My name is Kelly Moore and I have been in private practice for 10 years. Prior to that, I had experience within the NHS as a Physiotherapy Technical Instructor. Although I knew I wanted to train as a manual therapist, for a number of reasons my work experience led me to choose the osteopathic route.
Within a year of qualifying, I had begun growing my own practice, fell pregnant with my first child, and my husband suffered a life-changing RTA with significant requirement for long term manual therapy.
Whilst on my journey through private practice and I began to encounter a greater variety of patients I realised that public health as a whole wouldn’t improve until we educated people at a grassroots level as well as trying to re-educate the older population.
I began a kids’ anatomy education company, followed by an adult anatomy and wellbeing education company. Seeing how engaged people become in their own health and the desire that people have to learn about it has been hugely rewarding and encouraging. I had begun opening my clinic 3 days per week (ironically, due to significant osteoarthritic change in my hands), whilst focusing on the education companies for the remainder of my time.
When Covid-19 arrived and turned the world upside down, my education company ground to a halt as schools and offices across the country closed. Like the majority of osteopaths, I began to look for ways that I could use my skills to help the national effort against the virus. After speaking to the GoSC and a number of other peers, I decided I would open my clinic free of charge to any frontline NHS workers. During this period I forged close relationships with my local NHS Trust (West Herts) a number of whom hadn’t heard of Osteopathy. In this time, using osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, I have successfully resolved the issues of 29 NHS workers, 2 of which were waiting for spinal surgery. I have been told anecdotally that there have been many discussions within the pain team as to why osteopathy isn’t freely available across the NHS.
As some sense of normality resumes, I believe that the arrival of this global pandemic has altered the trajectory of my career. I am unable to help as many patients as I would like, due to the progressing osteoarthritic changes in my hands, but I am more driven than ever before to try and ensure that as many patients who are in pain have the option to choose osteopathy as a treatment module. I want to be part of the team who create initiatives and build the relationships that allow osteopathy a space on the public health stage. I want to help find ways to continue to prove through empirical research how valuable manual therapy can be. I am certain that our role in healthcare is important now more than ever, where numbers of pain patients are snowballing and the number of manual therapists available to treat them is dwindling.
I believe I would be a strong council member because:
- I am passionate about Osteopathy and its benefits
- I am highly self-motivated
- I am a great (and fun) team member
- I believe that Osteopathy deserves a place within the NHS and that the NHS needs Osteopathy
- I am an active member of the community and have a keen interest in Public Health
- I have experience working with SMT’s across a variety of industries and organisations
- I have always had a keen interest in politics and am involved in politics at a local level
- I have a wealth of experience in public speaking and presentations