kate wakefield

BSc Phys ● MCSP

I graduated as a Physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2004. I completed my junior rotations at University Hospitals Leicester and during this time I developed an interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in particular the management of hand and wrist injuries. I have continued to treat all musculoskeletal injuries but specialised in the management of complex hand and wrist injuries following trauma. I have had the opportunity to work with numerous excellent hand therapists and consultants in a variety of settings in the public and private sector. For the last few years I have worked at a senior level as a clinician and team leader in a hand therapy and a general musculoskeletal setting. I am forward thinking and enjoy being involved in research and helping to develop a service to ensure we are delivering the most cutting edge and current treatment approaches for our patients. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, running and yoga and I have recently started my 200 hour yoga teaching training.

Medical Qualifications


  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy, 2004


  • Ordering and interpreting medical imagery for non medical prescribers, 2018
  • Surgical and conservative management of Orthopaedic hand and wrist injuries, 2017
  • IRMER course and completion of assessment for ordering x-rays for non medical prescribers, 2016
  • Poole Traction splinting for the management of complex finger fractures, 2015
  • MSc Hand therapy modules in hand therapy assessment and the use of mirror therapy for the management of pain in patients with CRPS, 2012

Medical Research & Education

Research interests

  • Literature review and protocol revision for extensor tendons, flexor tendons, muscle bellies, DeQuervains, CMC joint OA, cubital tunnel, central slip injuries, digital nerve repairs and sagittal band injuries
  • Multi centre research trial looking at rehabilitation for Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hand (SARAH trial), 2012

Teaching Experience

  • Lectured on BAHT level 1 course – Flexor and extensor rehabilitation, 2012
  • Lectured on Introduction to hand therapy one day course at UHL, 2012