Meet the Gloucestershire Cancer Exercise Specialists:
Joanne has over 12 years’ experience within the health and fitness industry but now currently specialises in Cancer Rehabilitation and GP referral clients. She is enthusiastic about making positive changes to people’s health and well-being through personalised exercise programs that accommodate individual needs and abilities.
She is versatile when it comes to delivering group training sessions or individual 1-1 sessions in which her personal attributes play a role in making it an enjoyable experience.
She is qualified in:
Cancer Rehabilitation Level 4
GP Exercise Referral Level 3
Varied Class Qualifications
Motivational Interviewing Techniques
Upon retiring from the military after serving 38 years as a helicopter pilot with the Army & RAF, Gordon re-trained as Personal Trainer in 2015/16 and has been able to draw on his extensive experience within the military’s fitness training regime having attained a number of fitness training qualifications.
After completing his Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing & Level 3 in Personal Training, he wanted to specialise and immediately completed his Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, which opened the door to further specialist qualifications. Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation was completed in May 2016 and Level 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation Course in Jun 2018.
Since attaining his new skills, Gordon has worked across Gloucestershire County as a whole. He assists with the Forest of Dean Exercise Referral scheme, by delivering one-to-one gym based sessions with over 250 referrals. Within that particular scheme, Cancer Rehabilitation classes are run weekly at a Hospice in Coleford. He delivers similar Cancer classes in Stroud and Cheltenham.
Annie is a Chartered Physiotherapist who works as a Cancer Specialist Physiotherapist for the Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation Team. She qualified in 2017 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy from the University of the West of England. As part of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Annie has worked in musculoskeletal outpatient departments in the Forest of Dean and Dursley.
Throughout Annie’s career she has developed her skills in treating long term conditions, pain management, womens health, rheumatology and hand therapy. Annie has also completed a qualification in Level 3 Diploma for Sports Massage and is trained to practice Acupuncture for musculoskeletal problems.
Annie has a passion for swimming and is a previous national champion and Level 2 swimming coach. She enjoys keeping fit by taking part in hot yoga, swimming and running.
Sarah has been working as an Exercise Specialist in Cardiac, Pulmonary and Cancer Rehabilitation and GP Referral schemes, for the last 12 years. Sarah also works in Health, within local government. Working on initiatives that compliment the work of health professionals, and the caring of our communities. She is qualified in :
BACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Level 4
Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation Level 4
Chronic Respiratory Disease Rehabilitation Level 3
Exercise on Referral Level 3
Advanced Personal Trainer Level 3
Otago Exercise Programme Leader Level 2
Sarah is passionate about using exercise, and other lifestyle choices, to help prevent the occurrence and re-occurrence of these, and other, health conditions.
Outside of work, Sarah is a keen dancer and runner.
Katie works as the Therapies Assistant Practitioner for Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation. She is involved in delivering the Next Steps educational courses to patients, which teaches patients techniques to self-manage some of the side-effects of a cancer diagnosis or from the treatments they may have had. Katie also helps to organise and deliver the physical activity elements of other Next Steps courses like ”Active Everyday” and “Recipe for Health”.
Katie worked in the Oncology Unit, Cheltenham General Hospital in the Therapy Department as a Senior Therapy Support Worker for 16 year supporting the Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists on the Oncology wards. Katie is Cancer Rehabilitation Level 4 Trained.
Outside of work Katie likes be outside in the fresh air and particularly enjoys walks which involve being by water. She has an allotment and likes nothing more than putting the world to rights over a cup of tea and good old dig.
I have over 30 years of experience in the fitness world and work at The Pulse in Dursley where I deliver the Cancer and Cardiac rehab classes as well as many others including Beginners/healthy lifestyle Exercise classes in the water and the studio, Flexibar, TRX , Aquastretch, kettlebell, circuits , bootcamp ,Swiss ball and conditioning classes, Exercise to music, Parkinson’s awareness course, Introduction to counselling course.
I’m a fully qualified PT LEVEL 3 , Cardiac rehab Level 4 , Cancer rehab Level 4 , Exercise referral 3, Gym Coach level.
I love my job and the people I come across in my line of work. I’m hoping to do my respiratory rehab in the near future. My hobbies are fundraising, holidays and baking
Felice is a Senior Health Trainer (personal trainer ) trained at Level 3 personal training from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) and Level 4 Canrehab, a specific course that trains exercise specialists in understanding cancer, its treatments and its effects, as well as Level 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation.
