Is your role clinical or non-clinical?
When you were at school, did you want to join the NHS?
I wasn’t sure but I knew I wanted to help people. Around age 10 I wanted to be a Doctor and at 17, I attended a Medlink course and decided that this pathway was not for me and chose Physiotherapy instead, most likely because my mum was a physio.
How did you come to work in the NHS?
I left school with 11 GCSEs, went onto A levels (3 sciences), and then straight into University degree. I started as a junior Physiotherapist, progressed to become a Neuro Physiotherapist and I am now a Clinical Specialise Physiotherapist in Orthopaedics and have been for 17 years.
Briefly explain your job
One day a week I work as a Clinical Physiotherapist working with patients who have broken bones, damaged soft tissues, have infections of joints or need surgery on joints. For three days a week, I work as an operational/project manager co-ordinating and leading on projects to support the Allied Health Professionals workforce development, networking with providers where Allied Health Professional supply and demand is identified.
What do you love about your job?
It is challenging, stimulating and no two days are ever the same. I can see others develop and help to grow both patients and the workforce.
What is challenging about your role?
Time management is often a challenge as I want to do everything at once, but this simply is not possible. Managing the complex patients can also be a challenge, as some cases can be emotionally draining.
Which colleagues support you in your role?
In my clinical role, I am supported by a wide team of professions including Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians, Psychologists, Doctors, Nurses, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Radiographers… the list goes on and on. Without this extensive team, I would not be able to provide the treatment plans to my patients to support them with re-gaining independence and getting home.
What would you say to a young person thinking of joining the NHS?
The environment is constantly evolving and challenging with never a dull day. The patients and teams are inspirational and ensure that each day is fulfilling. There are plenty of opportunities to experience working in new areas and there is endless support to help you to develop in your role.