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Meet the team

Service Teams

For more detailed information on our individual service team staff that you may meet whilst at the Trust please select the service group below by filtering by the service category, or alternatively, please type in the name of the person you are looking for in the search box.

For further information on the team and the services they provide, please visit our Our Services section.

PortraitName, Job TitleProfessional Profile
Lee Howell Lee Howell Joint lead for Gastro team
Liam Mearns Liam Mearns Physiotherapy Assistant Liam qualified as a fitness instructor in 2013. Since passing his course he has progressed into a career in the NHS as a Physiotherapy Assistant. Liam is static here in the MSK Physiotherapy Outpatients. Alongside his work in the NHS, Liam also works in the Fitness industry as a military style outdoor bootcamp instructor for British Military fitness. He has a strong interest in strength and conditioning training and is keen to increase her knowledge in this area.
Lisa Docherty Lisa Docherty (Ms) Highly Specialist Cardiovascular Nurse      

Lisa went to South West Manchester College of Nursing - RGN, Edith Cowan University (Perth Western Australia) where she gained her Bachelor Of Nursing and also to the University of Salford where she gained a qualification in Non-medical prescribing, mentorship, advanced clinical skills.

Highlights of Lisa's career include winning first prize for excellence and innovation in cardiac rehabilitation at the Cardiac Nursing Awards.  She continually strive to provide excellent expert nursing care and has special interests in Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation and Exercise.

Lisa Moorhouse Lisa Moorhouse Assistant Psychologist Lisa gained her Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) degree in Psychology from Sheffield University in 2012. Lisa has previously worked as an assistant psychologist in a Memory Assessment and Treatment Service, and an Older Adult Community Mental Health Team in Salford.
Lyn Pickup Lyn Pickup Secretary I have worked in the department of Neuropsychology for 6 years; I enjoy this varied and challenging role, no two days are the same. I love the diversity and challenged that working here bring. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and family, shopping, chocolate and travel but maybe not in that order!
Lynne Ronan Lynne Ronan Advanced MSK Practitioner Lynne graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1997 and completed her MSc in Advancing Practice at the University of Birmingham in 2012. Lynne has extensive Physiotherapy experience having worked in a number of NHS hospitals and private clinics throughout the UK. Since 2003, she has worked in Advanced Practitioner / Extended Scope Physiotherapy roles at United Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust, Manchester PCT and Bolton Foundation Trust before joining Salford Royal in March 2016. Lynne has been an injection therapist since 2010 and an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber since 2015. Lynne has presented her research findings regarding the diagnosis of meniscal tears at CSP Congress, UK and at the International Summit on Advanced Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy, Maryland, USA. She has had her written work published in BMJ Case Reports, Physiotherapy Practice and Research and Physiotherapy.
no picture available Mattias Soop, MD PhD Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon Mattias is a colorectal surgeon with special interests in management of intestinal failure, inflammatory bowel disease and surgical stress reduction. He is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. After his general surgical training and a PhD in surgical stress physiology in 2004 at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and Hope Hospital, Manchester, he completed a postdoc and a clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. In 2008 he formed his own research group as Associate Professor and colorectal surgeon at The University of Auckland, driving multiple research and clinical programmes. In 2013, he returned to Manchester to take up a new position as colorectal surgeon at Salford Royal and as Reader at the University of Manchester.
Nasimah Maricar Nasimah Maricar Advanced MSK Pactitioner Dr Maricar is an Advanced Musculoskeletal (MSK) Practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience in musculoskeletal disorders. She graduated from University of Manchester with BSc (Hons) and MSc in Physiotherapy and PhD in Medicine. She was a NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellow till 2015. She is a Non-Medical Independent Prescriber practising injection therapy, ultrasound diagnosis and ultrasound-guided injections. She is a McKenzie Accredited Therapist. She is trained in Maitland and Cyriax and has a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine. She has received various mobilisation trainings including from David Butler who authored ‘Mobilisation of the Nervous System’, Brian Mulligan who pioneered the Mulligan concept of joint treatment and Olaf Evjenth who co-developed the Kaltenborn concept of manual mobilisation of the joint. She has a wealth of experience having run specialist orthopaedics/rheumatology clinics including ‘Shoulder Triage’ service, injection clinics, post-operation clinics, spinal clinics, ultrasound clinics and the MSK Clinical Assessment Service. She has a special interest in spinal management and osteoarthritis and has published several papers including in Rheumatology, JAMA, Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and Annals of Rheumatic Disease. She is a reviewer panel for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Congress and for several others high impact journals.
