Therapy Services staff stories

Emily
EMILY
PHYSIOTHERAPY TECHNICIAN, INTERMEDIATE CARE, HAYWARDS HEATH

Since my promotion I have been working through competencies to improve my knowledge of physiotherapy. Previously being a Healthcare Assistant gave me a good grounding to provide excellent care.

To support me I work with two Band 6 physiotherapists – I look up to them. They give me encouragement and reassurance, and they are always on hand if I have a query or need to check anything. I’m just about to start on the newly developed physiotherapy apprenticeship to continuously develop – my goal is to become a qualified physiotherapist.

I’m a ‘happy-go-lucky’ person and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My partner plays semi-professional football and I enjoy watching her play. I’m keen to get back to Zumba classes and to do a hairdressing course.

Emma
EMMA
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, INTEGRATED PRIMARY CARE TEAMS, BRIGHTON & HOVE

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Southampton University and had a static role with another trust for a year which was not good for my professional and performance development. At Sussex Community I have gained such a fantastic range of clinical experience working in many different settings. I have never seen such a broad rotation advertised anywhere else in the South East or in London. This is such a great trust to work for.

I’m currently working with the Integrated Primary Care Team where I go out and support patients in their own homes, to keep them well and independent, avoiding admissions to hospital.

Through these rotations you never stop learning and developing. I get regular supervision and work with experienced senior Occupational Therapists who are brilliant mentors.

I feel confident now to progress from a Band 5 to a Band 6. I really want to focus my career working in the community and to stay at Sussex Community.

I’ve had some fantastic feedback throughout my career journey. Recently a patient wrote a plaudit letter to our Chief Executive following the rehabilitation care I provided – this recognition is wonderful.

Occupational therapy is my second career. Until my 40s I worked in London in many creative industries as an Executive Assistant. I’m so glad I made the career change – you really make a difference to the people we care for.

I’m a keen cook and traveller. I’m currently trying to increase my physical activity by doing yoga, pilates and cycling. My biggest achievements so far are completing my occupational therapy degree and completing the clipper round the world yacht race in 2006.

Fiona
Fiona
Occupational Therapist, Integrated Primary Care Teams, Brighton & Hove

Working as a volunteer gave me the knowledge, confidence and experience to gain a permanent position as an Occupational Therapy Assistant with the Trust. I worked part-time in a rehabilitation centre initially juggling a new career and a young family.

I was supported with my studies and qualified as a MSc Occupational Therapist with the University of Brighton. Once I qualified I took a temporary position via the Trust Bank, known as Staff Direct, where I worked as an Occupational Therapist on rotation. This gave me lots of experience in a short space of time working across different settings – in the community and in hospital. This experience was invaluable – I learnt so much and every day was different.  

Since then I have had the pleasure to work in many different teams and settings at Sussex Community to continue my professional development. I’ve had the opportunity to work as a Band 6 on secondment which gave me the experience needed to secure a permanent Band 6 position. My experience at Sussex Community has been so positive.

I enjoy the outdoors and in particular ‘roughing it’ in muddy campsites with my children, swimming in the sea and riding my bike.

Gabriella
GABRIELLA
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST, CHILDREN’S SERVICES, BRIGHTON & HOVE

I’ve been supported so much to develop in my career. I have access to regular in-house training. Therapists across our service, with different clinical expertise, regularly meet up to share learning within the team. Regular Consortium Days are held where external speakers come and share learning across the globe.

I love the fact that there are plenty of opportunities to shadow other therapists to carry out joint sessions in order that I can develop my skills. The team also works in collaboration with the local authority Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) team so I work with a wide range of professionals.

I love to paint and I belong to a community choir. I’m currently doing the Couch to 5K programme to improve fitness and I’m hoping to try new activities that put me outside my comfort zone including hang gliding and surfing.

Holly
HOLLY
SPECIALIST OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, INTERMEDIATE CARE, HAYWARDS HEATH

I’m so passionate about occupational therapy that I use the learning and skills in my own life to keep me happy and healthy.

I support such a vast range of people. I work with them to realise their own goals and to get them as independent as possible, so they can return back home safely. One of my key successes so far has been planning and organising regular wellbeing activities for patients which has improved recovery rates, wellbeing and confidence, and reduced time patients spend at hospital.

It’s really important that whilst we develop ourselves we share our knowledge and develop new colleagues who are starting out in their careers. So I’m currently undertaking student placement mentor training and hope to take my first student under my wing soon.

I enjoy baking, playing the saxophone and experiencing the world.

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