I completed my BSc (Hon) Physiotherapy at UEA in 2003. After this I started as a junior physiotherapist at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. During my junior years I worked in a number of different settings including outpatient elderly care, surgery & ITU, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal outpatients. It was during my time in musculoskeletal outpatients that cemented my desire to pursue this area as a static post. In 2005 I achieved promotion to a senior physiotherapist in musculoskeletal outpatients and orthopaedics. After 2 years gaining valuable experience of both elective and traumatic orthopaedics I chose to further specialise and concentrate solely on musculoskeletal outpatients, joining Suffolk Community Healthcare as a Senior Physiotherapist. During this time I also worked for a local private practice, gaining experience in the treatment of a number sporting conditions.
In 2008 I began studying a post graduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Assessment and Management at UEA, achieving this qualification in 2009. It was during this time I developed skills in critical appraisal and evidence based practice.
In 2010 I became an Associate Lecturer Practitioner at UEA, Faculty of Health teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, this is a post I continue to perform and enjoy.
In 2012 I became Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for the Ipswich area, overseeing the day to day management of the team and being responsible for the team providing safe and effective care, whilst also maintaining a large clinical caseload. Over time my clinical case load has lessened and become more specialist, whilst my role in clinical leadership has grown, with the job evolving to be Clinical & Operational Lead Physiotherapist for Ipswich.
In 2013 I became a member of East of England NHS Clinical Senate which is an advisory body to NHS service, this is a role I really enjoy as it allows me to seek, offer and share clinical leadership and service development ideas and contribute to health in a more global sense.
Clinically I have a keen interest in tendon pathology, chronic pain & pain sciences, whilst non clinically I in interested creating a culture of enquiry and learning.
The advice I would give to people seeking to follow a similar career path is:
1) Enjoy what you do, have fun! Then everything is easy!
2) Question everything – in a positive way, listen to others opinions, but make your own (informed) mind up!
3) Where possible create a strong support network – in leadership you are only as strong as your team !Surround yourself with positive people who have a ‘can do attitude’