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I have always had a keen interest in the human body and how it works. Throughout my career I have focused on developing my skills and knowledge, based on the human body and physical rehabilitation. I have studied a variety of courses and hold the following qualifications related to health and rehabilitation.
* Physiotherapist BSc (Hons) MCSP
* VTCT Diploma in Sports Therapy
* VTCT Diploma in Holistic Therapy
I started to develop my skills and knowledge at College, where I studied a variety of courses, including:
* Sports Therapy
* Holistic Therapy
* Swedish Body Massage
* Anatomy and Physiology
* Basic Sport Nutrition
The college at which I studied was run as a commercial business and placed great importance on the development of workplace skills and communication abilities. Here I developed a great deal of experience working with genuine clients in both a sports and clinical environment and contributed to the daily running of the clinic. I feel that this provided me with the strong foundation of communication and assessment skills which I have continued to work on at every opportunity presented to me.
My experiences at college and when doing voluntary work have encouraged me to develop my knowledge further and start a career within the rehabilitation and health care profession. This led me to explore a career in Physiotherapy, and I have no regrets.
My time at the University of Cumbria studying a Bachelors of Sciences Physiotherapy Degree allowed me to progress my knowledge and skills to the next level. Within the three years at university my theoretical and practical competence expanded and matured significantly.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at University and found the course inspiring and extremely worthwhile. Over the course of three years I accumulated over 1000 clinical hours of practice. The clinic areas I experienced are listed below.
* First Year - Musculoskeletal - 5 weeks (2010)
* Second Year (1) - Neurology and adult rehabilitation - 6 weeks (2011)
* Second Year (2) - Respiratory - 6 weeks (2011)
* Third Year (1) - Paediatrics - 6 weeks (2011)
* Third Year (2) - Musculoskeletal 6 weeks (2011)
* Third Year Final Elective Placement – Orthopaedics 3 weeks (2012)
Alongside my University placements I also carried out voluntary work to help build upon my knowledge and experiences. I was a member of Athletes Angles, where I have volunteered as a Sports therapist, Physiotherapy student and did continue to volunteer as a qualified Physiotherapist. This allowed me to work at event such as Oxfam Trail Trekker and BUPA Great North Run, where I have provided Sports massage and advice to athletes regarding injury management.
During my second year university summer holiday I independently organised a trip to America, where I was able to shadow a Physical Therapist carrying out Hippotherapy with children. This was a fantastic experience which allowed me to see therapy carried out in a non clinical setting and gave me the opportunity to experience a different form of therapy where they used horses to aid the rehabilitation of children with disabilities. I then completed my dissertation around this subject and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Upon graduating from the University of Cumbria with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy, I was keen to start my career. Due to the limited jobs within the NHS at that time I applied for a locum Physiotherapy job on the new graduate scheme. This allowed me to start my first qualified Band 5 rotational position within East Lancashire Hospital Trust. I soon applied for a permanent job within the trust and was offered a permanent position.
My first Band 5 rotation was within an MSK Outpatient setting where I worked for thirteen months. I then rotated to medical wards for 7 months and then into a community setting for 5 months. I have since returned to the MSK setting as this is where my main interests lie.
Alongside working within the NHS I have also started building up a private practice. I now split my work between NHS and private practice.
I have experience of working for three different NHS trust over my career. I currently work for Morecabme Bay hospital trust as well as working within my own private clinic.
I am a Senior Physiotherapist and worked a 6 month secondment setting up a new service in South Cumbria for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. This role was part of the "Better Care Together Scheme" which involved me working towards a position as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP physiotherapist). This role allowed me to work closely with consultants, provided steroid intra-articular joint injections and also order appropriate investigations such as MRIs, X-rays and scans. Unfortunately, due to spell of ill health and being diagnosed with Crohn's I decided to step down from this position and may consider returning to it later in life.
I previously committed my weekends to the 2015-2016-2017 rugby season treating and providing pitch side first aid for North Ribblesdale Rugby Club. However, due to my increasing work load I have now passed this on to a suitable therapist, but still happily provided advice when required.
I am always keen to progress my skills and knowledge and regularly take part in courses. I have completed an Acupuncture course and I have also completed my steroid injection masters module at UCLAN university.
More recent course I have attended include....
- Blood results interpreting
- Pain and Pharmacology
- CSP communication day
- NHS manual Handling Champion
- NHS Hand Hygiene Champion
In the future I am looking into attending a cognitive behavioural therapy course and further study into pain management.