World Physiotherapy Day 2020
8 September is World Physiotherapy Day; an opportunity for physiotherapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.
We’re highlighting the stories of three of our newer physiotherapists who are talking about their experience of the pandemic in their own words…
Joined the Trust in June as an MSK outpatient physiotherapist, and was immediately re-deployed to cover wards as part of the covid-19 pandemic response.
“Starting with a new Trust and new job can daunting with the addition of it being during a global pandemic.
“When I started I was redeployed to work on the medical wards. My initial fears of getting used to new setting were put to rest as I felt so welcomed and supported by the MSK and acute therapy team. Seeing MSK staff that have been redeployed and adapted to work in acute settings was reassuring.
“One of the biggest changes for me has been how the MSK service is tailored to provide a service virtually through video and telephone consultations, and I have had to adapt my ways of assessment. Alongside this, working on the medical wards has made me think on my feet more and appreciate even more the hard work that goes into ensuring patients’ safe discharge home.
“During this difficult time it has been positive to see how physiotherapists have worked outside their normal settings to help continue delivering services. I have found this a challenging time as well as being a valuable learning experience where I have developed and learnt new skills I am going to take forward as a physiotherapist.”