Gemma Richards – Level 3 Clinician
Before I began my career with response Physiotherapy I worked for 5 years in the NHS and private hospital sector in musculoskeletal outpatients, inpatient orthopaedics and general surgery. In addition to this I did part time/ weekend work for a number of sports teams both at amateur and international level.
The restrictions placed upon Physiotherapist’s in the NHS made me decide to make the move and venture into private practice. An opportunity came about with Response Physiotherapy and after speaking to the owner, Matt Taylor, I felt this was a company that would enhance my knowledge at every level and it didn’t disappoint. It has provided me with a new, innovative way of looking at the human body and how it moves. My clinical knowledge and ability to improve people’s pain, injury and reduced function has developed significantly.
It has also allowed me to deal with a variety of injuries from trauma, sports, occupational and biomechanical issues. Before working at Response physiotherapy I tended to look at injuries in isolation, not taking into account how the body connects and inter-links. I now appreciate the number of ways injuries can come about, for example, overuse, biomechanical faults, fatigue and weakness.
Working with Matt, and the in service training provided, I now see the human body much more as a 3 dimensional structure. Gaining a firm understanding of the stresses and strains placed upon it through daily use, sport and trauma and the ‘knock on’ affects this has on the body system. Because of this the success of my treatment has increased and I feel much more equipped at providing a treatment plan that suits the patients’ needs and get them back to what they want to do.
In the future there are plenty of opportunities for me to develop professionally and personally with the company. Since I started 5 years ago my role has evolved and I now work as a mentor with other members of staff to improve their clinical skills, I’m involved in monthly in service training, providing CPD for both myself and other members of staff, and have delivered presentations and education on injury and prevention for college students, amateur and semi-professional athletes alike.