Darlington clinician awarded ‘Graduate of the Year’ accolade after completing highly-coveted training programme

An ambitious 22-year-old, based in Darlington, has been named Graduate of the Year after completing a fast-track Graduate Development Programme (GDP).

13 May 2024

An ambitious 22-year-old, based in Darlington, has been named Graduate of the Year after completing a fast-track Graduate Development Programme (GDP) with healthcare services provider, Connect Health.

Adam Peacock is one of 26 graduates from the 2022 intake who has completed the 18-month long, sector-leading training scheme, and entered a full-time Senior Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinician role.

Working at Connect Health’s Integrated Musculoskeletal Service in Darlington, based at the town’s Dolphin Centre, he was also recently recognised for his achievements in Connect Health’s annual internal Colleague Excellence awards.

The Teesside University graduate, who studied Physiotherapy for his degree, wanted to join Connect Health’s GDP after undertaking a placement with the company during his third year of study.

Talking about the training programme, which includes self-directed learning via Connect Health’s learning division, known as the Academy, and monthly face-to-face study days with a member of the faculty team, Adam explained: “From day one I received a lot of support– there really is a great team environment. Colleagues are very approachable – so no question is a stupid one and every day is different.”

Adam relishes supporting patients from all different walks of life, and he believes getting the best outcomes for them comes down to nurturing relationships, overcoming their barriers and exceeding expectations, where possible.

He continued: “My favourite part of the job is when I get to support a patient from the beginning of their journey. Initially speaking to them via our telephone triage PhysioLine, building a rapport and understanding how they’re struggling, and how physiotherapy will help them. You can then start to break down their barriers and by the end of their treatment ease them back into their day-to-day routines.

“To hear someone tell you they never thought that they would get back to their valued activity and never thought they would be able to do the things they love again – that’s the big win for me,” Adam added.


Connect Health has now accepted applications for its 2024 GDP which will commence in September.

The industry-leading scheme, targeted at those looking to accelerate their clinical careers, focuses on developing compassionate, skilled clinicians that thrive within a contemporary healthcare environment. It features work-based training with a senior clinical mentor and protected continuous professional development (CPD) time.

With an impressive 90% pass rate, those, like Adam, who complete the programme are promoted to senior MSK clinician within 18 months.


Dr Andrew Cuff, Director of Clinical Strategy at Connect Health, said:

Our sector leading graduate scheme proves immensely popular every year, thanks to our commitment and track record of providing high-quality training opportunities and professional development. This is in addition to the impressive remuneration package and Connect Health’s standing as an industry leader in MSK.

As Adam’s story shows, there’s great potential for growth and recognition within Connect Health and we work hard to support the talent of tomorrow and today, through our comprehensive training and development, all while keeping our patients front and centre.



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