Helen Forth MSc, BSc (hons), POGP
Helen Forth MSc, BSc (hons), POGP
Helen Forth graduated from the University of East London with a BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy in 1996, and completed her postgraduate qualification in women's health physiotherapy in 2000, gaining full membership to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health (ACPWH) at that time (now known as Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy – POGP). Helen completed her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2005 and was awarded a distinction. The topic for her research dissertation was the effectiveness of physiotherapy treatment for women with vulval pain. This research was published in 2009 in a medical journal “Obstetrics and Gynaecology”. In 2016 Helen completed a postgraduate Foundation course in Acupuncture through the University of Hertfordshire.
Helen worked at the Royal Free Hospital, a Central London teaching hospital, from September 1996-2011, specialising in women's health since 1998. She was the lead clinician for women's health physiotherapy there for over 10 years, and was extensively involved in developing and expanding the service, including the development of primary care and extended scope practice physiotherapy clinics within urogynaecology and pelvic floor dysfunction. Helen currently works at at Hadleigh Physiotherapy. Until very recently she also worked at 132 Harley Street (a women's medical practice) for 11 years. She has also previously worked at Grace Medical (at Grace Belgravia, a private women's only members club in London), and at Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre in Suffolk.
Helen has been very involved with her specialist network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy throughout her career. She was a member of the ACPWH journal committee from 2002-2008, and was also a member of the ACPWH executive committee in 2008. She was a member of the POGP Education Committee from 2014-2017, having only recently stood down. Helen has in the past been a regular undergraduate Physiotherapy lecturer at the University of East London, and a Clinical Educator for postgraduate MSc students from the University of Bradford. Helen enjoys teaching and education, and has hosted her own courses and held lectures both for her own profession, and for other professional groups. She has presented at ACPWH conferences in 2001 and 2009, and at the Vulval Pain Society Super Workshop in 2010. She has recently enjoyed teaching and providing educational workshops for groups of psychosexual and relationship therapists, and trainee yoga instructors.
Helen has published papers in several journals on diverse women’s health topics such as: Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, the development of a continence assessment pathway in acute care, the interaction between the abdominal and the pelvic floor muscles, and the effectiveness of physiotherapy treatment for vulval pain – demonstrating the wide range of her interest and experience in all aspects of women's health physiotherapy. She is hoping to publish a case study regarding acupuncture as an adjunct to physiotherapy for vulval pain in the near future. She is an approved Mummy MOT practitioner, and is also a certified Pilates matwork instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.
Helen is herself hypermobile, and was a competitive gymnast, and later a County hockey player. She comes from a very sporty family background, and this is where her interest in Physiotherapy started. She continues to do Pilates, swims regularly, walks her dog and chases around after her children in order to keep fit, and also to keep any musculoskeletal issues under control.