Sam joined Connect in 2000 and is currently Regional Manager for the South Tyneside, Darlington, Northumberland, Wakefield and North Kirklees MSK contacts. Previously, she was Service Manager for the 3 North East MSK contracts, responsible for line managing the Team Leaders in the service and managing relationships with the practices and CCGs. As well as ensuring key performance indicators for the services are met and our team are happy, supported and well informed.
Sam qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1996 from the University of East Anglia and worked in the NHS for 3 years as a Junior and then Senior MSK Physiotherapist in the South of England. In 2000, she then took up a Physiotherapy role at Connect in Newcastle which tied in with a move to the North of England.
Since joining Connect, Sam worked clinically for the first 10 years within the NHS services and Occupational services whilst taking on more managerial responsibility. Sam was involved in setting up Connect’s first intermediate services in North Tyneside and also the first PhysioLine service in South Tyneside. Since 2010, Sam has worked as an Operational Manager at service level and also regionally, successfully mobilising many new services in the North of England for Connect. She has completed an NVQ in Leadership and Management, and courses including project management, financial management, account management and development and coaching.