BSc Sports Science MSc Physiotherapy (pre-reg)
I have always had a passion for sport. So much so that I thought that getting a degree in the topic was a sure way to go, and I loved every minute of it! I played a lot of sport and as a result suffered a few injuries along the road, allowing me some first hand experience of receiving physiotherapy treatment.
I knew then that this was a career I would like to pursue, and off I went to get some experience before signing on the dotted line. I worked as a physiotherapy assistant in a chronic head injury unit. This was one of the hardest jobs I have ever done. It was an emotional journey sharing in some of peoples darkest times and I wondered if I was going to be cut out for it. Then I started to really get to know my patients and I got to share in their progress and to see them make positive steps forward and I realised there was no more rewarding feeling than knowing that I had helped them get there. So off to Physio school I went (I’m sure my parents were thrilled to hear I wanted to go back to university a second time!).
Once qualified I worked for several years in the NHS across a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient settings, and finally specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients. I loved working as part of a big team, and thoroughly enjoyed the varied experience I gained within the NHS. Most recently I have developed my skills by training as a Pilates instructor. I have found this is the perfect adjunct to physio, allowing me to take a patient from acute injury, all the way through their rehab, and and back to full function. And in addition…. I really enjoy teaching it!
Two things I love about Physio; the learning never stops, and I love working with people. I truly believe that you’ve won half the battle on a persons road to recovery if you can build a great rapport with them. Listening, and hearing what the individual wants to achieve and then guiding them in taking the necessary steps to achieving their aims is hugely rewarding.