We are a dedicated team of doctors, orthopaedic consultants and extended scope practitioners here to take care of you and provide you with the highest level of care.
We are supported by a wider team of healthcare professionals including clinic co-ordinators, physiotherapists, radiographers, MSK sonographers and administration staff. We are fully qualified, experienced and registered with the appropriate professional bodies within the UK.
Management and Administration
Paul Palmer is responsible for the overall management of the Lincs MSK CATS service. You can contact Paul on 0333 200 1722.
Richard qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of Hertfordshire in 2006. He initially worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary during which time he completed his master’s degree in Manual Therapy at the University of Western Australia (2011). He joined Care UK in September 2012 as an Extended Scope Practitioner, a couple of years later in September 2014 he took the role of Clinical Lead for the service. His clinical interests include clinical reasoning, red flags and the development of the clinical staff and services.
Richard completed a degree in Sports & Exercise in 2004 and subsequently graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist from St. George's, University of London in 2008.
He has previously worked as a Team Lead Physiotherapist within a Spinal & Pain Team service within a large NHS teaching hospital. Here he provided treatment and management for individuals with acute and persistent conditions including the management of complex pain cases.
Richard has attended a number of post graduate courses and is currently working towards his Master’s degree. He is qualified in both soft tissue & joint injection therapy. He joined Care UK as an Extended Scope Practitioner in 2016. His experience to date has led to a keen interest in clinical reasoning, managing persistent pain conditions and complex cases.
Joshua qualified as a physiotherapist from Leeds Metropolitan University in January 2014 with an MSc. He worked in the NHS MSK services around the Leeds area and in private practice for the next three years. He joined Care UK in June 2017 as an extended scope practitioner. His clinical interest includes clinical reasoning, utilisation of diagnostic ultrasound to enhance diagnosis and ultrasound guided interventions.
Further Qualifications include:
PgDip in diagnostic ultrasound.
Ross Clifford qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2004 after his first degree in Sport and Exercise Science. After working as a rotational physiotherapist Ross began to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy whilst completing a diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine. Ross later completed his masters degree in Advanced Practice (musculoskeletal) before going on to work as an extended scope physiotherapist where he developed skills in injection therapy through Nottingham University. Ross is a senior lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Lincoln and has published research around physical activity for health.
Abigail Van Den Heever
Abi initially completed a BSc in Equine and Human Sports Science before going on to complete an MSc (pre-reg) in Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She has worked in varying roles since qualifying including Team Lead for inpatients and community on the Isles of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides before moving back to her hometown of Lincoln and specialising in MSK outpatients with Care UK. Abi joined Care UK in 2013 and since then has moved into ESP work and completed her injection therapy module. She currently works as an ESP and still spends 1 day a week running a pure physiotherapy clinic. She enjoys treating patients with complex conditions and chronic pain.
Richard qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 and has worked continuously in musculoskeletal practice since 1991, he has worked in Lincolnshire since 1992.
Over the last 12 years he has focused his clinical practice towards the use of diagnostic ultrasound and injection therapy, as an adjunct to physiotherapy to enable better rehabilitation.
For the last 4 years Richard has combined the injection therapy with the ultrasound to provide guided injections. He has a keen interest in MSK imaging and has progressively developed his skills to their current level by actively seeking out experience in different areas. This includes spending a year working as a research sonographer in Rheumatology at the Biomedical Research Centre at Chapel Allerton in Leeds, during which time he under took the European League Against Rheumatism training in diagnostic ultrasound. He has worked bank sessions in various acute NHS Trusts and within the private sector. In 2015 he successfully completed independent prescriber training, allowing him to deliver an interventional ultrasound service without external prescriptions or PGDs.
There are few clinicians that are currently performing the number of MSK ultrasound scans and ultrasound guided injections that he has been performing over the last 3 years. When this is combined with his clinical experience he is able to offer a highly effective service.
Sam completed a degree in Sports Science with management at Loughborough University before going on to study Physiotherapy at King’s College London. He previously worked in London teaching Hospitals including Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital. He joined Care UK in 2015 to work for the Buckinghamshire Musculoskeletal Integrated Care Service (MusIC). Originally from Lincolnshire, Sam moved back to join the LCATS service in 2020. Sam has worked extensively in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal settings, and lectured a King’s College London and the British School of Osteopathy.
Sam has completed post graduate courses in joint and soft tissue injection therapy, and image interpretation. He has a keen interest in clinical reasoning, health promotion and management of complex cases.
Karolina qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003 from Poznan University of Medical Sciences. In 2007 she completed her post graduate qualification MSc in Applied Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University. With over 17 years experience in the private industry, her expertise and knowledge are an invaluable asset to the team. She joined Care UK in 2019 as an ESP. Karolina has a wealth of experience in managing orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and sport related injuries.
In addition to her clinical work, she is busy treating patients on one day basis during the week at a private practice. Alongside this, she is currently completing a peripheral injection course at MMU.
Karolina speaks fluent English and Polish. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, skiing and spending time with family.
Mr Vasileios Kavouriadis
Mr. Kavouriadis graduated with medical degree from Ethnikon and Kapodistriakon University in Athens, Greece in 1995. Since then he has obtained specialist certificates in Orthopaedic and trauma surgery from the University of Athens.
He became an Orthopaedic and Trauma Consultant in 2005 after completing his training in several major Orthopaedic and trauma units in Athens and spending six months as a trainee in Humboldt University in Berlin, at Charite’ University Hospital, training in Joint replacement surgery and arthroscopy.
Mr. Kavouriadis began working as a Trauma and Orthopaedic Fellow in Queen’s Hospital Burton on Trent in 2005 before moving to Paisley, Scotland, to work as a full time Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital from 2007 until 2011. He then moved to Manchester NHS Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service, where he participated in teaching nurses and physiotherapists. During this time he also performed surgical procedures as a part time consultant at Eccleshill Treatment Centre.
He is actively interested in lean techniques in the health service, effective use of resources and efficient health service processes and pathways. He is a post graduate student at the Manchester Business School and has a special interest in distal monitoring and treatment.