Grant Syme

International Keynote Speaker, Emergency Department

Physiotherapy Consultant, National Health Service, Scotland

    Grant Syme (PhD, MBA, MSc, BSc (Hons), BSc, FCSP) is a Physiotherapy Consultant, currently working for the National Health Service (NHS) in Fife, Scotland. Following his appointment in 2008, Grant became one of the first musculoskeletal consultant physiotherapists in Scotland, and has now been qualified for 30 years.

    Before joining the NHS in his current role, Grant spent 10 years working in an orthopaedic extended role in Edinburgh.  He has also worked in sport and occupational health, including as a part-time physiotherapist with the Scottish Rugby Union.  He is also the current Honorary President of the United Kingdom (UK) Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Network.

    Grant is the lead author of two editions of the UK Resource Manual for Extended Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Roles and of the Scottish Government’s Allied Health Professional Musculoskeletal Pathway Minimum Standards.  In 2015, he was awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, predominately related to enhancing the national Advanced Practice Physiotherapy profile.  He completed a PhD in Physiotherapy in 2007 and a MBA in 2016.  In 2019, he qualified as an independent prescriber.

    Grant’s current research interests are leadership, rehabilitation and the use of advanced communication skills and personal outcomes as a catalyst for physiotherapy service redesign.