Specialist physiotherapist Jim Marshall has joined the Medical Specialist Group to develop a sports and exercise medicine centre of excellence for islanders, working closely with the group’s four orthopaedic consultants.
Jim joins as Advanced Specialist Physiotherapist from First Contact Health, where he was Clinical Director, and brings 30 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, working with organisations to develop diagnostics and treatment for the most demanding of patients including nine years at a senior level in the UK military and nine years in professional football.
He was the lead physiotherapist for the Guernsey’s Commonwealth Games team in Birmingham last month and led the medical team for the previous Games in Australia in 2018.
Jim says: “I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with some exceptional physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons as well as with sports and exercise consultants in professional sport and elite services of the UK military. This has made me passionate about helping people with orthopaedic and sports injuries, developing treatment plans based on their individual needs.”
Jim will offer a rapid advanced triaging and diagnostic service for people with sports injury or with other acute or long-term joint, bone and muscle problems. He will then develop a treatment plan which may include specialist ultrasound guided injections using steroids, hyaluronic acid or platelet rich plasma (PRP), or referral to the right orthopaedic consultant.
Orthopaedic consultant Mr Chris Joslin adds: “Jim has an excellent reputation on the island among patients, the sports community and GPs due to his expertise in sports and exercise and musculoskeletal medicine. We are very much looking forward to working with him as we develop the service together over the next 12 months to become a true centre of excellence for Guernsey.”
Patients who are self-funding or whose health insurance permits self-referral can make an appointment directly over the phone or by email. Some health insurers will require patients to have a referral from their GP.