Since qualifying as a physiotherapist five years ago, I have pursued my dream career within the NHS with great enthusiasm.
My career started as a junior physiotherapist, where I gained important experience in the many different specialities of physiotherapy whilst working in a large teaching hospital.
I quickly secured a more senior position where I started to develop my passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy. With NHS funding, I undertook postgraduate study and, as my knowledge and experience grew, opportunities to progress within the NHS became more readily available for me.
Earlier this year I was able to secure a physiotherapy team leader role at a community hospital. Now I enjoy the challenges of managing a small physiotherapy team, providing both inpatient and outpatient services for the local area. The work is varied and extremely rewarding.
I feel very lucky to have had such variety in my work so far and to have reached the level of responsibility that I have within my profession. My ambition is to progress further in the NHS in the future. Opportunities for development are almost limitless as there will always be new courses to go on or new research evidence to change the way you work.
Physiotherapy is an evolving profession which never stands still. That is why I believe that being a physiotherapist in the NHS isn't just a job, it's a career for life.