Rachael graduated from the University of Hertfordshire and after spending some time working for the British Army and London Hospitals settled at the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust in 2001. Rachael specialised in respiratory physiotherapy initially within cardiothoracic transplantation before moving into a rotational ICU Band 7 post. She developed a specialist interest in neuro-trauma and this role evolved to become the senior physiotherapy link within the North East long term ventilation team.
More recently Rachael was Respiratory Lead at St Georges Hospital, London managing a diverse team and specialities to now working in a new Consultant Physiotherapy post at Royal Preston Hospital. Rachael’s area of expertise include complex ventilation and weaning and advanced airway clearance techniques for which she lectures and presents both in the UK and internationally and at pre and post graduate level.
Rachael currently sits on BTS Council and the Critical Care Specialist Advisory Group representing AHPs, is an expert member of NHSE Patient Safety Group, AHP representative on the NIV NCEPOD study, Co-chair HMV-UK, Chair Respiratory Leaders in Physiotherapy UK, Board Member and Trustee St Catherines Hospice and most recently elected onto Physiotherapy Council.