Joanna Ruck    "Jo"

GradDipPhys MCSP

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council


Hi, I'm Jo

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist who graduated from The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham in July 1992.

I have 28 years experience working as a physiotherapist, a majority of which has involved delivering specialist respiratory care for the NHS both in the hospital and community setting.

I worked in the hospital environment for the first 7 years of my career completing a variety of rotations as a junior physiotherapist before holding senior positions, firstly in a split Respiratory / Neurology role and then specialising in Respiratory Care on the intensive care unit and wards. I was then appointed as a Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist in the Community in December 1999.

I was promoted to Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist in 2003 and my role was to manage and co-ordinate the community based Respiratory Physiotherapy Service and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service for Southern Derbyshire.

In 2005 I co-ordinated and further developed the Southern Derbyshire Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service in collaboration with the Derby Hospitals Acute NHS Trust.

In 2008 I was responsible for establishing and developing the new Adult Integrated Respiratory Team with the Respiratory Nurse Lead , and  subsequently became the Team Lead / Manager for that Service. Throughout this time I maintained a clinical caseload, delivered educational programmes to a range of healthcare professionals and provided staff supervision both clinically and managerially.

RESP was established in 2014.

Since then RESP has worked for Nuffield Health and Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust providing one to one respiratory care, as well as group Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Both of these contracts have now been completed and from April 2018 I have continued to provide respiratory care for individual clients in their own home / place of residence. 

The above experience has enabled me to develop significant knowledge and expertise in the area of respiratory care, which I use to provide high quality assessment, education and treatment for my clients (Please see testimonial section of the website).

I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I am also a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC), Interstitial Lung Disease Interdisciplinary Network (ILD-IN) and the Physiotherapy for Breathing Pattern Disorders Group.

Continuous professional development is important to me and I undertake regular self directed learning as well as relevant courses / training to ensure that my knowledge and skills remain up to date.

I am also a founder member of the Derby Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group  which I continue to help support on a voluntary basis.