Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy

Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant based in Sheffield and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.

In 2010, Bhanu left the NHS after 2 decades working in the field of rehabilitation to follow a desire for promoting the health of older people through activity, particularly those with long-term conditions. Her vision of the physiotherapy profession advancing its skills through involvement in exercise prescription for a population with multiple, complex health and social care needs led her to train as a Fitness Instructor in exercise prescription with qualifications to Level 4, working with local charities to run exercise classes for people with clinical conditions.

Bhanu’s career has permitted her contribution to clinical education (inter)nationally, authorship of chapters in multi-professional texts as well as publishing work related to her rehabilitation role, specifically in her fields of interest i.e. rehabilitation of older people and of Parkinson’s. As well as maintaining clinical practice and a role teaching postgraduate students, Bhanu continues to be involved in both national and international strategic projects for Parkinson’s UK, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy professional networks ACPIN (neurology) and AGILE (older people).

Proud achievements and testaments towards these goals came in 2012, when she was nominated by members of the classes she leads and ran the Olympic Torch through Sheffield. Also, in 2012, she won a prize at the World Congress in Active Ageing for her talk on implementing physical activity theory into practice – a presentation about using research to inform content and form of the classes she leads for people affected by Parkinson’s.

In 2015, she received a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for her work with Parkinson’s and older people. Bhanu received an OBE for services to physiotherapy in the 2016 Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List, and in 2017, was awarded a Fellowship of the University of Cardiff, her alma mater.