The first blog of my new website and venture I am so excited about. When I moved back North from London 1 year ago I really wanted to work to set up a new, cool and thriving rehab space with a difference. As it turns out you need money, more money, and the ability to work 120 hour week, which my bank balance and my frazzled brain would agree is probably not going to work.
As COVID hit and we all went through an enormity of challenges, frustration, and negative impact on healthcare I tried to focus my energy on something positive that would help others. The Physio & Therapist Support Group was started out as just that. I am thrilled and proud that it has now grown not only into a 3k member group, but also a really positive and responsive place for the therapist to share, be, open, honest, and kind in the middle of a global pandemic.
As I battled with my anxiety over the past 2-3 months, it became clear that my motivator, drive, and positive energy came from helping others. Not a shock to most of my friends reading this as I notoriously give out more than I put in, but instead of now thinking that as a negative I am channeling it into something great that works for me. I have been blessed with some amazing work and a career that has taken me all over the world. This has made me both laugh and cry over the years but has also lead
me to a situation where I have valuable experience and a wealth of knowledge to share with others.
Over the years, especially as I started out as a Physio, I always judged myself on the fact that some were technically better, had better knowledge, and were able to read and retain research much more readily than me. They were good at all the technical clinical stuff that in my mind, as a junior, I couldn't see the relevance in and therefore judged myself against it. It took me a good 6-7 years to realise what I was good at and it was none of those things listed above. I have been successful because I am kind, open, and honest. I don't take things for granted and I put a huge value on the softer side of being a clinician and love working with people.
In the past 6 months, I have networked, engaged, and been involved with some great forward and progressive work in our profession which I am really excited about. It has enabled me to gain confidence in the things that I am good at and be part of something bigger than the Anxious Physio that I have classed myself for so many years.
So here we are; my new website where I want to share everything I love about Physio, Sport, and Healthcare and hopefully the start of a new path for me in the fabulous virtual world we now live in.
Let's be kind to each other in this challenging world we now face and try not to forget that the simple things often get forgotten.
Dedication to my Four Muskateers; without whom I would never have had the self-confidence to start this exciting venture!
Jack Chew, Mike James, Andy Hogsgood, Malcolm Sloan - you are, I am afraid, now never going to get rid of me ;)