About PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

PhysioNeeds is an expanding group of physiotherapy practices, that now boasts 3 clinics based in Nottingham, Cotgrave and East Bridgford.


About PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

About us

PhysioNeeds Cotgrave opened it's doors on the 1st November 2013 as the second practice to open in partnership with Parkwood Leisure at Cotgrave Leisure Centre. In 2018 the clinic moved to the Cotgrave Business Hub at the Cotgrave precinct in brand new premises.

This practice is run by James Tomlinson, Brodie Howatson and Ellie Howatson.

Meet the team

James Tomlinson

I have always known the value of physiotherapy, not only in the mechanical sense but also the psychological. Having studied Psychology to Degree level I understand the significant impact that reduced function and pain has on day to day lives and psychological wellbeing. This is why I feel good communication with patients is of vital importance. I feel my patient’s need to know what condition they have, why they have it, what they can do to prevent it and what I can do to help. It’s with this that body and mind can come together to achieve recovery.

James Tomlinson Physiotherapist

I have a strong emphasis on hands on techniques as I believe this is the best way to relieve secondary complications. At the same time, I will push my patients to self -manage and communicate clearly on their progression. This is the best way to derive a valid prognosis. I have always had a keen interest in complex musculoskeletal cases, I enjoy the problem-solving aspect and enjoy challenging myself and thinking laterally.

I enjoy new challenges and I’m always looking to improve existing treatment techniques or discovering new ones by going on regular courses. Since qualifying I am now fully trained in manipulation therapy, shockwave therapy and injection therapy. This allows me to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. I have also developed injury risk screening software called the ‘Fit2go Body Screen’ which looks at your Health, Lifestyle and Body as a collective to truly reflect your wellbeing. My hope one day is to incorporate this screening as a standard service across the country as a means of education and injury prevention

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, going swimming and running, but most of all I love playing the drums. I have been drumming since I was 15 years old and I’m now at Grade 8 level. I have a beautiful wife, little boy and girl at home that greet me after a busy day at work. They make all my hard work worthwhile.

Brodie Howatson

I love all sports, but my number one sport is rugby. I have played locally since 2007 and previously for Saracens U20’s, Herts and Notts Counties and National 3 sides. Since becoming a father in 2016 and again in 2018 I have managed to continue playing albeit with slightly less energy.

Brodie Howatson Physiotherapist

I graduated from Nottingham University in 2007 in Physiotherapy (BSc Hons) and have since gained a Masters in Manual Therapy (MSc MMACP) in 2015 including an Advance Practice Module allowing me to deal with more complex cases.

I have practiced acupuncture since 2007 and I am AACP qualified. I am also able to perform shockwave therapy and have had great success with this. I have attended numerous training courses over the years ensuring my clinical knowledge is up to date and as informed as possible.

When it comes to physio, I specialise in differential diagnosis of complex cases and spinal rehabilitation and sports injuries. I used to work in community rehabilitation for the elderly specialising in mobility and have worked in hospital rotations as well as professional sport as a physio for West Ham United for both the senior and academy squads. I started in private practice in 2010 and have loved treating a wide spread of injuries over this time.

Ellie Howatson

I enjoy playing for my local hockey club in the midlands league and previously County. I am a member of Holme Pierrepoint Running club and enjoy social and competitive running anything from 5K to Half Marathon distances. I also play golf socially but have previously played at a county level.

Ellie Howatson Physiotherapist

My interest in physio lies within musculoskeletal with a particular interest in the rehabilitation of sports injuries back to a competitive level.

I graduated from Nottingham University with a Bsc in Physiotherapy in 2007 and shortly after I volunteered in Ugandan hospital shortly after graduation and then took a break from physiotherapy to undertake a post-graduate study in Human Resource Management and gain experience of managing a business.

Charlotte Ralfe

I have been training and weight lifting for over five years now and over the last two years I have taken my passion and enthusiasm for fitness and channelled it into my career. In the space of 13 months, I qualified as a Gym Instructor, with a Level 3 in Personal Training and as a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist at Loughborough College.

Charlotte Ralfe Physiotherapist

My interest and fascination with human anatomy has continued to grow and I am currently studying Human Biology and Psychology as a distance learner with the aspiration to study Physiotherapy at degree level. I also plan to advance my Sports Massage qualification; I will be Level 4 qualified by February next year with a qualification in Acupuncture Techniques for Sports Injuries by the end of June.

Having overcome injuries myself throughout the years, I understand the struggles and frustration that come with having a poorly functional body. I believe that physical wellbeing is incredibly important for quality of life; a fact which many of us can take for granted prior to injuries.
After shadowing James Tomlinson for almost two years, I have gained a greater understanding of musculoskeletal injuries and the value that can be added with a good body of knowledge and the correct diagnosis. This experience has allowed me to help treat patients hands on and has also cemented my passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

I’m also passionate about nutrition and love to cook every day, I enjoy skiing and being outdoors with my dog. I love the face to face interaction that this job allows as I am very much a people person.

