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After graduating from university last summer and spending a lengthy period travelling South and Central America, I have now begun my first post as a physiotherapist- working for Physio.co.uk which is a Manchester-based private practice.

What’s it been like?

Ace! Really good. I really like the feel of the place and everybody is just ‘sound’.

All the different clinics have the same type of set-up, with the emphasis placed on having well-stocked treatment rooms with the best equipment possible to work with. There has been tons of support and you feel like it’s a great environment to learn in.

The first 2 weeks were observation-based which I quite liked as there was an opportunity to see how a range of different therapists worked, helping me get back into the swing of things. Following that, I was given the opportunity to work independently at different clinics, while ensuring that I had a proper support network for anything that I was unsure of.

There are tons of 1-on-1 meetings with senior members of staff in which you can discuss patients, as well as weekly junior training sessions.

Additionally, there are extra in-service training every 3-4 weeks in which a topic will be chosen and presented by one of the seniors, with a chance to ask questions and provide input as you like.

All in all, it’s been great!DSC_0779What are the best bits?

I have been particularly impressed by the level of training provided.

The firm places a huge onus on itself to try to have the best educated and well-trained young physio’s possible.

You are actively encouraged to seek out any courses/opportunities for learning and the company will then strive to put things into place so that you achieve these. This may include Pilates training, massage therapy courses, specific rehab courses… basically, anything that will improve you as a therapist, and I feel it’s this ethos that probably helps to set Physio.co.uk apart from many other private physiotherapy providers.

I also like how the role as a junior is split between an MSK and Neuro caseload, where you are firstly required to complete a set of MSK competencies, before moving onto neurology-based rehabilitation to complete your remaining competencies.

The way these competencies are provided, with theory sessions followed by practical sessions, ensure that you feel like you are up to scratch with your anatomy of various areas and how you would assess and treat related pathologies.

This has benefitted me loads. I was previously unsure about my ability to just walk straight into a role and perform well after spending so much time away travelling after I graduated, but these things gave me the confidence I needed.    DSC_0819lWhat have you done so far?

I’ve been set up between branches in Tameside, Rochdale and the City Centre, so I get to see and treat a fair range of patients.

Within the central clinics the clients have generally tended to be more self-paying patients, who finance their treatments independently, and as a result, can present with a wide range of different conditions.

The ‘satellite’ clinics (i.e. Tameside and Rochdale) have tended to be comprised of a more medico-legal caseload, where treatment is typically arranged via insurance companies. These clients tend to have pathologies related to various injuries at work or RTA’s and therefore may differ slightly from independently financing patients.     

I’ve liked having the variation, both in terms of location and caseload.

I feel like it helps to keep things fresh while allowing me the chance to carry out loads of ‘hands-on’ treatments, which I had previously highlighted as an area of my learning that I was keen to improve.   

Are you glad you chose to work here?

Definitely!

It’s the perfect place for me to achieve what I wanted from my first physiotherapy role and as it is such a rapidly expanding company I feel like everybody can have a say about the way in which the firm develops.

Everybody makes you feel welcome straight away and you can sense that everyone has a positive attitude and an enthusiasm for improving the service.

All in all, I don’t feel like I could have asked for much more for my first physio job, as it has had just the right amount of variation, support and training to allow me to become a better physio.

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