Rachael Coulson-Smith

Rachael started at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury as a Junior Physiotherapist in 2002 and has worked there ever since. She gained an MSc in Health and Rehabilitation in 2012 and became the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in 2015.

Bronagh Papenfus

Bronagh has been a qualified physio for 16 years, specialising in neuro rehab for the last 10 years. She is the newly appointed Clinical Specialist and Team Lead Physio in the Belfast Regional Spinal Injury Centre. She has a real passion for spinal injury rehab and loves working within the MDT to try and maximise patients’ function, pushing them towards their goals.

Benita Hexter

Benita is Clinical Specialist and Lead Physiotherapist at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Stanmore and Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow at University College, London. Her appointments reflect her passion for treating those with spinal cord injury and developing the staff and services which provide for them.

Claire Trask

Claire has been qualified as a physiotherapist for over 30 years and has worked at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre, Sheffield for nearly 30 years.

Claire Guy

Claire has been qualified since 1984 and has worked in neurorehabilitation throughout most of her career. She has worked clinically and managerially at Stoke Mandeville Hospital with spinal cord injury, and has also spent time in a community setting, and 10 years in specialised brain injury and other neurological conditions. She is currently Principal Physiotherapist in Spinal Injuries based at the Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Cardiff, but linking with acute and community services throughout South Wales. The Centre was relocated to the University Hospital Llandough in June 2021. She is enthusiastic about accessible outdoor sport.

√Čimear Smith

√Čimear is Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Rehabilitation & Mater Misericordiae University Hospitals, Dublin since 2009. Sub-specialist clinical interests include paediatric SCI, ventilatory management in SCI, restoration of upper limb function in tetraplegia and the long-term medical complications of SCI. Current research interests include epidemiology of and outcomes following traumatic and non-traumatic SCI, and patient and public involvement in SCI research.

Dot Tussler

Dot is the Head Physiotherapist at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where she has worked since 1982. She is the former Chair of the MASCIP committee and has been a member since its inception in 1997. Dot has had a varied experience in spinal cord rehabilitation over her years, greatly enjoying the team working, sport and opportunity to contribute to the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury across their lifespan.

Hester Dunne

Hester is a registered nurse and has worked at the National Spinal Injuries Centre for over 30 years. She’s worked in various areas of the centre, including rehabilitation wards, outpatients and community liaison, and over the last five years as the tissue viability clinical nurse specialist.

Claire Lincoln

Claire is a Specialist Physiotherapist who has worked at the QENSIU, Glasgow since 2006. She currently works in a split clinical and research role, in collaboration with the Scottish Centre for Innovation in Spinal Cord Injury.

SCI Representatives by Region



Bronagh Papenfus


Claire Guy


Eimear Smith


Claire Lincoln


Clare Nixon


Jess Shiel


Rachael Coulson-Smith


Claire Trask


Clare Miller


Benita Hexter

Stoke Mandeville

Imogen Cotter


Zoe Jeffery


Fiona Dixon


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