Bhanu Ramaswamy is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant based in Sheffield and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.
Bhanu left the NHS in 2010 to follow an increasing passion for promoting the health of the older people through activity, particiarly those with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s. As part of this new career direction, Bhanu qualified as a Fitness Instructor in exercise prescription with qualifications to Level 4, and has set up a Social Enterprise business to run exercise classes for people with clinical conditions. Bhanu’s career has permitted her contribution to chapters of various books for multi-professional readership as well as publish work related to her rehabilitation role, and to her field of interest – particularly Parkinson’s, and to lecture (inter)nationally. As well as maintaining clinical practice and also her role teaching postgraduate students, Bhanu continues to be involved in both national and international strategic projects for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is one of the representatives to the National Coalition of Active Ageing (NCAA). Her passion is to enhance activity levels in older people and for those with long term conditions and to see the advancement of practice in this field of physiotherapy and exercise prescription for a population with multiple, complex health and social care needs. Her recent proud achievements for 2012 include a nomination by members of the classes she leads to run the Olympic Torch through Sheffield earlier this year, and winning a prize at the World Congress in Active Ageing for her talk on implementing 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 the 2016 New Years Honours List Bhanu received an OBE. Read more here.