About José

José Marcelino MSc MCSP FSOM HPC

I graduated in 1984 from the prestigious Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão, Estoril, Portugal, and was inspired by one of my teachers, Professora Isabel Rasgado to follow in her steps. She had trained in the United States and like her, I felt the urge to experience new places, meet new people as well as to learn different approaches. Hence, from very early days in my professional journey, I was privileged to be trained by eminent physiotherapists such as Robin Blake, Robin McKenzie and Stephanie Saunders. Stephanie became instrumental in consolidating the foundations of my professional development as a Manual Therapist.

In 1985 I became a staff Physiotherapist at Hospital Universitário de Sta Maria, Lisbon, Portugal and in 1989 moved to London to start my career as a Senior Physiotherapist at the University College Hospitals. I was given the opportunity to carry out a research project in cardiac rehabilitation, which was funded by University College of London, the British Heart Foundation and Marks and Spencer. During this period I also studied for a Master’s degree.

My training as a Manual Therapist continued and in 1991 I achieved a Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine with the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine and have been lecturing on the principles developed by Dr. James Cyriax, since then.

Having completed my research, in 1994, I joined the Lister Hospital Physiotherapy department in Chelsea and became the Head Physiotherapist from 1998 until 2004, where I made new friends, worked with amazing people and as a department leader, I was able to inspire some colleagues.
The changes in the NHS gave me a new opportunity. I was appointed the Team Leader of four Extended Scope Practitioners in Orthopaedics at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. There I worked alongside the Orthopaedic medical team on a consultancy basis, managing and treating complex musculoskeletal patients until I left in 2009. This experience constantly challenged my knowledge and ability to understand the complexity of the human body and enhanced my assessment and diagnostic skills.

Currently I am a full time private practitioner in central London and a senior lecturer with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine, lecturing extensively in England and abroad.

In my spare time one of my passions is travelling, seeing new places, meeting new people and learning more about their culture and in particularly about local food. I am also passionate about classical music and a picnic at Glyndebourne during the UK summer cannot be surpassed. To keep the balance right between the body and the mind, I am a keen runner, and have completed the London and New York marathons, raising thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation and The Haven.