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The Health Shack Team

Health Shack have an experienced team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and trainers who will carry out a thorough assessment of your condition, including any medical stipulations from your doctor, and then formulate a customised exercise plan designed to precisely match your requirements and objectives.

The team will then give comprehensive pre-exercise training and advice followed by supervision, monitoring and encouragement during the exercise periods. Client progress will be logged and recorded to check actual achievement against plan. The plan can then be adapted and refined as the client progresses through the exercise programme.

Annette Purves
Specialist Occupational Therapist & Managing Director of Health ShackAnnette Purves

Annette is the founder and MD of Health Shack. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 and for the last 14 years has worked in neurology, cardiac rehabilitation, learning disabilities, forensics, acute and organic mental health wards, and finally specialising in dementia and older peoples’ services.

In 2014 Annette was awarded the Medipex Best NHS Innovation award for the Visual Memory Assessment Tool (VMAT) for Yorkshire & Humber region and was nominated by NHS England in 2015. Annette’s aim is to offer “everyone the ability to exercise”. Health Shack is taking a very medical & rehabilitative approach to facilitate those who would normally feel they had nowhere to go to achieve their goals, both physically and mentally.

Linda Baker
Community Staff NurseLinda Baker

Linda has ten years’ experience working within the nursing profession, initially studying and working as a Student Nurse on placements in Huddersfield, Bradford and Airedale, before gaining an Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing studies from Bradford University.

After qualifying as a Staff Nurse, Linda then worked on a medical/respiratory ward at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care of patients suffering a wide range of respiratory and medical conditions. In particular, she has experience of nursing patients suffering acute and chronic asthma, COPD and all types of cancer.

More recently she worked as an NHS Community Staff Nurse covering the Huddersfield district.  The main areas of her community nursing experience involved injections for diabetes, wound care, removal of sutures, IV transfusions for pain relief of cancer patients, vaccinations and general nursing care of all adult community patients.

Danielle Hampson
Trainee Manager/ Assistant PractitionerDanielle Hampson

Danielle has an extensive background in retail and management, namely the optical industry. Danielle has also completed an aromatherapy diploma, she is first aid trained and has also completed her CPR training. She has a keen interest in Health and fitness herself but enjoys helping other people reach their goals. Danielle has taken a new career path and is currently studying Health and Social Care with the view to completing her course as an Assistant Practitioner. Danielle currently works to support clients attending Health Shack her role is to assesses capability, to design a suitable programme providing encouragement to achieve client centred goals.

Danielle follows the company’s ethic which is to empower people of any age with any disability to be able to exercise.

Shelley Martin
Health Shack ConsultantShelley Martin

Shelley qualified as a teacher of English and Sport at Newcastle University and has taught in a variety of educational settings for 38 years, including secondary school and the 16-19 sector. As a senior manager for Specialist Support in a large college, she built up extensive experience in medical, Special Needs and Disability support, and has a very proactive approach to identification of need, target setting and attainment of personal goals. This has involved working with people with a wide variety of health and other issues.

Shelley has long experience of working with people, managing individuals and teams and working in one-to-one and team situations. She has had extensive training in mental health support, Equality and Diversity, Inclusion, Safeguarding and counselling and works effectively with each individual to identify his or her requirements and work towards better health and wellbeing.

Services & Treatments

General Fitness
Rehabilitation and Medical
Ongoing Physical Conditions
Mental Wellbeing
Weight Inch-Loss
Better Social Life