Leanne - Therapy Assistant

Who’s this?

Leanne is a Therapy Assistant, predominantly working as part of the Cystic Fibrosis team in critical care and is based in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, based at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

After successfully completing a degree in sports rehabilitation, Leanne secured her first role in the NHS as a therapy assistant working with the elderly. Leanne has since successfully gained her current role working with children and supporting them in completing their daily chest physiotherapy and exercise sessions

What do they do?

Leanne’s main duties include assisting children with their daily chest physiotherapy, helping to clear mucus off their chests in order to make breathing easier and to help prevent infection. Leanne also takes children to the therapy gym, supporting them in individual gym sessions, exercise is very important for patients with cystic fibrosis as it helps to keep their chests clear and supports them with general fitness, exercises can include activates such a trampolining, treadmill, static/push bikes, skipping, running games, basketball and ping pong. Leanne also complete tasks such as cleaning of equipment, ordering equipment, and booking of out-patient appointments

What’s the best thing about their role?

Whilst in hospital children spend a lot of the time in a ward based environment, therefore they love their visits to the gym being able to have fun and lots of equipment to play with. Leanne feels that the best part of her role is seeing how happy the children are that she supports, also knowing how beneficial these sessions are to the patient

Where are they going from here?

Leanne is happy in her current job role, and feels her current experience within the NHS to date has given her lots of practical experience and insight into the role of physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist, and in the future may consider going to university to complete a degree in one of these fields

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Therapy Assistant section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.