Kate Walsh BSc (Hons) Post Grad Cert. (masters level) Continence MSCP HCPC POGP, Specialist Physiotherapist and Tutor Pelvic Health and Continence.
Kate qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1991 from The Royal London Hospital/University of East London.
Her early career was spent specialising in acute Neurosciences in London and then Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge prior to moving to Wirral in 1998. It was there she began to work as a specialist in women's health and continence in 2003 and from here her journey into the world of pelvic physiotherapy began.
Kate’s clinical practice includes an NHS and private clinics on Wirral, Liverpool and London. Her caseload includes all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction including continence (bladder and bowel), prolapse, painful bladder syndrome and lower bowel dysfunction. She has a particular expertise in chronic pelvic pain disorders and optimising post-natal recovery.
Kate completed the postgraduate certificate in continence physiotherapy (bladder and bowel) at Masters level from the University of Bradford in 2012. Subsequent to this, education and teaching have played a key role alongside clinical work in Kate's professional life. She is an external lecturer in “specialist skills” in the School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, and worked as clinical tutor to the students on placement.
She is a tutor for the POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy), teaching on the anorectal dysfunction and advanced pelvic floor workshops run nationally by the professional body.
Kate spent 2 years on the executive committee of the POGP followed by a period as reviews editor on the POGP journal. She has also recently been the external editor for an updated Cochrane review. This keeps Kate in touch with national developments and research within the speciality, ensuring her clinical practice is both current and evidence-based.
The Mummy MOT training course has been developed to train specialist physiotherapists on a postnatal recovery programme which optimises pelvic floor function, core strengthening and return to fitness. Kate tutors regularly on this course and offers the MOT service within her clinical practice.
On a personal level, Kate is a busy mum of 3 and can identify with the increasing demands and pressure on women throughout all stages of their lives. She is also aware of the strain placed on men and women within society to function at such a level whereby they have to disregard their pelvic symptoms until it becomes impossible to ignore and the problems they encounter seeking the skilled help they deserve. Kate helps to provide this, drawing on her vast experience and expertise to design a programme of treatment tailored to the individual with the ultimate goal of providing relief and an ability for the individual manage their own symptoms. This can, in turn, lead to widespread benefit and help towards a sense of regained control.