Reading and Tilehurst's Physiotherapy, Spinal and Sports Specialists

 

Tilehurst Clinic4 Chapel Hill, RG31 5DG
Reading Clinic Sports Park, University of Reading, RG6 6UR

0118 9310053

 

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About Core Body Clinic - Physiotherapy in Reading

Core Body Clinic is a friendly and specialist physiotherapy and sports injury service with locations in Tilehurst and Reading. We provide an experienced, honest and expert opinion when assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of injuries and disorders affecting the body.

Our aim is to deliver an individual and patient centred model of care. We do not advocate a recipe-like approach and our assessment and diagnostic procedures are meticulous ensuring we understand the problem and treat the cause. Our goal is to get our patients back to full function and pain free in the shortest time possible. The treatments we provide are backed by evidence ensuring that our practices are at the cutting edge of physiotherapy and healthcare.

Privacy Policy

On May 25th, 2018 the General data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) comes into effect.  It changes some of the current laws and regulations that constitute the Date Protection Act (1998), affecting the whole of Europe for businesses and organisations who collect and store data.    

 

The data we handle and the legalities of holding data

As a healthcare company, Core Body Clinic Ltd. has a legal obligation to collect and process information for the purposes of medical records and also personal records from both patients and our staff.  We also have to process any information we receive from website enquiries. Therefore, we ensure we have a strict policy on data protection and ensure we follow the best practice guidelines as indicated by GDPR. 

In 2015 we began using a software package called TM3 (Blue Zinc) for all our diary and booking handling and for the storage of patient specific case notes and personal data. TM3 is a secure data base that is accessed via an encrypted server over the internet.  For each practitioner there is a unique username and password for accessing the database.  The system is logged out if the screen is left idle ensuring that no one else can access the computer.  TM3 is backed up by 3 servers so your data is safe from being lost and there is no chance the system can be accessed by a third party . 

 

Core Body Clinic, Ltd. directors, Adrian Wagstaff and Sarah Wagstaff have gone through many years of data protection training.  For the purposes of fulfilling our GDPR obligations both directors represent the clinic, with Sarah being the official Data Officer.  You can email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as she is principle administrator.  

 

Terms:

Personal Data

This amounts to all the information we hold about a person.  This includes: name; date of birth; address; email; phone number; and, GP.  It also includes personal information concerning your health, information that you have volunteered to share during a consultation.  We hold this information about patients and staff.  We have a legal obligation to do so. 

Clinical Notes

These are the clinical details about the injury or problem for which you have attended the clinic.  They are highly sensitive and often contain personal and private information.   Clinical staff are governed by the Data protection act, the competencies set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  They are not shared with anyone.  Misuse or sharing without your consent will result in dismissal and reporting to the HCPC.

Consent 

“permission for something to happen or agreement to do something” (Oxford.)

When a patient comes into the clinic we ask them to sign and read our consent form.  It is important that you understand that we will look after your data and not share it with anyone.  Furthermore, if you want to see how we handle the data and how we ensure it remains secure you can ask to see our policy on data control. The added importance of the consent form is that you give your approval for data handling and stoeage, and an assessment and treatment with the clinic.  We need you to be informed about the process of assessment and treatment and ensure you are clear about this process.  For this we need your consent.  Signing the document ensures we have your approval, even though you have made the conscious decision to book and attend a consultation.  In any case we treat your private information with absolute confidentiality.  

 

ICO

Information Commissioners Office

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

 

 

what is GDPR (General date protection regulation) ?

GDPR has been set up to allow consistency througout europe with the handling of data and to ensure all companies and service providers handle data in an appropriate and fair way and in a way that is explicit to customers and patients. The key areas that GDPR highlight as being particular data rights for individuals are listed below:  

Right to be informed - the fair processing of you date

Right to access - the data we hold on you

Right to erasure - the right to be forgotten should you wish to delete your data

Right to recertification - if we hold data that is inaccurate then you may ask for it to be rectified

Right to restrict processing - to prevent the processing of your data

Right to data portability - tranaferring your data elsewhere

Right to Object - to processing, marketing that is direct and the use of your data for research. 

Right to question automated decisions 

 

 

Why do you need my data?

