Mega, Physiotherapist

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Why did you want to become a physiotherapist?

From a very young age I knew I wanted to help people and make a positive difference to people’s lives, and that in a nutshell is the role of a Physiotherapist. Working in partnership with individuals and guiding their specific rehabilitation to allow them to achieve their goals provides immense job satisfaction. 

Physiotherapy is such a broad and diverse profession, with lots of different areas to experience and specialise in, ranging from working in a critical care setting to a community neuro rehab setting, and everything in between!

The holistic principles of Physiotherapy, using exercise & education to promote independence, restore function & movement and achieve patient centred care really appealed to me and as a result I am now in a very rewarding role. 

Why did you want to join the NHS?

The NHS is the foundation of our health care system and I feel privileged to be a member of the wider NHS team. As a recently graduated Physiotherapist, I am in a rotational role which means I move every 4 months across specialities, this enables me to really expand my breadth of knowledge. I wouldn’t be able to get this experience anywhere else! Alongside, increasing my theoretical knowledge and practice, the NHS provides me with the opportunity to learn from colleagues in different professions which all contributes towards the holistic care I provide to our patients.

What does your role involve?

As I mentioned previously, I have the opportunity to rotate around a variety of areas and wards. Currently I am rotated into the Outpatients Musculoskeletal Department, for me this means I see patients who have had an injury to their musculoskeletal system, this could be in the form of a fracture, muscle/ligament injuries or have had a joint replacement surgery. My responsibilities are to complete assessments, evaluation, and diagnosis and treatment using tools of exercise prescription, patient education and health promotion to help regain movement, strength, function and in turn achieve independence. I also run targeted exercise classes to achieve the things I mentioned previously in a group format.

How has Covid-19 impacted on your role?

During the first lockdown, I was deployed from my rotation in orthopaedics to working in critical care as a respiratory physiotherapist alongside helping acute medical wards. This was very challenging as this was my first experience after graduation with respiratory patients but I was well supported by the respiratory therapist team and my wider colleagues which increased my respiratory competencies and confidence.