Can you tell us about your role and the difference it makes to patient care?
As an Associate Practitioner within the Therapy services my role is varied and I get to meet lots of patients from different backgrounds with a variety of conditions.
My role is to support patients during their journey from hospital in to community settings where they will receive rehabilitation and assessment prior to returning home. I get to help patients achieve their goals through therapeutic and holistic interventions taking in to account their physical, social, and environmental needs.
What attracted you to being a support worker?
I originally started working for the NHS in the catering service and I observed the difference therapists made to a patients care/experience within the hospital and this attracted me to the role. I wanted to make a difference to patients’ lives and felt therapy was the route for me.
How has training and development in your role helped you so far?
Since joining the therapy service I have embarked on the foundation degree to become an Associate Practitioner and have gained a place on the Physiotherapy Apprenticeship. All the training I have had the opportunity to embark on has helped me grow as a person and practitioner and given me the foundation to become a future clinician.