Working in therapies

Working in therapies


Hello I’m Amy I’m a community speech
language therapist in the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust I’ve been with the trust for many years now. I started my time here as a student progressed to a
therapy assistant and finally as a specialist therapist in the community
and in community we work in a really wide range of settings so that could be
anything from a patient’s home to a nursing home shop or even a café. You can
really tailor your therapy to the needs of the individual which means you can
get really creative and that’s something that’s really exciting. With it being
that place the city there’s also great opportunities outside of work so it’s
really easy to get into town to meet friends after work and in Lewisham
itself there’s loads of really lovely bars and restaurants, so it’s a really great place to be and I’ve really enjoyed working here. I started my new post here at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a band four but I’ve been here for quite a few years working as a band three assistant so it’s quite lucky that over the years I’ve developed loads of knowledge and skills and be able to
use those here progress further in my career and fortunately enough, be able to
stay here at the hospital amongst all my colleagues and the great team that we
work in here in the hospital. Coming in to work with the Trust was really good
because I did my second year placement with the Trust as well so it’s nice to
sort of see the progression that I’ve had from being a student to now being a
practitioner and for me one of the reasons why I applied to come back to
what for the Trust from being a student was number one I really enjoyed my time
was as a student and it just felt natural just to come back and it was a
local hospital for me as well as I felt like giving something back to the
community walking for my local Trust. Hi my name is Rosalind now I’m the physio
inpatient lead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital one of the really good things
about working at Lewisham and Greenwich Trust is all the new projects and ideas
have going on. At the moment we’re using read Zimmer frames on the wards to help
with patients who’ve got dementia to try and make sure that they see the walking
aid they need to use and reduce any falls that are happening. This is
something we’re hoping to expand and we’re getting a lot of staff involved in
another initiative we’ve got going on at the moment is the development of
advanced clinical practitioner roles this is something that some of our
physios are doing at Lewisham sites and at Queen Elizabeth, so helping with their
development into an advanced clinical practitioner to support with some of the
Trust priority pathways, this is something and with the success of this
we’re hoping to expand and there’ll be a lot more opportunities for staff to
progress to this role. My name is Farah I am one of the speech therapists here at Queen Elizabeth Hospital we are currently in our video fluoroscopy clinic
which we as speech therapy team run weekly. It’s where we complete a moving
x-ray of a patient’s swallowing to further inform our management and find
out what’s going to help them to eat and drink safer and make it easier for them to eat and drink. I initially started helping
the speech therapy team facilitate the video fluoroscopy clinic when I was
here on a student placement, which is a great opportunity because it’s not one
that each therapy service is able to directly run, and I then continued doing
it as a volunteer, and now I’m able to do it while I’m here on a permanent post as
a band five speech therapist. My name is Sally and I’ve worked for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust as a physiotherapist for about a year now. The main thing that attracted me to this Trust initially when applying for jobs start of my career was the fantastic range of rotations that they they offered these range from inpatient medical, surgical, intensive care, through
to stroke, neurological outliers, MSK outpatients, women’s health, hydrotherapy
and all the way out to community, offering care and therapy in people’s
homes and also in bed based rehab as well. Currently I
work on a medical ward which is haematology and oncology,
so there’s definitely been challenges to the job but I felt really well
supported by my whole team. My name is Loide Silva I’m a therapist here in
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. In terms of the different issues that we provide within the trust in therapeutic setting we have from paediatrics to ITU intensive
care we have oncology and also medical rehab and that gives the experience to
rotate and work within different areas and to improve our skills in the
different domains. Also for instance we work in the wards like this one that is
a discharge ward where we work more closely with social services the
different therapeutic seems like occupational therapists the doctors and
the nurses, where we provide the best pathway for their discharge home.

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