Teesside physiotherapist appointed into regional role to get the north moving

A Teesside based paediatric physiotherapist has been appointed into the role of ‘Physical Activity Clinical Champion’ to help support health care practitioners to talk to patients about the benefits of physical exercise.

Leanne Mitchell who works for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed into the post after a competitive process in Newcastle. She will cover the North East of England offering peer to peer training for colleagues across the health sector, aiming to provide them with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the notion of physical activity into their everyday practice.

Statistics from 2017/18 suggest that 26.7% of Stockton and 29.5% of Hartlepool population are physically inactive.

Leanne comments ‘the significant numbers surrounding inactivity in Stockton and Hartlepool are higher than the national average, our region needs to improve. The long term plan issued by NHS England talks about taking ownership of population health by individuals. We want to support a North East region aspirant for health equality and physical wellbeing’.

Leanne has worked with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust since September 2009 after qualifying as a Physiotherapist from Teesside University in the same year.

Michael Butler, Outpatients Implementation Manager for the organisation congratulates Leanne’s achievements ‘we were delighted to hear the news that Leanne would be working as part of this programme. Our Trust has been working hard to champion positive population health for our communities. We have to approach the health inequalities across the North East with an open and honest dialogue. This appointment supports our ambitions for a healthier Teesside’.


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