Natalie Arran Natalie Arran (Dr) Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Natalie Arran gained her Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Psychology at the University of Liverpool before working as an Assistant Psychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology at Salford Royal Hospital. She then gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at Lancaster University. She is currently undertaking her Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (PGDip) at the University of Glasgow. Following the completion of her training, Dr Arran worked in Clinical Health Psychology before joining the Department of Neuropsychology. Dr Arran now works both as part of the inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and inpatient Neurorehabilitation ward. Her doctoral thesis was research into Illness Perceptions and coping in people with Huntington’s Disease and she has continued with further research in this area since completing her training.
Natalie Sowter Natalie Sowter Assistant Psychologist Natalie gained her Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Mathematics and Psychology at the University of Reading, graduating in 2011. Natalie has previously worked on a stroke rehabilitation team and in an eating disorders service. She has also spent time as an honorary assistant psychologist in an acquired brain injury unit in Stockport and an intermediate neurological rehabilitation unit in Trafford.
Nicola Redford Nicola Redford Advanced Podiatrist Nicola graduated from The University of Salford in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatric Medicine. She initially worked as a general community podiatrist for Stockport NHS Primary Care Trust for 4 years before specialising in biomechanics and MSK pathology. From 2002 she worked across both primary and secondary care settings in both Consultant led clinics and a Tier 2 Orthopaedic Assessment Service. In 2005 she came to Salford PCT to work as a specialist in Biomechanics and Orthotics for the Podiatry Department. Nicola joined the MSK CATS team in 2008 to undertake the Foot & Ankle clinics. She has successfully completed a course in Injection Therapy, MSc modules in Sports Psychology, Advanced MSK Practice, Trauma & Orthopaedic management of the Lower Limb and Radiology.
Paul Briffa Paul Briffa  Specialist MSK Physiotherapist Paul qualified from Coventry University in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Paul joined Salford Royal in 2005. He has completed clinical rotations in numerous areas which has given him wide ranging experience in the holistic management of patients. He has extensive years of experience in musculoskeletal speciality and has worked extensively with the Rheumatology Team. Paul has a keen interest in both exercise and manual therapy and has undertaken post qualification study in shoulder instability and neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation. He is also currently working with the Endocrinology Team to develop the Chronic Fatigue Service within the physiotherapy department.
Phillip Greatbatch Phillip Greatbatch  Advanced MSK Practitioner Phil graduated from Liverpool University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and completed his MSc in Manual Therapy in 2008 at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has worked in private practice and in the NHS throughout his career involving NHS CATs services, physiotherapy departments and sports clubs across the north of England. He has lectured at masters level and continues to develop his practice through masters level study.
Richard Johnson Richard Johnson (Dr) Consultant Clinical Psychologist Richard qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1999. He initially specialised in Adult Mental Health and completed a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In 2001 he joined the Manchester & Salford Pain Centre for 5 years, leaving to lead the Physical Health Psychology Service at Royal Bolton Hospital between 2006 and 2011. He returned to the Manchester & Salford Pain Centre in 2011 to pursue his primary interest in chronic pain management. Richard also works with Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioners in the CATS service to help people whose pain has not been alleviated with physiotherapy treatment.
Richard Taylor Richard Taylor (Mr)  Exercise Specialist Richard  started his career in the NHS with the Weight Management service.  He has always had an interest in exercise to improve health and working with cardiac patients is very rewarding.  