Medical and healthcare notes must be kept in a concise and intelligible way so that is clear a clinician has collected sufficient information and that this information tells a story about an individuals problem.  We must keep this information as evidence that we have treated you as this forms an important part of your medical history.  We are required by law to keep this for 7 years after you have visited the clinic, if you are over 18 years of age at the time of the 1st consultation.  If you are under 18 then we must keep the information for 25 years.  Should you wish to reflect on your treatment some time afterwards, then having accurate and available notes would support the involved parties.

Your personal information relating to address and date of birth is essential so that we can accurately identify a patient.  We may have 2 or 3 patients on our system with the same name.  We may only be able to tell them apart by date of birth or address.  These details are essential and must be included within your consent, so we can securely identify our patients.  This information is kept as a minimum for the duration of the treatment.

 

Who owns my data?

Core Body Clinic, Ltd controls your data and we obtain the information from our patients and staff.  However, it is the individual themselves who 'own' the data.  None of your data will be transferred without your consent. 

 

Why do you want my email?

Email is the standard way to communicate with patients and we have had great success in developing a business that relies on email.  If you wish to book an appointment online then we will require an email.  At Core Body Clinic, Ltd. we only use emails to provide details about your appointment booking.  Emails also provide a reminder about a booking.  These are sent at the time of booking and also automatically sent out the day before your appointment.  We may send you an email about your treatment and for communication relating to billing.  Any sensitive information will only be passed to you via email if you approve.  We do not send out marketing material via email.  You do not have to give an email.  However, we find this is best for appointment reminders.  

We will not share your email with anyone else.  

 

Can I see my clinical notes and the data you hold about me?

Yes, we will make this information available for you at any time you wish.  You will need to write to the Data Protection officer (Sarah Wagtaff) or the Director (Adrian Wagstaff) and consent to the release of the information.  A small administration charge is made for this. 

Insurance companies can also request to see the notes.  However, you must give your consent for this and we would require written approval from the patient.

 

What if I don’t want my data stored?

Should you not wish this information to be kept after your treatment is complete you must be aware that it is the policy of Core Body Clinic Ltd that notes would be kept for 7 years or 25 years in the clinic.  The law requires that your notes be kept for the required duration.  This protects both patient and clinician.  You have the right to ask for the data to be transferred and destroyed. This does affect our legal obligations.  

 

How do you know you are secure?

To ensure we are maintaining security we perform an audit once a year to ensure all our processes are in keeping with GDPR.

We have prepared our checklist in accordance with the guidelines set out by ICO (https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/)

 

I have paid by card payment, is this safe?

We take payments through World Pay.  This is chip and pin and is one of the safest methods to take a card payment.  We are compliant with the PCI DSS (payment card industry data security standard).  This is something that we check annually with World pay.

 

I want to know how my data is stored

You can have all the information relating to data storage by requesting a call back from the clinic directors or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

 

Audit Date: 20th April 2018

Article update:  23rd April 2018

 

Sports Therapist

Rachel Mealyer BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Sports, musculoskeletal and Women's Health therapist

  

Member of the Society of Sports Therapists 

Rachel is a graduate from University of Chichester and holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy.  She is also a member of the Society of Sports Therapists.  She has extensive experience in sport and exercise therapy having worked with Beaconsfield FC as their sports therapist providing pitch side treatment, soft tissue therapies and rehabilitation to players.  In addition, she has is well known to local trampolining and gymnastic clubs treating their squad gymnasts, coaches and parents.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys keeping active, horse riding and playing lacrosse.  She is also a hockey player for Sonning Hockey Club.

Rachel is qualified to assess and diagnose problems affecting the musculoskeletal system (i.e. joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons).  She sees both sporting and non-sports related injuries.  Having a special interst in Women's Health and Pelvic pain, Rachel is also qualified to assess and treat problems affecting the pelvic floor, including: pregnancy pre and post partum; incontinence; pain during sex; and pelvic pain.  She has been trained by the well known Dr Ruth Jones and also mentored by Abarna Devi and Adrian Wagstaff.

Rachel is trained in the use of techniques similar to that of a physiotherapist with her skill set including: Massage therapy, joint mobilisation, sports strapping, exercise prescription and rehabilitation. 

