Here goes nothing, my first blog, about me – simple.
After what seemed like forever, I finally graduated in 2011 and have been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Chartered Physiotherapist since. Initially, I worked in occupational health, but this only lasted 3 months. This was not where I saw myself and when I successfully applied for a post in a community interest company which provides MSK service to the NHS I took it. Within this organisation, I worked my way up from band 5 to 6 and am now the centre lead physiotherapist at their biggest clinic, responsible for the operations of the clinic and quality of the service provided. I love working within the NHS with a huge variety of clients with different goals, all just as important but so different nonetheless. I really feel that I am lucky to have found a job that I enjoy and do not get that Sunday night feeling.
While working with this organisation I have been very lucky to be able to attend course and conferences led by some of the most influential and knowledgeable people in healthcare, and feel extremely privileged to be able to do so – learning from the masters. I have also been able to engage in other posts while working in this organisation. I spent 2 years working at Ipswich Town F.C, as a physiotherapist for their academy players. I went back as a lecturer at Writtle College, teaching the modules that inspired me for 3 years to the students; and have worked in private practice too. In addition to these experiences, I have also been able to complete a PGCert at Essex University in Musculoskeletal Imaging (ultrasound). Looking back, I have done a lot since 2011!
Outside of work I have always been interested in and played football until about a year ago when I stopped this in order to train and complete my first triathlon. I loved it and would encourage anyone to try it out. I love the variety in the training and feeling of hitting training goals. I never really understood the appeal of endurance sports, but I get it now.
My experience of working in sport both as a coach and physio, my previous degree in sport and exercise performance and physiotherapy degree gives me a good understanding of exercise prescription and rehabilitation, but also an appreciation of the importance of getting back to previous activity levels as quickly as possible. I have a strong belief that clients should receive an honest and quality service from a physiotherapist, and that the core of getting better is rehabilitation, not fancy machines! These beliefs are what led me to start Reflex-18. Your body is an incredible machine like no other and my job is to help you keep using that machine to the level you require………………………………………….. and I love it!