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“I am the clinical lead for Acute Respiratory Physiotherapy Services for the Trust.

“I qualified as a physiotherapist in July 2006 and started working in the NHS in January 2007.  Later that year I got my first permanent job, based at Whitby Hospital, which involved working across two inpatient rehab wards and the community as well as helping to provide the cardiac rehab class.  I continued to do this up until June 2008, which is when I started working in Scarborough Hospital and have done so ever since…my 10th anniversary is coming up this June!

“My job involves the assessment and treatment of people who have problems with their breathing and, or, mobility, which can be caused by conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, pneumonia or following surgery - but also due to severe illness requiring admission to intensive care.  As clinical lead it is my job to develop the acute physiotherapy services right across the Trust.

“The best bit of my job is the patients and how as a physiotherapist I can help facilitate their recovery and improve their function and wellbeing.  Owing to the clinical areas where I work, my patients often present with severe critical illness which can require prolonged periods of time in intensive care and subsequently on the hospital wards.  Getting to see my patients travel along this journey of recovery is such a rewarding part of my job, and knowing that I am helping to make a big difference to my patients gives me great job satisfaction.

“Over the past 12 years I have seen lots of changes in the NHS, both locally and nationally, and it’s not without challenges and problems - but at the heart of everything we do, we always strive to put the needs of our patients first.  This is why I come to work - because ultimately I want to make sure that I can provide the best possible physiotherapy and care to my patients.  On a daily basis I see this first-hand from everyone around me - it is humbling to see the care, compassion and hard work offered, often under very challenging and difficult circumstances.

“I believe passionately in what the NHS stands for.  I feel very proud and privileged to have done my training and subsequently worked in the NHS for the last 12 years.  During this time I have had the opportunity to work with some first class clinicians who have helped to support, mentor, nurture and shape me into the clinician that I am today.  The NHS is a great place to work and a great place to learn and develop.”

29 June 2018

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