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Dimitrios Sampanis

mHCPC, mCSP, MSc, PhD, mAACP, mACPIN

Case Manager


Based in: London
Clients: London and around the Hertfordshire and South East areas

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of Athens, Greece (2004)
  • MSc in Advancing Practice, University of Birmingham, UK (2010)
  • PhD in Stroke Rehabilitation, University of Birmingham, UK (2014)
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Member of Advanced Practice Physiotherapists
  • Member of Health Professional Council
  • Lokomat, Saebo, Adago by Hocoma user and trainer
  • Bioness FES user and trainer
  • Basic Bobath course by BBTA (2015)
  • Tracheostomy care and management (2018)
  • Injection Therapy (Neurology) 10-week course accompanied by six-month mentored practice in spasticity management (2016)
  • Director of the Physiotherapy Programme at St Mary’s University
  • Saebo trained
  • Leadership Development Programme (10 months course) via CSP

EXPERIENCE

Dimitrios graduated from the University of Athens, School of Physiotherapy with distinction in 2004. He became Head of Physiotherapy in a private neurorehabilitation unit in the south east as a highly specialist neuro physiotherapist prior to working with private clients and taking up case management and expert witness work.

Dimitrios works with clients with moderate to severe neurological disability and maintains his specialist skills by working in intensive care and neurosurgery units across London. He has been actively involved and led the creation of care pathways for stroke and spinal cord injury patients as well as for amputees.

 Dimitrios has completed Community Case Management Services’ comprehensive training course to include the understanding of the litigation process, and the role and importance of the case manager within this in order to ensure evidence based therapeutic intervention and measurable outcomes.

As part of his role as case manager Dimitrios is involved in active supervision and competencies of support workers/rehabilitation assistants/personal assistants and buddies.

Dimitrios has experience of working with clients who have suffered:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Amputees
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness
  • Tracheostomy
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Neuropathies, Dystrophies

 

Throughout his professional career, Dimitrios has been actively involved in interdisciplinary units and he has a deep understanding of the importance of different members of the rehabilitation team, and how vital it is that they are able to communicate effectively. Dimitrios is highly specialised in the construction of rehabilitation programmes for his clients under an interdisciplinary approach for a different setting of clients. He will complete a holistic assessment of the client’s needs and personally manage their rehabilitation journey, by setting realistic, effective and time specific goals that will be measurable and make a positive change on his client’s quality of life.

 Dimitrios always updates his client’s goals in parallel with the most up to date technology in rehabilitation. He is able to ensure that his clients will receive the best possible care through meticulous planning and management of expected and unexpected needs. He has no difficulties with developing good and effective working relationships with all the members of the treating team and also with the client and family, whilst always ensuring to respect privacy and confidentiality.

Dimitrios is able to work with tracheostomy clients and those with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) and efficiently create a treatment and disability management long term plan that will be updated in parallel with latest research.

Dimitrios has a keen interest in stroke rehabilitation and especially gait and upper limb rehabilitation, which was part of his PhD research.

Before he returned to clinical practice, he also managed to successfully finish a postdoctoral research project at the prestigious Oxford University, which reveals his passion for research and cutting-edge technology. He currently serves as director of the Physiotherapy Programme at St Mary’s University, supervising and managing the programme.

Dimitrios is able to speak several languages including Greek, English and some German

 

PERSONAL PROFILE

Dimitrios is married with currently one young child who he keeps him happy and joyful. Dimitrios believes that a balance between personal and professional life is the most important factor of happiness in life and he always seeks to spend time with his family. Dimitrios enjoys running in parks and going to the gym. He has currently run three marathons so far including in Athens and in Paris. It is also important for Dimitrios to spend time with friends and his social life is always very busy.

Dimitrios was raised in Greece and he lives in UK the last 10 years and he is a strong advocate of making people better, achieving their goal and succeeding in returning back to leisure activities such as holidays abroad. Dimitrios is humbled to see improvement in his clients and for them taking the opportunity to gain back their independence as much as possible.