functional results from the treatment pathways we use.

 

 

 

The approach to neurological rehabilitation at Flex Health is innovative, using biomechanics to enhance the client’s recovery process along with a combination of clinically led, research-based, hands-on physiotherapy techniques. I presently support clients with a range of complex conditions including catastrophic incident, stroke, cerebral palsy, and acquired and/or traumatic brain injury. Each patient receives a rehabilitation plan which is tailored to their individual needs.

 

 

 

My priority is to maximise independence and mobility with the overall goal of improving a client’s health, well being and quality of life. This functional approach sees recovery time reduce drastically and has established Flex Health’s reputation as one of the leaders in the field of Neuro Physiotherapy in the region. 

 

 

 

Head Academy Physiotherapist / First Team Physiotherapist – Hull City Football Club

 

 

 

 June 2014 – April 2017

 

 

 

After obtaining a promotion from Development Squad Physiotherapist to Head Academy Physiotherapist, I took the role to oversee the medical responsibility for players ranging from the under 21 squad to the under 9 squad. My position involved the medical management of all the players within the academy structure. Within the first year, I had to progress the medical department from a category three department to a category two department in line with the elite player performance plan (EPPP). This involved the development of individual medical programs for all players focusing on injury prevention strategies and training load-monitoring systems to predict injury risk. 

 

 

 

Key responsibilities 

 

 

 

  • The medical management of 160 football players within the Academy.
  • The management of 3 full time Physiotherapy staff and 7 part-time Physiotherapy staff.
  • Organising the care pathway for the club affiliated Doctor to assess and treat players.
  • Contribute to the management team at Hull FC Academy.
  • Monthly injury audits.
  • Planning and implementing the return to training guide for all injured players at the academy.
  • Training and overseeing student placement opportunities with the local Universities.
  • Liaising with the first team medical staff regarding player management.
  • Lecturing at Hull and York St John University.
  • Implementing pre-rehabilitation plans for all players in the Academy.
  • Devising and implementing emergency action plans for all venues at the Academy. 

 

 

 

Development Squad Physiotherapist  – Hull City Football Club 

 

 

 

June 2013-2014

     

     

    Full time Development Squad Physiotherapist Intern – Hull City Football Club 

     

    June 2012-2013 

     

    Leyton Orient Football Club 

     

    2012 placement 

     

    Professional Development Courses   

     

    Other Clinical Experience 

     

    Huddersfield MSK department. 

     

    Pontefract Orthopaedic elective department. 

     

    Pinderfields Hospital Spinal injuries rehabilitation. 

     

    Stroke Rehabilitation ward, Huddersfield Hospital. 

     

    References: 

     

    Alex Chester 

     

    Director Flex Health 

     

    Alex@flex-health.co.uk 

     

    Contact: 07815699415 

     

     

     

    Tony Pennock

     

    Hull City Academy Manager

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tony.Pennock@hulltigers.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact: 07785303914

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Alex Chester

    Founder & Director
    Following seven years full time experience in professional sports medicine I have developed an extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and manual therapy techniques and how to apply these optimally. Working with athletes on a daily basis has allowed me to understand the importance of regular access to Physiotherapy to ensure an optimum recovery and a return to healthy and active lifestyle.

    Thomas Micklethwaite

    MSK Clinician
    In April 2018, I joined the Flex Health team, where I offer specialist treatment for musculoskeletal patients throughout their therapy. Thoughtful planning is key to my practice, and when creating rehabilitation plans for a client I am always mindful of their specific needs.

    Imogen Fryer

    Neurological Clinician
    Since joining the team at Flex, I have been working as a Neurological clinician. During this time, I have been providing exercise rehabilitation to maximise independence and mobility for our Flex Neuro patients. I always ensure that each session is adapted to the individual as I understand that person-centred treatment is key to an effective rehabilitation programme. Neurological rehab can be very demanding for the patient, and I always try to go above and beyond to ensure that my clients are receiving the best treatment possible.

    Alex Hastie

    Neurological Clinician
    I first discovered my passion for helping people achieve a better quality of life during my time working with a male suffering from profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). This, coupled with my love of sport, led me to pursue a career where I am able to combine the two and provide a similar type of care.

    Steve Watson

    MSK/Neurological Clinician
    Steve has been working at Flex Health since 2015. Steve has previously worked in professional academy football and has developed into an experienced member of the Flex team supervising students and assisting colleagues, developing an interest in complex neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. Steve’s clinical experience involves the management of common and complex musculoskeletal injuries, as well as a growing neurological patient caseload.

    Sam Carter

    MSK clinician
    I have experience working with a range of ages, injuries and neurological conditions. This has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the different levels of function associated with the conditions that we treat and support at Flex. Each client I work with receives a specific and effective exercise plan which is created with their individual needs in mind.

    Holly Walton – Wallace

    MSK/ Neuro clinicain
    I graduated from Hull University in 2019, I have gained vast experience and worked for a year as a student with Flex before I commenced my Physiotherapy apprenticeship at Sheffield Hallam University.

    Carol Brattan

    Administration
    I recently joined the team at Flex Health having previously worked as a Pastoral Manager at an East Riding of Yorkshire secondary school for 14 years. Along with a vast experience of working with young people, their families and external agencies. From a young age I have participated in several sports and represented Yorkshire at both junior and senior level at Judo. I am also an ex karate instructor and 2nd Dan black belt.

    Flex Health Hull
    4B Newland Science Park
    Inglemire Lane
    Hull
    HU6 7TQ

    01482 966 006

    Flex Health York
    Roko Gym
    Stirling Road
    York
    YO30 4TU

    01904 390 901