Grant Plumbley MHlthSc, BPhEd, DipPhys

Physiotherapist – Occupational Health
Willis Street Physiotherapy
Wellington Region


Grant is a very experienced clinical physiotherapist, and since 2007 has co-owned a private practice in Wellington.  He became Clinical Governance Manager in 2015. Grant is also the Clinical Director of our EPN contract, completing notes audits and complex Claim Reviews for our team of 20 physiotherapists and acting as a liaison point to ACC. In addition, he assists the team in meeting the clinical and administration standards required by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and ACC, and also to enable HDANZ accreditation. As well as his own clinical list; Grant ensures we have evidence informed and acceptable care pathways, contributes to our ongoing CPD program, provides 2nd opinions and mentoring, completes research, assists with the preparation of tenders, investigates complaints, writes policies and procedures, and is driven towards developing well-rounded physiotherapists and satisfied patients.  Grant is also a member of physiotherapists called upon by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand to sit on Professional Conduct Committees.

Grant is aware of ACC legislation, the variety of fully funded contracts (such as VRS, Pain, Concussion, and TI), corporate health, high performance sport, and the primary care sector.

Grant has an MHlthSc (Massey), BPhEd (Otago), and DipPhys (Otago), and worked at Wellington Hospital in the early '90s before joining the multi-disciplinary team at the Wellington Sports Medicine Clinic, prior to heading to the UK in 1994.

Over his 13 years there he gained extensive experience as a physiotherapist in the performance, sports, and corporate health sectors;

  • on-site at Shell International and Shell UK.
  • touring the world with Riverdance - The Show from 1997 to 1999.
  • at BUPA Wellness Musculoskeletal Centre of Excellence in the City of London from 1999 to 2005, working alongside specialist sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, podiatrists, musculoskeletal radiologists and surgeons.
  • working on-site at Nomura Holdings, and Morgan Stanley.
  • working as National Physiotherapy Manager in 2004 - 2005, with clinical responsibility for a team of 30 physiotherapists. 
  • as a physiotherapist at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in 2005, experiencing Barclay Premier League and Reserve League, as well as Champions League football.
  • looking after the 2000 Olympic Heavyweight boxing champion Audley Harrison, from 2000 and into his professional career until 2007.

After completing his Masters he became passionate regarding the promotion of the real world efficacy of physiotherapy. Campaigning for better evidence informed care, and a subtle movement away from the over-reliance on randomised controlled trials, which he argues have not been methodologically suited to testing the efficacy of physiotherapy.  Grant wishes to see a move towards research around pragmatic clinical outcomes, using mixed method research designs involving patient centered qualitative and objective measures of clinical effectiveness.

Grant is also an advocate for greater utilisation of the private allied health sector by the District Health Boards and Primary Health Organisations. Although controversial, this will deliver more equitable health outcomes, a shared goal with the Ministry of Health.

Grant was also invited and represents the community allied health sector within the clinical council of the CCDHB, and was elected onto the BoT of the local primary school. 

HASANZ Registered
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand - (Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group)
  • 1. Physiotherapy New Zealand
    2. Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group
    3. Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand
    4. Physiotherapy Board of NZ
    5. The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand
    6. New Zealand School Trustee
  • Diploma Physiotherapy (DipPhys) (Otago)
    Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) (Otago)
    Master of Health Science (MHlthSc) (Massey)
My Skills and Experience

Postal address

Manners Street, PO Box 11351
Wellington CBD
Wellington City 6142

Street address

Level 9 Crowe Horwath House
57 Willis Street
Wellington CBD
Wellington City 6011