(Formally known as Extended Scope Practitioners)
Who are we?
We are a group of Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists who run Orthopaedic clinics; providing comprehensive, holistic assessments for complex patients referred from GPs and Consultants. Therapists work with patients to optimise function and mobility with the aim to reverse the impact of both acute and chronic conditions and disability. In addition to our usual therapy skills we have undertaken further training to enable us to work in an orthopaedic clinic in the specialities of hands, spines and paediatrics. This includes requesting investigations, performing injections and listing for procedures.
Where can you find us?
We run clinics on all sites within the Trust, sometimes alongside the Consultant and sometimes independently.
What is the best part of our job?
We hope to make a difference, improving function and wellbeing. We provide reassurance, education and a clear management plan that is achievable for that individual. Enabling patients to return to work, hobbies, exercise and day to day life is the best part of our job.
What is the most challenging part?
Trying to gather as much information as possible in half an hour and sending the patient home with a plan can be a challenge with the more complex patients. Also dealing with chronic problems where you would like to see more multi-disciplinary team input can be a frustration.
What plans do we have?
We are expanding our small team over the next year to provide more clinics. We also want to provide more training for our therapy team and other health professionals in the area.
Finally what do we like to do on our days off?
Therapists generally like to practice what we preach and outside work enjoy keeping fit and active; walking up mountains, swimming in sea or just going to the gym
How do you get to see an Advanced Practice Therapist?
You can be referred by either your GP or a consultant and you will be contacted by phone or a letter to arrange your appointment.
If you think you are eligible for transport, please book via your GP.