Here at JL PhysioFit we provide an expert physiotherapy service that is focused on establishing the root cause of your problem, not simply treating ‘where it hurts’. Based in the heart of Ponteland, just outside Newcastle, we work alongside our patients to understand their needs, whilst guiding them through a comprehensive and thorough assessment.
Identifying and understanding the factors that feed into the problem enables us to construct a specific treatment plan that works for you. Information will be given to you in a clear and easy to understand manner.
We encourage our clients to take an active role in their recovery so that the benefits of physio last long after the problem is resolved. As part of this, it is important that you understand what treatment method’s we can use in order to best help your problem. A list of common conditions and treatments can be found on our home page.
The clinic has full disabled access including a stairlift, widened corridors and a disabled toilet. Please let us know prior to your appointment if you need any further help and we will gladly assist.
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Meet our team
James Luccock MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist - APPI Pilates Instructor
First Class BSc (Hons) Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Pilates Instructor, Titleist Performance Institute Certified, HCPC registered
James is the owner and founder of JL PhysioFit and was born and brought up in Newcastle.
He started his professional training in Nottingham, where he successfully completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
James returned North primarily to pursue his passion for football, playing semi-professionally for a number of Northern League clubs. In particular, James made more than 250 appearances for North Shields F.C. and his career highlight came in 2015 when he proudly lifted the F.A.Vase trophy at Wembley stadium after a thrilling 2-1 extra-time victory over Glossop North End.
Whilst playing football James decided to specialise as a Physiotherapist and completed his training at Northumbria University, graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree.
He took up his first Physio post at Sunderland Royal Hospital completing rotations in outpatients, elderly care and respiratory medicine on the intensive care unit. James then obtained a post as an occupational health musculoskeletal physiotherapist and moving and handling trainer for the hospital trust. This role saw him deliver both physiotherapy treatments to patients and moving and handling training to hospital staff.
James then went on to work as a Private MSK Physiotherapist in Gosforth, Newcastle, successfully managing a busy and varied caseload of patients for over three and a half years: it was this experience that convinced James to strike out and establish his own clinic – and so JL PhysioFit was created.
In addition to being a fully-qualified physiotherapist, James is also an APPI qualified Pilates Instructor and really enjoys this side to his job, putting on challenging yet rewarding classes for clients.
A strong believer in always moving forward and advancing his knowledge and skills, James has carried out Post graduate training in the following:
- Level 3 diploma in Sports massage
- Taping and strapping course
- Foundation Acupuncture Qualification
- Masters level MSK/pain neuroscience training
- Titleist Performance Institute Certification
Most recently he has embarked on his Body Master diploma and has completed master classes in the Hip, Knee and Ankle to date.
Away from work – and having ended his time as a semi-pro footballer – James has shifted his attention to golf, playing as a member at Close House Golf Club.
James is Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified and as such is able to carry out full body screens to help golfers of all abilities identify physical restrictions that may be affecting the efficiency of their golf swing.
James really enjoys the work he does with golfers given his own passion for the sport and is a big advocate for golfers working on changes to their bodies to help improve their game.
Michael Liddle MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist | APPI Pilates Instructor
MCSP – Senior Physiotherapist | APPI Pilates Instructor | HCPC Registered
Michael joined the JL PhysioFit team from Connect Health where he practised as a Senior MSK Physiotherapist within the South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2021 he helped lead an innovative rehab programme in South Tyneside, aimed at getting physiotherapy patients into gyms and other supportive environments to help them develop strength, balance, confidence and general well-being – and Michael is keen to use his skills and his experience to empower our patients in the same way; to help them feel confident and better able to manage their conditions, injuries or other issues.
Michael left school to pursue a career as a professional footballer, and signed for Sunderland as a youth player before being offered a professional contract in 2008. He made his Sunderland first team debut in 2010, gained further full-time experience in loan spells at Carlisle, Leyton Orient and Gateshead before then making a move to Accrington Stanley where he was a first team regular for three seasons.
On leaving full-time football, Michael was determined to pursue a career in health. He returned to education, where he later graduated from the University of Cumbria with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy.
After graduation, Michael was offered a post with Connect Health and was placed on their accelerated development programme, working in the South Tyneside area. His work with Connect Health was quickly recognised and he was soon seconded into the NHS physiotherapy team, working in the same part of the north east.
Michael specialises in musculoskeletal care, and enjoys working with patients to help them out of pain and back to health using carefully prepared personal management plans.
Given his sporting career – he stills plays football semi-professionally for Blyth Spartans – Michael is ideally qualified to treat and manage a wide range of sporting injuries – and he completely understands the psychological effects of injury and pain on an individual.
In addition to his existing qualifications, Michael has recently completed an APPI Pilates qualification as an instructor, as well as taping courses for both upper and lower limb conditions.
Away from physiotherapy and football, Michael – who lives with his partner at the coast – has recently taken up surfing and sea/open water swimming.
Michael is already proving to be a great addition to the JL PhysioFit team, so if you would like to book an appointment with him, please call or email the clinic or use our easy online booking system.
