Katrina qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2017, with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University. She has 9 years’ experience working within a Children’s Therapy Team both as a qualified Physiotherapist and a Therapy Support Worker in the Leicestershire area.
As a Therapy Support Worker she worked closely with both the Physiotherapist’s and Occupational Therapists within the wider multidisciplinary team. Supporting them and the children on their caseloads with equipment, groups, carrying out treatment sessions whilst following a planned programme provided by the named therapist. From this Katrina knew a career into Physiotherapy was exactly what she wanted to pursue.
During numerous placements at University, Katrina confirmed her love for both Paediatrics and Neurology and thought this passion was best placed in a Community Physiotherapy setting. This has provided opportunities for further development in both of these said areas. Therefore, Katrina returned to her previous NHS employer as a fully qualified Band 5 Physiotherapist for 18 months before being promoted to a band 6 within the same service.
She works in a variety of different settings including mainstream schools, special schools, clinic settings, orthotic and wheelchair clinics and family’s own homes. More recently Katrina has become involved in Leicestershire’s Hemi Hub which is a joint clinic with the Occupational Therapist for the assessment and treatment of children with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of Hemiplegia. This provides opportunities to work within a large multi-disciplinary team to ensure that a holistic and effective approach is provided for all children.
Katrina continues to work with children aged 0-19 years and understands the key elements of development throughout the key stages of a child’s life. All of Katrina’s experience provides her with knowledge of a variety of conditions which include Cerebral Palsy, Neuromuscular Conditions including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Genetic and Chromosomal Abnormalities, Arthrogryposis and Developmental Delay.
In addition to close working with Occupational Therapists, Katrina works regularly with other professionals; Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians, Orthotists, Orthopaedic Consultants, Nursing Teams and Social workers. She has lots of experience of working with a variety of specialist and non-specialist equipment including walking frames, standing frames and sleep systems.
Katrina is keen to support families in identifying their goals and working together to identify key activities that can be included into a tailored programme that will meet the needs of the children and the goals that they wish to achieve. She feels that the most important aspect of the job is to build a rapport with the families and children she is involved in, learn the activities and games that they enjoy and how they can be implemented in the therapy programmes that are provided to ensure it is consistently fun, exciting and engaging for all those involved.