First year in a physiotherapy post

James Hoy is a band 5 physio on a NHS rotation scheme at Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, South Eastern Trust, Northern Ireland.

James Hoy

'Over the past 15 months I have worked in the emergency department, orthopaedic and community domiciliary teams.

'In my trust you rotate every six months for a minimum of 18 months before being eligible to go for a band 6 post. We complete a band 5 passport which includes a competency framework for us to use during the rotations.

'The rotation scheme allows me to gain experience in different areas and teams.

In each rotation I have been able to gain and develop unique transferable skills and qualities.

'Rotations provide clear timeframes and deadlines by which I can ensure I have benefited from all the learning opportunities.

'It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. There has been a lot of nerves and anxiety in each new post, but I think it is only normal for newly qualified physios to feel out of their depth and nervous.'

Top tips

  • Welcome ‘stressors’. Try to find yourself in situations where you are slightly uncomfortable but still feel safe and supported to give it a go. Growth only comes through stress and adaptation.
  • Ask questions. No one will think any less of you, but it is very obvious when you pretend to know more than you actually do.
  • Don’t panic. There is always someone there to help. Use your colleagues and supervisor. Try to learn as much as you can from them and be open and honest about how you’re feeling.
  • Be teachable. If someone tries to offer constructive feedback, welcome it and don’t be too proud to try new things.
  • Most importantly, try to enjoy your time as a band 5 physio. We have an amazing job in helping people achieve their goals, improve their quality of life and do things they didn’t think were possible.

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