I would describe myself as a motivated, well presented, hardworking osteopath experienced in musculoskeletal medicine. I have excellent communication skills and carry out my work with professionalism. I am ambitious and have an appetite for professional and personal development.
These qualities have navigated my career down a path that is not typical for an osteopath but has exposed me to many different professions in a variety of healthcare settings. In my six years since qualification, I have completed a Masters in Sports Medicine, gaining two research publications in high-ranking journals. I have worked in London’s largest Sports Medicine multi-disciplinary clinics. I have worked within National League Rugby. More recently, I have been working in the NHS as a First Contact Practitioner (FCP). These experiences have given me a broad understanding of the diversity of practice and opportunities available for allied health professionals. It has allowed me to see the value of working within teams and utilising each other’s skill sets to achieve better outcomes. Throughout these experiences I have also endeavoured to promote the osteopathic profession.
Through my successful employment in the NHS, I created the NHS Osteopaths Facebook page in collaboration with the Institute of Osteopathy (iO). On this forum I have disclosed my personal experience and tips that helped me obtain the FCP job, which is proving challenging for osteopaths. I have answered questions relating to working in the NHS and posted any NHS jobs eligible for osteopaths. This has been successful with the guidance and contributions from Matthew Rogers. My intention through this endeavour is to help fellow osteopaths and further develop osteopaths within the NHS. This is important for professional development and for improving patient access, both of which mirror the mission statements of the iO.
As an FCP employed by the NHS I am working towards becoming an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). The progression from FCP to ACP follows an extensive training framework. Due to the wealth of work needed to complete this framework in co-ordination with an FCP and GP supervisor, there is a requirement for substantial dedication and organisation. The framework is based on competency and will be the future of professional development; more importantly it will be an integral feature for the integration of osteopaths within the NHS. Having this experience and insight will be valuable for the iO as a council member.
In addition to progressing into ACP, I am developing a quality improvement project in primary practice. This is aimed at improving identification and referrals for patients at risk of developing persistent pain. It will use validated questionnaires and utilise stratification of care. If successful, the project will be extended to all practices in the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group. I am also due to take part in practice audits and will become a supervisor for physiotherapy students this year. To add to my non-clinical skill set I have enrolled in the NHS leadership programme.
Alongside my work experience I spearheaded a campaign against BUPA’s treatment of osteopaths. I believe that their recognition of osteopaths and provision available to members is inequitable. To gain clarity on the situation I spoke to the head of professional development at the iO and physiotherapists that worked within the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. These discussions facilitated the CEO of the iO, Maurice Cheng, to write a letter to BUPA. The outcome of this was BUPA providing evidence in writing that they will review their policy on osteopaths with a positive outlook for change. I believe this demonstrates my clear determination for advancing the osteopathic profession from all fronts. Additionally, being the architect of this campaign, I believe is evidence of my leadership and communication skills.
As previously mentioned, I have conducted and published research as part of a team. This requires excellent communication, planning, and perseverance. This has led me to develop a high-level skill of critical thinking; I can objectively examine situations, understand the influence of common cognitive biases and address matters in a pragmatic and evidence informed approach.
I understand the role of the professional non-executive council is to hold the executive council to account on the delivery of projects, adhere to the Institute of Osteopathy’s mission statements, represent the views of the membership and act as ambassador of the profession. I believe I have the relevant experience and skill set for this role. My passion and drive are evident, and I trust this personal statement highlights my relevant knowledge, skills and attributes required for the role. I would hope you view me as a candidate that would be an asset as a council member for the Institute of Osteopathy.