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My job explained: Physiotherapist

My job explained: PhysiotherapistAmanda is a senior grade physiotherapist. She works in a large city centre hospital

What made you become a physiotherapist?

I knew I wanted to be a physiotherapist when I was about 13. I really liked the idea that you were improving people's quality of life in a very practical way. Also, I like being on the go, and physiotherapy is quite physical: you use up a lot of energy.

What was the training like?

The training was brilliant. It was hard work but you could see a definite point to everything that you were doing. When I qualified I worked in several different settings, including with people who had had strokes, with people with multiple sclerosis and with burns and plastic surgery patients. I also worked in the community for a while, running GP clinics and doing some home visits, which was interesting. I did miss the hustle and bustle of a big hospital though, so this is where I am now.

What is the job like?

My current work is with respiratory patients and I want to stay in this area for a while, but my long-term aim is to work in oncology. I treat a lot of lung cancer patients for conditions such as shortness of breath, and physiotherapists are also involved with cancer patients in pain management and also in what is called adaptive rehabilitation, which is helping people to be independent according to their varying ability to cope. This is really a growth area for physiotherapists.

What is your favourite part of the job?

I particularly love the work because it's a constant challenge: every day I come across something that I haven't seen before. It's also incredibly varied: there are so many different areas that you are bound to find something that will interest you, not just for a few months, but for the rest of your life.

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(Information taken from NHS Careers)