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Life as an ESP Physiotherapist

04 May 2016

As well as blogging on the various opportunities and benefits we provide to our employees, we also like to provide you with an insight into the different areas of Connect and the job roles we have available for individuals on the search for a new career path. With our Graduate blog showing you the early stages of an MSK career at Connect, this blog details the opportunities available for a more experienced member of staff.

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Alex Seward, an ESP Physiotherapist, has worked for Connect for over 8 years. He initially joined the company in 2005 and undertook the Accelerated Development Programme, working in both Community Services and delivering off-site occupational physiotherapy in our corporate side of the business. Having spent 2 years at the company and working in a variety of areas, Alex left to pursue a career in professional football. However after 3 years away, in 2010, he decided to return to Connect and reapplied for a position as a Developing ESP Physiotherapist;

“After 3 years away in professional football, I was looking for a new challenge and came back to work for Connect in 2010 as a Developing ESP Physiotherapist. When I returned I completed an 18 month period of development and successfully applied for a Team Leader position within an ESP team. I am now working as an ESP Physiotherapist in MSK CATS in Gateshead and IMATT in Newcastle, Line Manager to six ESP Physiotherapists and Team Leader for MSK CATS in Gateshead and IMATT in Newcastle. This means that my week is very varied, going from clinical work as an ESP involving assessment and treatment of patients with MSK problems to more managerial responsibilities, including supervision and appraisal of my team. I also deal with any development requirements for MSK CATS, which has included meeting with radiology departments, GPs, commissioning groups and other providers, as well as any running improvements required.”

After leaving the company and coming back, we asked Alex what advice he would give to anyone thinking of applying for a job with Connect, and what made him return to the company after 3 years away;

“I was initially attracted to the ethos of Connect which is very much aimed at facilitating development, and encouraged through regular training, supervision and peer support. With this in mind, I had no hesitations in re-applying in 2010. I was aware of the quality of staff who worked here and knew that it was an environment in which I had previously flourished.

As well as the development and training support Connect provide, they also have a number of benefits for staff, including an internal football team made up of both clinical and clerical staff members (and which I particularly enjoy playing for!). Our new open plan offices also means that social interaction between staff members is much easier, and has allowed me to get to know people from across the company. I think that Connect is the perfect environment for someone who wants to develop and is happy to work hard to achieve their goals. I have previously recommended a friend to work for the company and would have no hesitation in doing so again.”

We currently have a number of vacancies available across the UK and continue to recruit. If you’re interested in working for a company who encourage development and training of staff across the business, then we’d love to hear from you. Click here to view all of our current careers and details on how to apply.

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