Andrew Horwood

- Course Director

Andy is an independent musculoskeletal podiatrist working in Leeds. Also independently minded, he has guest lectured at Biomechanics Summer School 2003, & 2004, and The Staffordshire Conference in 2008. He has lectured on subjects as diverse as the “Misuse and abuse of clinical gait analysis” to “Medial compartment gonarthrosis as a result of foot orthoses”. A frequent contributor to PBG focus and the International Journal of Podiatric Biomechanics, Andy has clearly shown he is willing to take on uncomfortable clinical issues.

Andy is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Staffordshire University who helped develop the ground breaking MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2009.

Stephen Bloor

- Course Director

After qualifying from Plymouth School of Podiatry in 1988 Stephen spent seven months working in a private practice as an associate to a Specialist Podiatric Surgery, before working at Plymouth Health Authority in general practice. Since 1991 Steve has consulted in several Private Hospitals in the Leeds area whilst also setting up his own specialist Muculo-skeletal Podiatry Practice in Harrogate. He has always enjoyed working alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, orthopaedic & specialist foot and ankle surgeons. He now consults at the Ramsay Healthcare Private Hospital in Cornwall. Steve enjoys the practical application of bio-mechanics and is co-designer of several successful customisable orthotic devices. Steve has lectured in ‘Podiatric Biomechanics and Orthoses’ all over the country to many NHS Podiatry departments, as well as in the independent sector. He is currently the course director for Momentum Seminars.

Bob Longworth

Bob qualified from the Northern College of Chiropody in 1986. He worked in Central London for 9 years with Bloomsbury Health Authority specialising in what was then called ‘Biomechanics’.

A move to Leeds in 1995 saw him working first at the Leeds General Infirmary and then in 2000 for the newly formed Musculoskeletal (MSK) Department, part of Leeds PCT, where he currently holds an Extended Scope Practitioner post.

In 2004 he received his MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics from Staffordshire University. He was asked back to lecture on the ‘Origins and Principles’ module of the course, which he continues to do. Bob lectures on MSK podiatry to various audiences and is involved with the mentorship of Podiatrists wanting to specialise in MSK work in Leeds.

Tess O’Neill

Tess O’Neill has been in Private practice for 20 years.
Whilst working in multidisciplinary private practices in London, she continued her studies and work in the field of lower limb biomechanics liaising and working with Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths .

After obtaining a Diploma in Podiatric Sports Medicine in 1994 from Manchester Metropolitan University she returned to education again, and in 2001 she was awarded an MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics from Staffordshire University.
Currently she lectures in musculoskeletal biomechanics, has a research paper awaiting publication, and is a Mentor to fellow podiatrists on the MSc course.

Lee Short

Lee has 13 years experience working in the field of musculoskeletal podiatry, both in private practice and within the National Health Service. Lee currently divides his time between an Extended Scope Musculoskeletal Podiatry role within the National Health Service and a private musculoskeletal practice. Lee was one of the first people in the country to possess an MSc masters degree in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics - the first course of it’s kind leading to a specific qualification in biomechanics for podiatrists.

Mandy Abbott

Lecturer in Podiatry at Glasgow Caledonian University. Qualified in 1992 from Glasgow and completed a Masters in Sports Injuries and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002. Mandy specialised in Podopaediatrics for 7 years whilst working in Tayside before moving to a managers post in Glasgow where she co-ordinated biomechanics services in the NHS community setting. Mandy was a visiting lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University for a number of years before taking up a full time position there in Oct 2008, also chairing the Musculoskeletal Practice Development Group for Scotland.
Mandy’s interests are in sports injury and biomechanics and has worked with professional football teams since 2003 involved in screenings and management of acute and chronic injuries. In 2005 she became the Clinical Director for the Fit Feet programme for the Special Olympics.


Jill Halstead MSc

Jill Halstead is a full time Arthritis Research Campaign PhD student at the University of Leeds - Section of Musculoskeletal Disease. She has BSc (Hons) degrees in Sports Science and Podiatry, with an MSc in health research, five years experience working as an NHS podiatrist, and has specialist experience in musculoskeletal practice, rheumatology and gait analysis. Jill is particularly interested in lower limb mechanics and joint disease.

Helen Branthwaite

After undergraduate training at Salford, Helen gained an MSc in Sports Injury in 2001. She went on to publish her research titled “The effect of simple insoles on three-dimensional foot motion during normal walking”. in Clinical Biomechanics, which stayed in the top 20 downloaded research manuscripts within Elsevier for over a year. Her main area of research interest is in 3D gait analysis and changes in foot function. She is currently involved in projects relating to the performance of training shoes and the EMG activity of the gastrocnemius muscle. She has 13 years of clinical experience serving 8 years as a MSK extended scope practitioner in a podiatric surgery at Pennine Acute NHS Trust. Her “clinical favourites” are dysfunction of the hallux and forefoot pain. Helen has lectured extensively and currently works as a Senior lecturer in Clinical Biomechanics at Staffordshire University.