Lucy Thompson

I achieved a First Class Honours degree in Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science from the University of Nottingham and have worked in professional rugby since graduating. I have always been very passionate about sport which led to the interest in injuries and their assessment and rehabilitation. I have participated in netball, cricket and football regularly.

Lucy Thompson Physiotherapist

I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of my job and the satisfaction of assisting a patient back to their daily lifestyle/hobbies. During my post graduate employment I have developed my assessment and treatment methods as well as experience in developing and implementing rehabilitation programmes.

Due to my role in the rugby medical team I have also completed my qualification in Immediate Care in Sport Level 3 allowing me to treat those with life threatening injuries prior to hospital transfer. I have a particular interest in the musculoskeletal aspect of healthcare, especially sports injuries due to my experience and focus of my degree.

Ben Harris

I have always had an interest health and fitness from a young age. Being a physiotherapist allows me to share this enthusiasm with others, to help them reduce pain and live their lives to the fullest.

Ben Harris Physiotherapist

I studied Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University, qualifying in 2010. After qualifying I spent some time working for the NHS in Cambridgeshire. Since 2012 I have chosen to work in a variety of different private healthcare settings, including providing occupational physiotherapy for DHL aviation. I have worked for PhysioNeeds since 2019.

I have completed post graduate training in the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy levels 1-4, which fits in well with my approach of helping facilitate better movement in my patients day to day lives. I am also AACP Acupuncture qualified. I have written a number of physiotherapy blogs over the years which I have really enjoyed, giving an opportunity to express my creative side!

I have a personal interest in psychology, nutrition and strength and conditioning, which also dovetail nicely into my physiotherapy practice. I always find particular satisfaction in helping people return to exercise or get more active when they thought it wouldn’t be possible for them. In my free time I enjoy swimming, cycling, running, reading, and the occasional bit of drawing and painting.

Mrs. Helen Tomlinson MCSP

I am the founder of PhysioNeeds and after graduating from Nottingham University in 1979, with a MCSP Grad Dip in Physiotherapy, I specialised in spinal and sporting injuries.

Helen Tomlinson Physiotherapist

I have years of experience treating a wide variety of injuries and a wide range of patients including famous people like Stephie Graph, Stuart Pearce, Brian Ferry and Jane Torville. I opened my first private physiotherapy practice in 1982. Torville and Dean then opened the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic in 1995. I am a family person and love my family with all my heart.

I have triplet boys called Mark, Peter and James and a daughter called Abigail. James and Abigail are now partners in PhysioNeeds. I love to horse ride in my spare time and take my springador called 'Willow' for a walk everyday. I also enjoy reading, listening to music as well as theatre and travel. I would say my specialty is backs and necks as I have graduated in osteopathic manipulative techniques. I also gain great satisfaction in seeing how core stability exercises/pilates help my patients and have established PhysioNeeds Equestrian which combines my interests and specialities. I believe that hands on physiotherapy is very important and I make sure all my staff are trained and deliver the best quality hands on treatment possible.

Although I no longer carry out treatments, I remain closely involved with PhysioNeeds.

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Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic

Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic

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PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

Opened in 1998 and has supplied Physiotherapy to surrounding areas for over 15 years. The practice is run by Helen Tomlinson (founder of PhysioNeeds) and Paul Scothern.


PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

Opened in 2013 and was the first practice to open in association with Parkwood Leisure at Cotgrave Leisure Centre.


Our dedicated and self-contained clinics are fully equipped and staffed with a highly experienced physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation team.

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Dear PhysioNeeds Cotgrave patients

We hope you are all keeping safe and you and your families are managing okay in these very unprecedented times.

Our clinic is open for Face to Face treatment! We assure you that we have put enhanced measures in place to ensure the protection of both you the patient, our staff and the wider public. A full risk assessment of the working environment has been undertaken. We are following Public Health England COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidelines.

We are asking patients to wear a face mask at all times when inside the clinic.

Please see our PDF attached outlining our SCREENING-CLEANING-PROTECTING protocols

COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS: When booking a Face to Face appointment you will be asked to confirm that you or any member of your household IS NOT presenting, or HAS NOT presented with the following symptoms in the last 14 days:

If you answer YES to any of the above then you will not be able to be seen Face-to-Face but we can still discuss and treat your injury via Telephone/Video Consultations. We can also offer Telephone/Video Consultations for those patients who are still shielding.

We have also been posting lots of videos on our Facebook page and YouTube channel (PhysioNeeds) so do check those out to try and stay as active as possible. We have also been putting top tips on our Facebook page to help with prevention/management of injuries. If you have any questions, please do contact the clinic.

Stay safe everyone!

From all the team at PhysioNeeds

Screening, Cleaning, Protecting