Women's Health Practitioners

Molly wheeler BSc (Hons)  MCSP MHCPC

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council PH107274

Physiotherapist

 Molly is a chartered member of Physiotherapy, graduating from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) in 2015. Molly has completed various rotations and now works as a senior Physiotherapist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Molly is currently working in Women’s Health and has developed a real passion for this speciality, with a desire to expand and develop in this area. She has undertaken post graduate competencies in order to assess and treat a range of gynaecological and pre/post partum conditions. Molly currently treats ladies with pelvic pain, prolapses, incontinence (urge/stress), urgency requiring bladder retraining, vaginissmus, pelvic girdle pain (PGP/SPD), post partum rehab, 3rd and 4th degree tears, divarification, and provides rehab advice after gynae surgery. Molly understands some topics are difficult to talk about but describes herself as very relaxed and open and hopes clients feel at ease during their sessions. Should you have any problems or concerns you are unsure are women’s health related please feel free to ask Molly during your sessions and she will be able to point you in the right direction.   Outside of work Molly is part of a competitive Netball league in Reading, loves to travel and enjoy time with friends and family.

 

Rachel Mealyer BSc (Hons) MSST

Graduate Sports Therapist and Women's Health Practitioner

Rachel is a graduate from University of Chichester and holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy.  She is also a member of the Society of Sports Therapists.  She has extensive experience in sport and exercise therapy having worked with Beaconsfield FC as their sports therapist providing pitch side treatment, soft tissue therapies and rehabilitation to players.  In addition, she has is well known to local trampolining and gymnastic clubs treating their squad gymnasts, coaches and parents.

Rachel is qualified to assess and diagnose problems affecting the musculoskeletal system (i.e. joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons).  She sees both sporting and non-sports related injuries.  Having a special interst in Women's Health and Pelvic pain, Rachel is also qualified to assess and treat problems affecting the pelvic floor, including: pregnancy pre and post partum; incontinence; pain during sex; and pelvic pain (pain in the pelvis, vaginissmus).  She has been trained by the well known Dr Ruth Jones.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys keeping active, horse riding and playing lacrosse.  She is also a hockey player for Sonning Hockey Club.

Our Physiotherapists

 

 Adrian Wagstaff BSc Msc Manual Therapy

 MMACP MHCPC MCSP MAACP                           

 Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council Ph. 61117

Musculoskeletal, Sports and Male Pelvic pain Physiotherapist

 Adrian Wagstaff is the lead physiotherapist, owner and clinical director at Core Body Clinic.  He has a wealth of experience in sport  and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and holds both a BSc in Physiotherapy and a Masters (MSc) degree in Manual and Manipulative therapy. 

Adrian is also one of very few male chronic pelvic pain and prostate surgery rehabilitation physiotherapists.  He is skilled in the treatment of complex male pelvic pain and also in the rehabilitation of the pelvic floor after prostate surgery (incontinence and erectile dysfunction).  

Adrian uses a very 'hands-on' approach in delivering physiotherapy and uses this in combination with sports specific rehabilitation techniques.  He has worked at Manchester City FC and Wolverhampton Wonderers FC delivering physiotherapy to professional sports persons.

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Sports Therapy

What is Sports Therapy?

 

Sports Therapy is a healthcare profession governed by the Society of Sports Therapists.  They are now required to pursue a Bachelor Degree and complete three years of degree education and hundreds of hours of competency training.  They are trained primarily in musculoskeletal therapy and have extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Sports therapists are trained in the assessment and diagnosis of injuries and pain syndromes affecting the musculoskeletal system.  They have skills in hands-on therapies similar to those of a physiotherapist and at Core Body Clinic, work alongside physiotherapists.  They have specific skills in exercise rehabilitation and soft tissue therapies.

Sports Therapists treat many conditions including: Back pain, knee pain, shoulder injury, osteoarthritis, neck injuries, whiplash, tendon pain.   

They are governed by a code of conduct with a primary focus on the prevention of injury and the provision of rehabilitation to return a patient back to health after injury.  They treat both sports and non-sports injuries and treat people of all ages and abilities.

