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Jack, Physiotherapist

What is your current role and what does it involve?

I am a Band 5 physiotherapist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and rotate between different units, which gives me a very varied caseload. I may be assessing mobility aids, supporting patients with neurological symptoms, providing musculoskeletal treatments or advising patients with respiratory problems. I currently work on the haematology and oncology wards and bone marrow unit.

Why did you choose to do the job you do now?

I trained locally and qualified in 2015. During my training I had student placements in all three Leicester hospitals and was attracted to the rotational posts available here. I felt the wide range of clinical experience would help me develop my skills as a physiotherapist and progress my career.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The variety I get in my role is very exciting. I see a range of conditions and a diverse selection of people. Seeing those get better is extremely rewarding and something which I believe is unique to healthcare. I really enjoy working with a big multi-disciplinary team of professionals, all with knowledge I can learn from.

What training have you had and how has your career progressed?

I gained a BSc(Hons) degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Leicester and have received extensive mandatory training since starting work within the Trust.

There is ongoing in-house training in the form of multi-disciplinary meetings, educational talks by different clinicians, and study days, which are helping me further develop my skills in palliative care. My interest in research and development has been encouraged and I have started audits and evaluations aimed at improving our services.

What motivates you most about working at Leicester’s Hospitals?

This Trust is forward looking and constantly striving to improve and develop the services offered so that patient care is also improved.

With such a wide range of clinical rotations available across the three hospital sites, there are many exciting opportunities for clinical and personal development and I hope to make the most of these.

What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area?

I attended university in Leicester and have stayed in the city not just because of work but because of the brilliant city itself. I have recently purchased my first home and plan to be here for many years to come.

The high level of quality sport in the city was a big selling point to me: Leicester City football team won the premier league in 2015/16, and the city is home to the Leicester Tigers rugby and Leicester Riders basketball teams.

The multi-cultural society in a city that features brilliant history, entertainment and night-life is something which I would recommend to everyone.

What would you say to people thinking about joining Leicester’s Hospitals?

If you are looking to join a dynamic, friendly, and exciting Trust that can help you to develop as a clinician, then UHL is one you should consider.

Read more about physiotherapy roles at Leicester’s Hospitals.

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