He has worked with many different populations within the community including Great Britain athletes, professional boxers, disabled, blind, elderly and people affected by cancer. He has a particular interest in Olympic weightlifting, strength and conditioning, boxing, and getting people to achieve what they thought was not possible.
Outside of work Felice enjoys to train himself.
Tracy has worked in the fitness industry for the past 14 years, and is qualified in Level 2 gym, functional training, TRX level 1, GP referral, Level 4 Cancer rehabilitation, post and pre-natal exercise, respiratory instructor qualified. She works in Bourton-on-the-Water as a gym instructor and GP referral instructor.
Tracy also runs a local respiratory class. She likes to use the gym and the rest of the time is very busy and is spent driving her 9 year old girl round as she does karate three times a week and football three times a week. She also enjoys going to the horses.
Joanne (Jo) Sansom
Jo is a registered Dietitian qualifying in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Wales Cardiff Institute. Jo has had numerous roles as a dietitian but has spent the last six years within the field of oncology, specialising in Head & Neck Cancer.
Jo is now working with Macmillan Next Steps Rehabilitation, alongside her Head & Neck role, promoting healthier lifestyle choices for those affected by Breast, Colorectal & Prostate cancer. Many people experience eating concerns either before, during and/or after their treatment for cancer. Some of these concerns may include unintentional weight loss or weight gain, cancer related fatigue, gastrointestinal problems following surgery or radiotherapy and swallowing difficulties.
Juliette Sherrington & Nikki Broadbridge
Juliette leads the Oncology Therapy Service at Cheltenham General Hospital. She has 21 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist and has specialised in cancer care for the past 5 years.
Nikki is a Senior Physiotherapist in the Oncology Therapy team at Cheltenham General Hospital.
She has been qualified for 10 years and has spent the last 4 years specialising in cancer care.
They run a Starting Out programme designed to give advice on managing energy levels whilst undergoing cancer treatments.
They offer group sessions which incorporate allocated individual slots to discuss your individual needs. Our programme is designed to offer strategies and advice on managing energy levels whilst undergoing treatments and includes a session on physical activity.
Pauline Turfrey is the volunteer Nordic Walking Instructor for both Macmillan and Maggies Cancer Charities. She worked at a senior level in the banking industry for over 30 years before being diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis offered a new perspective and she took the opportunity to retire in 2013.
Since then she has volunteered for Maggies, Cobalt Diagnostic Imaging and McMillan and has used her skills to help these charities in any way possible.
Pauline has taken a keen interest in exercise with a focus on how it can help people manage and live with my cancer. Having read an article on how beneficial Nordic Walking was as an overall exercise, but in particular for those who have had lymph nodes removed, Pauline decided to train as an instructor. She qualified with Nordic Walking UK in 2015 and have been running courses for cancer patients and their family/friends for the last two and a half years.
Pauline is married to Peter and has two grown up children – Phillip who lives and works in Melbourne Australia, and Patti who lives and works in Manchester.
Tanya is a Specialist Cancer and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who works in the NHS for Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation. Tanya has a Bachelor of Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.
Tanya has been a trained Physiotherapist since 2010 and worked in large NHS Trusts in London and Bristol before joining Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust in 2012.
At Gloucestershire Care services she has worked in outpatient services; specialising in musculoskeletal and long term conditions. Throughout her career, Tanya has developed her skills in treating individuals with a cancer diagnosis and chronic pain management. Tanya is passionate about enabling individuals to self-manage and achieves this by providing suitable treatments and giving individuals the skills and confidence to achieve the best long term health and wellbeing outcomes.
Tanya also has her own private practice providing mobile musculoskeletal physiotherapy; where she specialises in clinical pilates.
Outside of work Tanya enjoys doing spinning classes and spending time with her family.
Brendan works as a personal trainer at the Cheltenham Ladies College Sports centre. Brendan is a Level 4 Cancer and Exercise rehabilitation specialist as well as holding a Level 3 diploma in exercise referral, a Level 3 diploma in personal training and a Level 3 exercise and fitness instructor for disabilities.
He co-runs the cancer exercise circuits held on a Monday and is responsible for delivering the exercises in a safe and individualised way. He also has qualifications in weight loss management, torso training and core stability, postural analysis and corrective exercise. He is trained to instruct with kettlebells, TRX and is a UKA running coach.
Outside of work Brendan is a keen runner, leading and coaching the Cheltenham Striders and he has represented his country for his running.