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Since graduating from the University of the West of England in 2010 with a strong 2.1 in physiotherapy I have had an interesting spectrum of roles. Over the last 18 months I have been in a small independent clinic in the outskirts of Bristol having spent the previous 2 years working in very busy central London clinics and the preceding three years I had the unique opportunity to work abroad in the Alps and Mediterranean gaining valuable professional experience in private practices.
During this time I have developed my manual therapy, exercise prescription and clinical management skills. Furthermore the experiences gave me the chance to enhance my soft skills such as expectation management and communication skills. Also, these opportunities have allowed me to grow both clinically and personally, helping me to develop a good understanding of physiotherapy practice in a private setting.
I am motivated to increase my patient exposure and professional expertise in a number of physical therapy related disciplines. Consequently I have independently sourced professional development to facilitate this. For example I completed the AACP foundation level acupuncture, attended a shoulder study days with leading clinical specialists, Pilates Matwork 1 course in October 2013 and in the May I attended in-service training with Thomas Mitchell, one of 12 Mulligan trainers in the UK. This was a 4-day introduction to Mulligan techniques and, having used these in my clinical practice I am eager to advance my Mulligan techniques further at specific professional courses in the near future.
Over the last few years I have developed effective assessment and treatment methods of acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems in the time-poor city workers as well as ski and water sports resorts. The working environment naturally led to additional time pressures for facilitating return to normal activities of daily living and sport for the holiday makers therefore developing my ability to make early diagnosis and effective timely intervention was imperative. Similarly I have become adept at providing clear information regarding the injury and the possible implications of continuing immediate sporting participation to allow the patient to make an informed decision about returning to the activity. In the resorts this included me going above and beyond the clinical role, taking extra time to run a back to sport session, likewise in the London clinics within gyms I would observe and report back to the patient about their skill level of the sport and their specific injury.
While working in these busy practices time management is of paramount importance. This skill extends to not only ensuring that sessions run to time but the time considerations of notes, insurance report writing, GP letters and workplace recommendations. As well as the balance of financial restriction of self-paying and insurance patients when evaluation number of sessions used and onward referral.
I am regularly praised on my confident and empathetic nature with patients and have learnt to excel at using this to quickly build a strong rapport with them. In turn I use this to motivate my patients to adhere to the treatment plans I proscribe between treatment sessions. Then, through reassessment and reflective practice I’m able to analyse the efficacy of treatment plans so I can progress and modify interventions to maximise outcomes.
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Last Updated: 12-Oct-2017
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