My career in the NHS began in 2007 as a therapy assistant working alongside physiotherapists and occupational therapists with neurological patients suffering from either brain injuries or spinal injuries. This experience confirmed my decision to pursue a career as a physiotherapist and so I attended Sheffield Hallam University as a physiotherapy student from 2008 to 2011. During my time as a student I continued to work in the NHS as a therapy assistant however this time working on elective and trauma orthopaedic wards with patients post hip/knee replacements and other bony injuries or complications.
As I left university in 2011 I then started my career as a qualified physiotherapist staying within the NHS rotating around the core areas to gain knowledge and experience with some further experience in more senior roles. In 2014 I had a break for maternity leave, on returning I spent a further 3 years in the NHS working as a senior physiotherapist with frail elderly patients and complex discharges in a newly reformed community hospital where I developed the therapy services provision. I supervised junior, non-qualified staff and physiotherapy students which I really enjoyed and found rewarding.
In September 2018 I joined the Sheffield Hallam University physiotherapy lecturing team where I can continue to teach students and share my knowledge and skills to inspire the future workforce of physio’s. I am also an academic advisor and an admissions tutor giving me the ability to support and mentor students throughout their time at SHU and also to be able to contribute to the complex procedures in recruiting students to the variety of physiotherapy courses available at SHU.