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Through experience in core student placements and NHS band 5 rotations, I will be able to provide a varied skill set and passion that will help to maintain an excellent standard of patient care and strive to improve service provision.
I have gained substantial experience in all of the core rotations as a student and at band 5 level. Having worked in a busy MSK department, i have become proficient in the examination and treatment of post-operative patients, acute injury patients and chronic musculoskeletal impairment. This experience has taught me the importance of conducting a safe and thorough subjective and objective assessment, including red flag questions. I have also learnt to tailor treatment to each individual patient, using a combination of patient education, exercise prescription and manual therapy.
Working on the ITU and surgical wards gave me the opportunity to practice my skills in respiratory physiotherapy. Becoming competent in the use of positioning, manual techniques, suction, ventilator weaning, education and various adjuncts gave me the confidence to conduct comprehensive A to E assessments on ITU and post-surgery patients. Working on-call has prepared me for applying these techniques in a more stressful, unpredictable environment. I believe that continued personal development is imperative when aiming to be the best therapist I can, and attending an airway clearance study day delivered by Breas emphasises my ambition to continue progressing and learning. I have also endeavoured to develop my other areas of clinical practice by attending taping courses. This additional training has allowed me to expand the range of treatments I can provide for my patients.
From treating post-operative patients on a busy orthopaedic rotation to providing rapid assessment and complex discharge planning on a care of the elderly ward, I have been able to effectively implement rehabilitation within an inpatient setting. The acute nature of the orthopaedic ward required me to work within fixed time constraints and see all of my patients on their first-day post operation. A way to overcome this was to prioritise which patients to see, which I was able to do by delegating tasks within the team. Working closely with physiotherapy assistants and conducting joint assessments with occupational therapists enabled me to manage a busy caseload. This allowed me to understand the importance of good time management skills within a ward setting. Participating in rehabilitation for neurological patients with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease as well as stroke rehab in my community placement was a valuable experience. This has empowered me to formulate problem lists and set SMART goals.
Frequently leading handover with nursing staff and contributing to multidisciplinary team meetings has enabled me to gain a better understanding of the roles of different staff within the team. MDT collaboration is important to be able to consult members of the team for analgesia and medication prior to physiotherapy sessions and to feedback clearly and logically any therapy recommendations.
I have demonstrated competent verbal communication skills during my musculoskeletal outpatients and ward-based placements, where I would often be working with patients with language barriers or who were cognitively impaired with dementia. This often resulted in utilising non-verbal skills such as gestures and the use of cues to communicate with more complex patients. Having worked in a diverse, multicultural city such as London I have experienced the necessity to work with family members and interpreters to achieve effective patient communication.
Incorporating new research into my clinical work is an aspect that is important to me as it enables me to consistently improve the care I provide for my patients. In my orthopaedic rotation, I completed a department project that involved predicting discharge time for hip fracture patients based on their pre-fract