No Work Without Play!

What a whirlwind of events over the last couple of weeks… I’m not sure really where to start, but I will try.

I have had some positive news on the job front, I have been approached by GB Men’s Sitting Volleyball team to attend some of their training sessions, with the aim of going with them to the Europeans in Poland. This opportunity sounds amazing and would be a fantastic experience, but at the same time I do not want to be working outside of my scope, so I plan to seek advice from qualified members to see what they suggest.

Another employment lead has come from Bournville Rugby Club. Natalie Furness a physiotherapist who gave one of my unemployed graduate lectures (showing again networking is key) asked me if I was still interested in working for the club. I have replied saying I would love the experience. However, unfortunately that is dependent on whether I can secure a full time job in the West Midlands. So although opportunities keep arising I am still limited by my ever mounting overdraft… the joys of student life.

Aside from private work, I have submitted another application for a static NHS MSK post. Although band 5 rotations have always been the norm, in the ever changing NHS environment rotations are not always suited to every physiotherapist. My long term goal is to work in MSK practice, so following my previous post with the advice of CSP professional advisers and therapy leads… I questioned myself on completing applications.. which posts are going to get me to where I need to be ?

With regards to CSP membership and HCPC registration, I still need to send off my forms . I have been a bit sidetracked the last couple of weeks and as of tomorrow I will be in Padstow on a family holiday, so will be postponing the job hunt until next Monday.

In my previous post I spoke about the opportunity that came about from Harborne Physio. I am due to start working with Gerard next week, starting off by running his social media and looking out for new venues for courses. I am looking forward to being involved as Gerard seems to be very busy at the moment… so lots to do!!!

Outside of physiotherapy, the last couple have been crazy!!! We had Sports ball Monday, gradball Thursday, my Birthday Saturday followed by Bucs nationals for the equestrian team this week. I am a firm believer that as a physiotherapy student work/life balance is essential. We do a very intense degree which requires a lot of hours, but it is important to have some down time to make the most of the experience of University. As part of the equestrian team I have been 1st team captain for the last 2 years. The role has developed my skills in time management (for being able to get my uni work done alongside training/competition), organisational (organising a competition for the University), communication (contacting other club captains and speaking to club members), leadership (being a role model to members and being able to delegate) and finally team work (working as a team at competitions to win). The hard work the whole team has put in with equestrian has been amazing and we have been rewarded this week by being crowned BUCS national champions!! Joining a club at University was the best decision I ever made, and it is a way of standing out against other graduates !! (Some pictures added below from Sports ball, gradball and BUCS Nationals).

So back to physiotherapy during my time at BUCS nationals my exam results were posted online a day early :-S!! I was pretty much set for a 2:1 in my degree which I was quite happy about but I knew if I was going to get a first it would be very much dependent on my dreaded dissertation. My dissertation explored the perceptions and experiences of physiotherapy students and how their individual learning style preferences interacted with the clinical environment. The small scale study highlighted some interesting themes:

Individuals highlighted how they saw the “environment” differently and how the nature or setting impacted on their learning. Second, was “quality”, clinical educators played an important role in facilitating students’ learning and supporting students’ personal needs. Students highlighted that more experienced clinical educators with certain attributes enhanced their learning. Third, was “barriers”. Students’ demonstrated lack of confidence in unfamiliar situations and weak evidence suggested students with reflector/theorist preferences tended to struggle in high pressure situations imposed by clinical educators. Finally, was “collaboration”, an understanding and flexibility from both clinical educator and student was important to ensure matched outcomes and goals.

I was quietly proud of my dissertation as I had spent a lot of time on it, but I wasn’t sure of the class it would get! I would advise any student to take advantage of having a dissertation tutor. My tutor Clive Liles had an interest in my topic and was so helpful in facilitating my decisions. So results were in……. I checked online and saw the number 40!!! realising I had read the credits rather than my mark!! Heart stopping moment :-S I looked again to see I had got 73% which ultimately tipped me over to receive a FIRST CLASS HONORS DEGREE ARRRRGGGH!!!!

So what a fantastic couple of weeks to finish off the best 4 years of my life! Sports ball, Gradball, turning 23, BUCS national champions in equestrian and a 1ST Class honors degree!!! I think this week will be hard to top! (maybe I should buy a Euro millions ticket.)

Again any comments or questions feel free to leave me a message on here or twitter @lucycocker1.

Graduation BallBirthday BUCS NationalsSports Ball

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2 thoughts on “No Work Without Play!

  1. Hi Lucy

    I’m currently doing A-levels but seriously thinking of doing physiotherapy at uni. I just wondered if you could give me any advice that might help when it comes to applying f

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