We interviewed Michelle from Stoke Poges about her experience with us as a Senior Physiotherapist. She gives us some excellent insight into her role and how we support her work life balance.
‘I’ve been working part time at Nuffield Health for just over 4 years.
I was attracted to start my first job at NH due to their flexible working arrangements. I was a new mum coming back to work and I really valued the opportunity to get back to work but at the same time balance this with my new family life. I heard about the role through a friend.’
Have you had any other roles here and if so what has been your career path?
‘Post physiotherapy qualification I completed my band 5 rotations within the NHS and then moved on to a senior position within a different NHS trust. I then went on MAT leave and joined NH shortly after returning to work.’
Tell us about a typical day in your job?
‘As I work part time, my days do vary. I work a longer day on a Monday, 11.30-9pm and shorter day’s wed-Friday, 9am-3.30. This allows me to be able to drop my daughter at school and pick her up 4 out of 5 days a week. I work as an outpatient MSK physiotherapist and manage a busy caseload. My day is comprised mainly of treating new and follow up patients with varying conditions, anything from a sprained ankle to post-operative ACL rehabilitation. Because I work in a fitness and well-being centre I have the luxury of having a fully equipped gym and swimming pool to utilise if appropriate with my patients. My caseload is extremely varied; I treat from the age of 8 years upwards. This variation ensures I am constantly challenged and stimulated and really makes the job worthwhile. Whilst I do see a wide range of conditions, I especially like to treat the lower limb and shoulder. I have a broad sporting background, I have completed marathons, triathlons and competing in various racket and team sports, I am also a keen skier. This breadth of sporting experience gives me that added insight and ability to relate to the patients when treating sports related injuries.’
What does being a Physiotherapist mean to you?
‘I got into physiotherapy mainly due to my love and fascination of anatomy and physiology, also being someone who was passionate about being active, it seemed a natural choice. Perhaps the best part of being a physiotherapist though is being able to help patients on their journey back to fitness and achieving their personal goals.’
For someone looking to be a Physiotherapist do you have any advice or top tips?
‘In order to be successful as a physiotherapist you need to have a love of learning. In order to deliver evidence based practice it is crucial that you keep up to date with current literature and evidence base. You also need to have great interpersonal skills. It is crucial that you are able to listen and understand the patient’s needs, so you can effectively deliver an individual treatment plan.’
What do you enjoy the most about working for Nuffield Health?
‘NH does value ongoing education for its Physio team and via the physio Academy offers an extensive in house training programme. NH also provides a personal annual budget to be spent on external courses. As physios we are also encouraged to share best practice / knowledge, meeting regularly at proximity meetings helps us to do this.’
The professional and personal wellbeing of our staff is important to us, how do you benefit from a work life balance with us?
‘NH has been very flexible with my part time working arrangements, which has enabled to achieve a healthy work life balance.’
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