Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy Erbs Palsy Learning Disabilities Orthopaedics


Member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Member of The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapy
Member of The Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapy
Member of The Health and Social Care Professions Council (HPCP)


I am an experienced Children’s Physiotherapist with over 20 years post-qualification experience in treating children with neurological, neurodevelopmental, neuromuscular, and orthopaedic conditions in the community.

In addition to my current clinical roles I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness Physiotherapy reports for the Court covering a wide variety of complex neurological and orthopaedic injuries. I use the standardised outcome measure to assess a child’s functional difficulties to quantify the physiotherapy requirement and the equipment provision to improve their quality of life and care. I provide Physiotherapy quantum and breach of duty reports. I understand my duties under Part 35 of The Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses.

I have worked in my current NHS role since 2004. I am involved in planning, developing and evaluating the children and young persons physiotherapy service with responsibility for defining and delegating projects. The service includes children with special needs across a range of conditions including cognitive impairment and physical disabilities. I work closely with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams providing specialist advice on patient care.

I am responsible for the line management and supervision of team members, which includes clinical supervision, professional leadership, and personal development plans.

I am proficient in using standardised assessment tools, wheelchair assessment, postural care management, plaster casting, orthotics, gait analysis, functional electrical stimulation (FES), neuro developmental treatment (NDT) and moving and handling (M&H). I coordinate and run Lycra and Orthopaedic clinics.

I also work in independent private practice treating children up to the age of 18.

I am committed to providing the best care to children with disabilities to enable them to have a better quality of life and I liaise closely with clients, family, carers, case managers, other health care professionals and services to plan, coordinate, and facilitate rehabilitation.

I am experienced in writing EHCP reports on behalf of the NHS and trained to write reports for Tribunals.

I attend regular training and seminars in order to maintain and advance my professional development. Over the last 20 years I have been regularly involved in academic research activities and have presented on a variety of platforms and published articles in peer reviewed journals. I completed a non-medical clinical academic career internship programme in 2013 and a Masters in clinical research in 2015. These programmes have helped me to gain knowledge and skills in research methodology (quantitative & qualitative), statistical analysis, ethics and clinical governance. I am currently developing a protocol to do a systematic review in machine learning for children with neurological disorders.


Rathinam C, Mohan V, Peirson J. Subash-Nethaji K, Skinner J, Kuhn I. Effectiveness of Virtual Reality in the treatment of hand function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review. J Hand Ther. 2018 Jul 13. pii: S0894-1130(17)30107-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2018.01.006.

Rathinam C, Bateman A, Peirson J. Skinner J. Observational Gait Assessment Tools in Paediatrics – A systematic Literature Review. Gait Posture. 2014 Jun;40(2):279-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.04.187

Rathinam C, Spokes G, Bridges S. Green DA. Effects of Lycra Body Suit Orthosis on a Child with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Case Study. J Prosthet Orthot. 2013 Jan 25(1):58-61. DOI: 10.1097/JPO.0b013e31827b5946

Rathinam C, Nair N, Gupta A, Joshi S, Bansal S. Self reported Motorcycle Riding Behaviour Among School children in India. Accid Anal Prev. 2007 Mar;39(2):334-9. DOI:10.1016/j.aap.2006.09.002

Pearson N, Rathinam C, Mares K, Comparison of efficacy of intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid versus corticosteroids in the treatment of osteoarthritic carpometacarpal joint of the thumb: A systematic review (completed in 2015 but not published yet)

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