Rachel Mealyer is our new Sports Therapist  

 

 

 

 

As quoted from the Society of Sports Therapists website: 

Members of The Society of Sports Therapists:

  • Have reached a minimum benchmark level of knowledge and are eligible for membership status.
  • Are eligible for Professional Liability Insurance.
  • Are required to undertake an annual programme of mandatory Continued Professional Development (CPD) in order to maintain their right for re-registration.
  • Hold a current and valid first aid qualification as a mandatory pre-requisite for membership.
  • Are governed by standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures that are transparent and serve to protect not only the member but also the public with whom they come in contact.
  • Are a member of an organisation that strives to increase the levels of care provided for sports and recreational participants, regardless of age, level and ability.
  • Are members of a professional body that is working with the HCPC for the regulation and registration of the profession of Sports Therapy.

 

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Extended Scope Physiotherapy

At Core Body Clinic in Reading we want to provide an awesome service for our patients. For this we need equally awesome physiotherapists.  So, we have recently added Greg Pullum to our team. Greg works at both our Tilehurst (RG31 5DG) and Reading (RG2 7BW) clinics. 

Greg is a thoroughly nice chap and just happens to be a super skilled and very knowledgeable physiotherapist.  However, Greg is no ordinary physio.  Like Adrian, Greg also holds a post graduate qualification in manual therapy (MACP) and has completed specialist modules in advanced physiotherapy practice.  But, just to make Greg that little bit more super, he also practices as a Spinal ESP – this should stand for “Exceptionally Superb Physio”, what is actually stands for is ‘Extended Scope Physiotherapist’. The term ESP refers to an experienced physiotherapist who has received further appropriate training to work outside their normal scope of practice normally expected from a physiotherapist.  This might include extensive experience, additional competencies, a Masters (MSc) degree or membership of a specialist organisation like the MACP.  Greg’s current role focuses upon Spinal Diagnostic triage and advanced decision making to ensure patients have appropriate investigations and are referred to the right speciality in a timely fashion. 

   

 

 

 Other Extended services include:  Sports Physiotherapy     Running Clinic    Men's Health Physiotherapy


He also currently works within a specialised multidisciplinary service called the Integrated Pain and Spinal Service (IPASS) in the NHS, and Greg combines this with his role at Core Body Clinic.  IPASS is quite cool and recently won the 2016 British Society of Rheumatology’s ‘Emerging Best Practice Award’. People referred to this service often have chronic and complex spinal pain and/or ‘referred’ symptoms, like sciatica.  They may have already seen a physio, osteopath or chiropractor, or have not been responsive to GP intervention and simple pain medication. Their symptoms may include: difficult to manage pain; unusual pain; a loss in strength; altered or absent sensation; and, they may have a change in normal every day function.  Leg pain is not always sciatica and clinicians often miss the subtleties of vascular (problems with the blood vessels) complications.  Therefore, Greg is used to seeing very challenging and complex cases of spinal, back and leg pain and it is his job to track down the most likely cause of a patient’s problem and find a solution to treating it.   

Having Greg at the practice (Core Body Clinic) really helps to add to the effectiveness of the team and also provides us with up to date referral pathways and processes should patients need to be referred on or require specialist tests like specific blood tests. Simple blood tests are sometimes not enough and it is often beyond the remit of your physio to appropriately refer to the right consultant service. Having the knowledge base between Greg and Adrian really helps to refine the referral process and assist your family GP should we need to refer patients onwards.  It cuts down the GP’s time, reduces the likelihood of inappropriate tests and saves the patients time.                                                                          

Greg’s Specific roles include

  1. Delivery of a specialist spinal assessment (Clinical tests of joint, muscle and nerve function 
  2. Organisation of appropriate further investigations such as MRI scans, XRays, blood tests or Nerve Conduction Studies via Neurology
  3. Prompt onward referral to the most appropriate secondary care hospital specialities.
  4. Consultant liaison (Orthopaedic Spinal Consultants at Royal Berkshire Hospital, alongside Physiotherapy Services, Rheumatology, The Metabolic Bone Clinic, Pain Clinic and Pain Specialist Physiotherapists, Vascular Surgeons, Neurology and all other Orthopaedic Consultants)
  5. Mentoring and Supervision and Training input for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists
  6. Soft tissue and joint Injections for conditions like ‘Shoulder Impingement’; ‘Bursitis’; ‘Tennis Elbow’.

