Highly Specialised Neuro Physiotherapist, joined the Trust in 2004
What is your role?
I am a highly specialised physiotherapist at the Wolfson Neurorehabiliation Centre, which is part of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working in neurorehabilitation. I work as part of a team of physiotherapists and technicians treating patients with a variety of neurological disorders; conditions to the nervous system resulting in physical or psychological disabilities.
I also run the orthotics clinic at the Wolfson in conjunction with an orthotist, which is a regional service for outpatients. We assess people with neurological conditions for orthotics, which are external appliances for the foot or leg to help improve people’s walking and their independence.
What does a typical working day look like?
My day follows a fairly regular pattern, with patients timetabled in for hourly treatment sessions. These usually occur in the physiotherapy gym but may occur in the patient’s living area if their mobility or function needs to be reviewed, or sometimes outside to assess their walking outdoors and ability to access public transport etc.
The day frequently involves goal-planning meetings. These are fortnightly meetings where the treating team, the patient and their family meet to discuss the patient’s progress towards their goals, raise any issues and plan for a smooth discharge.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I really enjoy working with people and watching their progression and achievement of their goals, with hopefully an improvement in their function and quality of life.
What level of patient contact do you have in your role?
I have a high level of patient contact in my role, with a caseload of patients that are treated daily.
What other members of the healthcare team do you work with?
I work closely with occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, doctors, psychologists and social workers.
What do you like about working for the Trust?
I like working as part of a close-knit team with input from so many different disciplines. It’s also nice to give specific and intensive rehabilitation to individual patients to progress their functional ability and independence.
Why did you join the NHS?
I joined the NHS because I felt that the provision of acute and rehabilitative services, free and at the point of need is a great ideal.