Becky Grey MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist | APPI Pilates Instructor
Josh Bell MCSP Senior Physiotherapist
MCSP Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, HCPC registered
Josh is an Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapist working across the largest NHS Trust in the region. He has gained a wide range of experience across a number of clinical areas including orthopaedics, critical care, hands, burns and plastics before specialising in musculoskeletal practice. He is team leader in his service and manages a complex caseload of OHS and MSK referrals within the NHS.
Recently he has branched out to support clients with “Long COVID”, providing advice and guidance on managing pain and fatigue and developing exercise programs to support their recovery.
Josh also has a keen interest in sports injury rehabilitation and has worked with local and Northumberland County rugby teams. More recently he has spent 4 years working for Newcastle United Football Academy with age groups up to the Under 23’s.
Josh strives to build on his knowledge and skills and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He is also a committee member for the North East Musculoskeletal Society, helping to provide training and learning opportunities for physiotherapists across the region.
Josh is able to assess and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and is a great asset to the JL PhysioFit team. To book in with Josh please call or email the clinic.
Skill sets and interests:
Fatigue and Long COVID recovery
Ramakrishna Rachaputi Sonographer, Consultant Physiotherapist, Injection Therapist, Independent Prescriber
BSc Physiotherapy, Post Graduate Diploma Neuro Musculo Skeletal Health Care, Post Graduate Certificate Musculo Skeletal Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound, Independent Prescriber
Ramakrishna (Ram) is a highly experienced state registered physiotherapist, sonographer, and an independent prescriber.
Having achieved a bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from Karnatak University, India, in 2001 Rami went on to gain a post graduate diploma in neuro-musculoskeletal health care from Keele University in 2003.
After gaining significant clinical experience in musculoskeletal medicine, orthopaedics and the treatment of sports injuries, he went on to further specialise in injection therapy and achieved post-graduate certification in musculoskeletal diagnostic and interventional ultrasound techniques.
Rami uses ultrasound to diagnose and treat a wide range of joint, muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve-related problems; the scans enable him to administer highly-accurate ultrasound-guided injections and other advanced procedures to help relieve many painful conditions.
Ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections can also be beneficial in the management of some musculoskeletal problems that persist in not responding to other treatments (for example, unguided injections etc).
Rami has an almost unique skill set which has seen him work extensively at university hospitals across the UK, including Kings College Hospital, London, York University Hospital and also the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.
We are delighted to have Ramakrishna here as part of our JL PhysioFit team; his skills are complementary to our own and help us provide our patients with the widest possible spectrum of treatment, care and rehabilitation techniques.
Julie O’Sullivan Office Manager
Julie has worked in the customer service industry for nearly 40 years, and has built her career primarily in the hotel, hospitality and health sectors – areas where exceptional service is an essential part of a customer’s total experience.
With her practice management experience, she knows how a professional small business should be run and prides herself on her exceptional customer service skills and attention to detail.
Having assembled and managed professional and friendly reception teams, she believes that a friendly, caring and helpful approach is extremely important, particularly when patients arriving at our clinic may be in a lot of pain and may be feeling nervous or apprehensive.
Julie says: “We want our patients’ experience at JL PhysioFit to be one where they feel they are in safe hands and they know that we really care”.
“From the moment they come through our door until the moment they leave, it is our job to make every patient feel welcome and feel special – exactly the way that we would like to be treated ourselves”.
Julie is married to Michael and has two grown-up sons, Sean and Callum, and two grandchildren, Alex and Lucy.
When she is not running our reception, she likes to cycle, sing, shop, and spend time with family.
Pip Kyle Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Mindfulness Teacher
Pip is a Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Mindfulness Teacher and Founder of Moving Bodies Moving Minds.
She delivers Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness Meditation classes, workshops, events and wellbeing consultancy, in the North East and Online.
Outside of the yogic environment, Pip is an Associate Lecturer in Arts and Culture at Newcastle University, with research interests in aesthetic sports, psychological wellbeing, youth athlete development and creativity.
Before commencing a career in academia and wellbeing, she worked for numerous arts and cultural organisations, charities and SME’s, as well as an abundance of primary, secondary and SEND schools and settings in dance and creative education. Pip also has a breadth of experience working with young people, with a varying range of access needs.
Pip is an ex-professional contemporary dance artist and occasionally offers coaching and short-term development programmes in contemporary dance, for adults and youth dancers.
Pip would love to hear from you and welcome you to one of her yoga and mindfulness meditation classes.
If you would like to book, please contact Pip at:
Moira Luccock Receptionist
Moira has worked for many years in professional social care and has always enjoyed keeping fit and active.
She has joined us as a part-time receptionist welcoming patients’ to our practice. With her previous experience of working closely with people, Moira understands the value of bringing a professional, caring, and empathetic approach to everything we do at JL Physiofit.
In her leisure time, Moira stays busy and engaged; she does pilates regularly, cycles and walks, undertakes volunteering activities, and is also currently learning Spanish.