Andrew - Specialist Physiotherapist

Who’s this?

Andrew is a specialist physiotherapist specialising in chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions that involves him working in an outpatient clinic with patients who have chronic pain and other co-morbidities or conditions and is based at the Royal Oldham Hospital – Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

Andrew achieved A-levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, before taking a gap year to travel around Australia and New Zealand. During his time travelling Andrew decided that physiotherapy was the career he wanted to pursue, going to university and successfully achieving a BSc in Physiotherapy taking up his first post as a Therapy Assistant in a community team for neurological disorders as it was a position available at the time, before successfully gaining a physiotherapist role in a rotational post. Andrew feels that he learnt so much from the rotational posts, working in many areas such as orthopaedics, infectious and tropical diseases, vascular surgery including amputees, stokes, musculoskeletal, general medical issues and respiratory, gaining lots of experience and knowledge that supported him in deciding on the area that he wanted to specialise in, successfully securing a further role working as a physio in a specialist bariatric centre working in health promotion and health education before successfully progressing once again into his current role of specialist physiotherapist

What do they do?

Andrew regularly meets with the chronic pain service, psychologists and other healthcare professionals to decide as a team, on the best possible treatment plan for the patients he sees each day in the outpatient clinic. Andrew assesses his patients, who may be suffering from chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems. With chronic pain, patient’s assessments are quite different as Andrew looks into how the patient is functioning and sleeping, as well as their mood, linking these factors into the pain suffered, taking a holistic approach to treat and educate the patient. Andrew delivers pain groups as part of his role which includes exercise and education for the patient to support them in managing their condition, completing detailed notes after every patient that he treats on a daily basis. As part of his role Andrew carries out appraisals with members of his team as well as working on service development and also supporting student physiotherapists currently on placement at the trust

What’s the best thing about their role?

Andrew loves working with people and seeing the improvements made with his patients and feels that people skills are massively important for a physiotherapist when working with their patients

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.