Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant based in Sheffield and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.
Bhanu left the NHS to follow an increasing passion for promoting the health of the older people through activity, particularly those with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s. As part of this new career direction, Bhanu qualified as a Fitness Instructor in exercise prescription with qualifications to Level 4 and runs exercise classes for people with clinical conditions through the private and voluntary sectors. Bhanu’s career has permitted contribution to chapters of various books for multi-professional readership as well as publish work related to her rehabilitation role, and to her field of interest – particularly Parkinson’s, and to lecture (inter)nationally. As well as maintaining clinical practice and education at postgraduate level, Bhanu continues to be involved in both national and international strategic projects for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). Her passion is to enhance activity levels in older people and for those with long term conditions and to see the collaborative impact of professionals providing opportunities of physical activity and exercise for a population with multiple, complex health and social care needs. Her recent proud achievements for 2012 include a nomination by members of the classes she leads to run the Olympic Torch through Sheffield earlier this year and winning a prize at the World Congress in Active Ageing for her talk on implementing theory into practice – a presentation about using research to inform content and form of the classes she leads for people affected by Parkinson’s. In the 2016 New Year’s Honours List Bhanu received an OBE and her Doctorate in Professional Studies.