He is qualified as a British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Exercise Instructor, Nutrition and Weight Management and as a Personal Trainer.


Rob Wilding Rob Wilding Specialist Pain Nurse, Support Specialist Nurse Spinal Cord Stimulation Service Rob qualified from Salford University with a Diploma in Nursing in 2001. He worked on a Surgical High Dependency Unit for three years as a Staff Nurse before moving to Theatre Recovery where he worked as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse for a total of seven years. In his role as pain link nurse he was able to assess and treat acute postoperative pain and gain a greater understanding of chronic pain. In November 2010 he was successful in applying for the post as a Pain Specialist Nurse where he has continued to expand his knowledge and specialise within the role, working within the Spinal Cord Stimulation Team. He completed his degree in Professional studies, nursing and healthcare shortly and will then will be commencing his Non-Medical Prescribing course in September of this year.
Roisin Haslett Roisin Haslett (Dr) Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia Roisin qualified in 1989 at Manchester University and became a Consultant in 1999. Roisin enjoys both acute care surrounding admission but also caring for both patient and families over a long period of time. Her current areas of interest are patient experience, cc follow-up, education and training.
Sarah Ball Sarah Ball Specialist Hand Physiotherapist Sarah qualified from Manchester University in 1999 with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy. She started working at Salford Royal Hospital in September 1999, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from 2002 and specifically hand therapy from 2005. Since 2012 she has worked exclusively in the hand team, working closely with the specialist orthopaedic consultants, nurses and occupational therapists, treating trauma and post-op elective patients. She regularly attends British Association of Hand Therapists meetings and courses.
Shain Miah Shain Miah Group EDI Advisor Link advisor for Salford Royal & Royal Oldham Hospital Care Organisations. Lead for EDI Involvement Opportunities. (Staff Networks, Cultural Ambassadors, EDI Champions)
Sheeba Ehsan Sheeba Ehsan (Dr) Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Ehsan gained her first degree in Biomedical sciences. She then went on to obtain a degree in psychology, with the British Psychological Society. She completed her Masters in Research methods at The University of Manchester. She studied for her Clinical Psychology Doctorate jointly at Staffordshire & Keele University. Following this, she has worked alongside the Video Telemetry Team here at Salford Royal. Her research included looking at the role of semantic memory impairments across neurological populations. She has worked with Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph and Professor Gus Baker on memory impairments in the epilepsy population. She has a keen interest in assessment and rehabilitation of memory and language impairments, the development of novel assessment tools and the utility of these within the clinical population. She has a number of publications resulting from work in this area.
Sonia Taylor Sonia Taylor Advanced MSK Practitioner Sonia qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and worked at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital before joining Salford Royal in 2001 specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. In 2010 she completed a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University and became a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Physiotherapists (MACP). Sonia is hydrotherapy team lead and currently works within the upper limb team. She has a specialist interest in rehabilitation of the upper limb and hydrotherapy in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
William Gregory William Gregory Highly Specialist Rheumatology Physiotherapist Will gained his BSc(Hons) from the University of Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 2001, he has since then been working at Salford Royal, becoming lead rheumatology physio in 2004. In this time, he has developed the service across many areas, and he has also completed an MSc in Physiotherapy (2013). He has been principle investigator on a scleroderma hand exercise study and contributes regularly to other research projects. He is involved as a medical advisor with charities for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma and Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis), and works with local branches of the Osteoporosis and Fibromyalgia charities. He has developed the Salford Royal physiotherapy / graded exercise service for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and runs review services for Spondyloarthritis, Chronic MSK Pain (mostly Fibromyalgia) and Rheumatoid Arthritis. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to various members of the MDT at the Universities of Manchester, Central Lancashire and Keele. He has post-graduate qualifications in acupuncture, injection therapy, non-medical prescribing and hydrotherapy.
Abdul Lalkhen Abdul Lalkhen (Dr) Consultant in Pain Management & Anaesthesia, Clinical Lead for Spinal Cord Stimulator Service Abdul obtained his primary medical qualification at the University of Cape Town graduating with First Class Honors. He spent two years working in South Africa before completing his initial training in Anaesthetics at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Subsequent to this he trained in Anaesthesia in Manchester obtaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2004.  During his Advanced Pain Medicine Training Abdul successfully sat the Diploma in Pain Medicine in 2007. In 2008 he obtained entry to the Faculty of Pain Medicine as a Fellow. Abdul leads the Spinal Cord Stimulator Service and is also responsible for medical education within the Pain Centre. He is also a Foundation Programme Tutor and an Honorary Lecturer at the Universities of Manchester and Salford.
dr a mrasland Alexander M Marsland (Dr) Consultant Dermatologist and Urticaria Specialist, Honorary Lecturer University of Manchester

Dr Marsland attended schools in Manchester before going to Edinburgh University to study medicine. He undertook postgraduate medical training in Edinburgh and in the Hammersmith Hospital, London. He has received formal training in the dermatology units in Edinburgh and Manchester.


Dr Marsland undertook a one year fellowship in the Allergy depatment of  the Medical University of South Carolina, a world-renowned centre for urticaria research and treatment. Dr Marsland has developed a successful tertiary urticaria clinic here at Salford which attracts referrals from across the region and beyond, and supports ongoing research. He is a member of the North West Allergy and Clinical Immunology Strategy Board and leads on the subject of urticaria.


He is a member of Faculty of F1000 Medicine, an internet based post-peer review resource that recommends important research papers. He is also asked to referee articles for respected journals including the British Medical Journal group, Clinical and Experimental Allergy and Clinical and Experimental Dermatology.


Dr Marsland enjoys all aspects of general dermatology and has an interest in diagnosing and treating skin cancer and is part of the skin cancer multidisciplinary team. He aims to provide comprehensive, holistic, personalised care in a dignified and safe environment for all patients from cradle to grave.

Angela Leonard Angela Leonard Specialist Pain Nurse, Lead nurse for Spinal Cord Stimulator Service  Angela qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 and then as a Registered Midwife in 1987. She has worked in medicine and midwifery until her career break in 1989. On her return she worked as a theatre nurse for 5 years until she took up post as an Acute Pain Nurse Specialist at Central Manchester Hospitals in 1995.  She has continued her personal development by gaining a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 1999 and then an MSc in Pain Management in 2007. A career move to the Manchester and Salford Pain Centre in 2006 has enabled her to utilise her experience for a wider group of patients and she has developed a special interest in Neuromodulation.  She is currently Nurse Lead for patients undergoing Spinal Cord Stimulation.