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Case Study: Lynsey

Personal details
Degree:Biology Profile picture
School(s): School of Biology
Year of Graduation:Jun-2012
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: NHS
Job title: Physiotherapist
Occupational Sector: Physiotherapy
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After graduation from the University of St Andrews, I completed a two year MSc (pre-reg) in Physiotherapy. I graduated from RGU in January 2015 and started working as a physio in the NHS immediately.
What does your job involve ?
The assessment and treatment of patients as an in-patient, outpatient or out in the community. Working with a large team of other health professionals.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Helping patients to meet rehabilitation goals. The warm hydrotherapy pool isn't too bad either !
Why were you successful?
I volunteered a lot during my time in St Andrews with the first aid society. I also undertook shadowing with a range of different physiotherapists. Gained management and leadership skills through part time/ summer working
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
I find the research communication and time Management skills the most helpful.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
The course is an accelerated course so is very time consuming for the two years. With the correct time management you will also be able to enjoy a social life. The hours of work are normally fairly standard 8.30-4.30 weekdays, however there is an on call requirement and many services are moving to a 7 day service.