James and Matthew have launched Your Home Physio with a combined 20 years of diverse experience, both at home in the NHS and abroad.

James Nicholls

Covering: Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire/Bedfordshire

After qualifying with a Masters (pre registration) in Physiotherapy from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, I chose to venture abroad, and in 2007 began my career in a busy Level One Trauma Centre at Tampa General Hospital, Florida. There, I worked for over two years and gained invaluable experience working in a range of acute settings including orthopaedics, neurology, cardiology, respiratory, burns, paediatrics and oncology.

After deciding to return to the UK, I worked at the Royal Derby Hospital for a year and a half in elective orthopaedics (total Knee and total Hip replacements), trauma (including Neck of femur fractures) and intermittently on a day case orthopaedic ward and in fracture clinics.

I then worked at Watford General Hospital as a senior. I worked in A&E, assisting in preparing patients for their safe return home, as well as on general surgical wards, Intensive Care, the Stroke unit, Orthopaedics and in musculoskeletal (MSK) outpatients, spending six months per rotation whilst helping to train student and junior physiotherapists.

Since October 2016 I have been based in MSK outpatients in the Hertfordshire Community Trust where I treat patients on a 1:1 basis, but also take weekly classes to help patients requiring improvements in any combination of their strength, balance and mobility. This class helps patients who have perhaps lost confidence in their mobility and are at risk of falls, whilst providing a fun atmosphere in a social environment. In addition, I help to run a Total Knee and total Hip replacement class to facilitate recovery post surgery.

On a personal level, I am an avid windsurfer and enjoy going to both the south coast of England as well as destinations abroad to pursue this passion. After living in Grenoble, France, for over a year as a student in 2003 I also enjoy keeping up my French language skills as often as possible.

Matthew Street

Covering: Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/Staffordshire

I completed my BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from the University of Birmingham in 2008. Since then I have worked in the NHS and private sector, gaining a broad range of experience in musculoskeletal outpatients, sports, neurology inpatients and outpatients, trauma and orthopaedics, A&E and hydrotherapy. As well as Your Home Physio, I am also a senior physiotherapist in the NHS providing therapy at home for people following a stroke, orthopaedic surgery, falls and other conditions that affect mobility. Further responsibilities include environmental assessments, providing patient equipment, developing care plans, and in delivering manual handling training for other members of staff; so I have an excellent understanding of safe movement and handling.

I also became a registered physiotherapist in New Zealand where I worked in a busy musculoskeletal clinic, retirement village and with one of Auckland’s rugby clubs. As well as keeping up to date with the latest research and recommendations I love to share what I already know, so I also supervise physiotherapy students on placement and have previously taught anatomy to medical students from The University of Nottingham.

In my free time I enjoy playing golf, windsurfing and swimming.