Ellie began working for the National Health Service in 1977. Her nursing experience within the hospital environment included medical, surgical and coronary care. Following several years within a specialist cardiac unit (CCU), she undertook a career change to community nursing in 1988. Ellie was appointed District Nursing Sister in 1994 and obtained her Specialist Practitioner qualification in 1997, beginning as a Community Practice Teacher in 1998.
Ellie conceived and introduced an innovative, social Leg Club model for lower limb management in the community in 1995, and has since disseminated the concept worldwide. She left the NHS to become an independent specialist practitioner and clinical consultant in December 2002. In January 2003, she was appointed Associate Lecturer (CRICP, Thames Valley University, London) and in December 2003 Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology. Ellie established The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, a registered charity, in September 2005.