Orthopaedics | Physiotherapist

Jo

What is your role?
“I am an inpatient physiotherapist which means I work in the Trauma and Orthopaedics department, helping patients who have had surgery for injuries like broken legs and arms, broken ankles and also total hip or knee replacements. I help teach each patient about their injury and give them exercises to help recover and regain strength. We spend, on average, around three days with each patient before they are ready to be discharged and will move into the care of the outpatient physiotherapists, who will meet with patients regularly at the London Road Community Hospital site, helping them rehabilitate.”

Why did you want to do this job?
“I have always been interested in anatomy and I am into exercise and fitness myself and I like working with people so it seemed like a good fit for me: the whole job is about teaching patients how to get the best out of their body.

“When I was training I learnt so much about muscles and how the anatomy works, it was surprising and fascinating and deepened my own appreciation for personal training and fitness.

“There are also a lot of different areas within physiotherapy. I now work permanently in inpatients but when you first qualify you can rotate, working in the Intensive Care Unit, in elderly care and there is neuro-physiotherapy, helping people getting over strokes and other neurological disorders.”

What do you like particularly about Derby Teaching Hospitals?
“I think the Royal Derby Hospital has a good vibe to it as a whole; people are really friendly. There are a lot of opportunities and you are well supported to try and take those. Physio-wise, it has a huge team so there are always plenty of colleagues with a range of levels of experience – this is not the case in other hospitals where it can be you and one other senior staff member. Here, you learn so fast from other people being around you.”