Consultant Physiotherapist for the North appointed

Connect Health is pleased to announce the appointment of a new consultant physiotherapist in the North – Andrew Cuff.

With tough competition throughout the interview process, Andrew Cuff brings a wealth of experience.

Prior to joining Connect Health in April 2017, Andrew worked as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, also for the NHS. Over the last two years Andrew has held the positions of Developing Consultant Physiotherapist and Clinical Lead for our Wakefield MSK Service and North Kirklees Integrated MSK and Pain Service.

Whilst a committed clinician, Andrew is also known as an active researcher, having published widely on MSK disorders and is currently studying for a PhD at Keele University with a supervision team involving Dr Chris Littlewood and Professor Nadine Foster. Since 2017, Andrew has sat on the Education Committee for the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER).

Andrew Cuff commented on his appointment “I’m delighted to have been successful in this role. I have taken what was once considered an unconventional career path since qualifying but have always considered that you shouldn’t be afraid to do things differently. My personal values around clinical delivery aligns well with those of Connect Health and I’m looking forward to stepping up and continuing my journey within the organisation.

Seeing the wealth of clinical talent within Connect across all levels and our pioneering graduate and accelerated development programme excites me for the future – I was told by my manager as a Band 5 that I wouldn’t be able to progress into a Band 6 post if I didn’t undertake my junior rotations. I hope I can inspire those that want to innovate and push the boundaries on what is achievable.”

Commenting on the appointment, Prof Andrew Walton, Founder of Connect Health said

“This is a great result for Connect Health’s longstanding investment into clinical career pathways for our high quality and expanding teams. I’m looking forward to seeing the contribution Andrew can make to the further development of our services and ultimately the impact this will have on patients.”

Graeme Wilkes, Chief Medical Officer at Connect Health added “Andrew will bring a well-rounded level of clinical expertise and strong leadership skills which will help drive forward our vision with the backing of strong clinical and operational teams.”

Andrew’s last 18-months within his role as a Clinical Lead and as one of five in Connect’s innovative new Developing Consultant Programme, has allowed him to lead, innovate, deliver and demonstrate a passion that underpins his values and clinical quality.