A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham and started working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (QEHB) in 1995. I also worked in a simultaneous role in sport with England Netball at this time. From here I progressed on to a Clinical Specialist role and undertook an MSc in Advancing Practice (Specialist Manipulative Physiotherapy) in 2003 part-time. This supported my work within sport, and advanced my skills to progress on to a Consultant position at the QEHB.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I use advanced clinical skills in assessment and management for what are often complex patient cases which have already been seen by multiple practitioners. My MSc assisted me in refining clinical skills, and in developing clinical reasoning for complex cases.

Main work activities in your current role

My role at the QEHB involves clinical delivery as a first contact practitioner within the clinic. In the work I do as a Physiotherapist with GB and England Hockey I am responsible for the coordination and delivery of physio services.

A typical day in your job

A typical day in the NHS involves assessing patients in a clinical environment. It also involves formulating management plans for a variety of patients who are aiming to return to sport, performing arts, or manual work. In the NHS clinic we often treat large numbers of dancers, as we have a working partnership with the National Institute of Dance Medicine (NIDMS). There’s no such thing as a typical day in hockey. The role involves a lot of travel, or working from within the medical suite at Bisham Abbey.

Main challenges in your role

It can be a difficulty to manage time constraints in busy clinical areas.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

The combination of working in hockey and the variety provided by working in the NHS complement each other and let me maintain clinical diversity.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

I absolutely recommend my roles!