 

Greg is now using his working spinal assessment and diagnostic skills at Core Body Clinic to provide a more comprehensive treatment service for our patients.  If you need a specialist test or scan, Greg can relay this information to the GP, look to fast track you to another service or refer and request specific services.  On the NHS we cannot access scans unless via your GP but we are able to refer you privately at Core Body Clinic (See - Here).

 

If you are suffering from a lack of progression, poor diagnosis or ineffective treatment then give Greg or Adrian a call and we can help you understand your pain and problem.

The cost of Extended Scope is the same as regular physio.  

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Sports Massage Therapists

 

Rachel Mealyer BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Registered with the Society of Sports Therapists

 

Rachel is a graduate from University of Chichester and holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy.  She is also a member of the Society of Sports Therapists.  She has extensive experience in sport and exercise therapy having worked with Beaconsfield FC as their sports therapist providing pitch side treatment, soft tissue therapies and rehabilitation to players.  In addition, she has is well known to local trampolining and gymnastic clubs treating their squad gymnasts, coaches and parents.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys keeping active, horse riding and playing lacrosse.  She is also a hockey player for Sonning Hockey Club.

Rachel is qualified to assess and diagnose problems affecting the musculoskeletal system (i.e. joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons).  She sees both sporting and non-sports related injuries.

Rachel is trained in the use of techniques similar to that of a physiotherapist with her skill set including: Massage therapy, joint mobilisation, sports strapping, exercise prescription and rehabilitation. 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

What to Expect

Core Body Clinic (CBC) has 2 locations.  One can be found at the Total Health centre on Chapel Hill in Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 5DG.  It was set up in May 2014 to provide Physiotherapy, Sports injury care, and Men's and Women's health to the local and wider Reading community.  We wanted to build a practice based on evidence and critical thinking to ensure that we provided the best physiotherapy care possible.  Our clinic is spacious with level access and there is ample parking outside. Our second location is within the Sports Park, University of Reading, Shinfield Road, RG2 7JU and was opened in June 2016.  It too is spacious with the added advantage of having a fully equipped gym.

Our reception area is welcoming and our assessment and treatment rooms are spacious, very private and well equiped.  

 

Our vision is to provide highly experienced and specialised service to our patients with expertise in patient care, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.  Our guarentee is to provide the most cutting edge in musculskeletal physiotherapy and sports injury to ensure that you receive the right information, understand your problem and recover in the best possible way.  We guarentee to provide an honset approach to physiotherapy to ensure you understand the prognosis and the likely recovery time until you are moving and functioning pain free.  We promise to work with our patients to get them better and work at every stage of the rehabilitation process to ensure you are the right track to recovery.  Call or drop into our Reading on Chapel Hill or at the Sports Park for a free chat.   

Our booking system is integrated into the diary meaning you can see appointment times in real-time.  All you need to do is click  and register using either your tablet, iPad, phone or computer.  Once you are set up you can book and appointment. It is very easy and whats more, should you suddenly find this is not convenient you can change the appointment at any time.  Of course, you can still email or call the clinic and one of the staff will be more than happy to guide you through the booking process.  If you choose online booking, appointments can be made 24 hours a day 365 days a year making access to physiotherapy simple.  

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Who We Are

Reading and Tilehurst specialists in physiotherapy, clinical diagnosis and sports injury.  Core Body Clinic leads in the most cutting edge of assessment and treatment techniques to get you better quickly and keep you better.

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How it works

At Core Body Clinic (CBC) we dont like to make things complicated. The human body is a highly sophisticated and adaptable machine but we have yet to understand even 50% of the human brain.  So at CBC we have tried to simplify the treatment process by breaking it down into what we call our Core Approach.

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How to Find Us

Our physiotherapy clinic Core Body Clinic is found on Chapel hill in Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 5DG.  Our second physiotherapy clinic at the Sports Park, University of Reading.  There is ample car parking available at both.  Please note to request if you are attending our physiotherapy clinic at  The Sports Park in Reading and need a downstairs room. 

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