I became a Macmillan professional in this role because I am passionate about changing the care for people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis, especially within the community where resources are poor. As a physiotherapist, being able to facilitate recovery, improve someones quality of life and allow them to thrive, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Using my specialist knowledge and skills and being able to reassure individuals or signpost back into acute care when required, reduces anxiety and fears and facilitates quick access for those who need medical care again.
I love every part of my job as a Macmillan specialist physiotherapist and seeing a smile on someone's face when they realise that beyond the diagnosis and treatments, there is hope. Hope that they can regain their energy and return to things they love doing, hope that they change the way they think, act or do to make their lives better. Even when prognosis is poor, physiotherapy can help to make life easier, alleviate pain and suffering and maintain independence. Every part of my job teaches me about life both before and after a cancer diagnosis and how precious it is. I love seeing people achieve things they did not think were possible and I love watching people grow when they have been really low both physically and emotionally during and after treatments. Knowing that I have been a part of this makes me proud to call myself a physiotherapist.
My role involves setting up and delivering the Active Everyday programme. This aims to ensure that everyone has access to support, to enable them to be more physically active in accordance with the recommended guidelines.
My role is also to deliver specialist physiotherapy face-to-face clinics to these individuals as part of the recovery package out in the community setting.
I am also responsible for delivering the HOPE course and involved in the education of colleagues in particular around the physical activity element of our service.