Candidate Spotlight: Karen, Senior Physiotherapist


This Allied Health Professionals Day we wanted to shine a spotlight on just some of our hard working and passionate AHPs to celebrate their professions and showcase to others the impact they make to the delivery of high quality care.

We were delighted to speak to one of our Physiotherapists, Karen who has been working with us for 2 years now to learn more about her career in Physiotherapy.

Name: Karen
Role: Senior Physiotherapist

Why did you choose Physiotherapy as a career path?

I chose Physiotherapy as a career path possibly because my mother was a nurse and paid a lot of attention to diet, health and well-being. I have always been tuned in to health and the benefits of exercise and good nutrition on quality of life and longevity.

What do you enjoy most about being a Physiotherapist?

I enjoy watching the improvements in health and well-being gained from life-style changes and seeing people benefit from treatment and exercise, it can be very satisfying.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job role?

It can be difficult to convince people of the benefits of exercise, and one of the most challenging aspects of my role is knowing that a person’s quality of life would very likely improve if they were to engage more fully with their treatment. Non- attendance at appointments is very frustrating and a waste of good resources when waiting lists in the health service are so long.

What advice would you give to students thinking of choosing Physiotherapy as a degree?

Physiotherapy is a worth-while career for anyone, but I am regularly amazed and humbled by how focused and hard-working newly qualified physiotherapists are. I don’t think many people appreciate how dedicated and committed they are, regularly doing courses in their own time and at their own expense to improve and develop themselves professionally.

How long have you worked for Direct Medics?

I have been working with Direct Medics for almost 2 years.

What do you like most about working with Direct Medics?

Working for Direct Medics has been a fantastic way to get back into an area of physiotherapy that I had worked in a few years ago. It helped to have people who have professional links in many areas working on my behalf. It definitely took a lot of stress out of the job hunting process and being provided with uniforms and mandatory training was most helpful.

What do you enjoy most about locum work?

Locum work affords a degree of flexibility which is not really possible in full-time permanent employment.

Thank you to Karen and all other Allied Health Professionals for their constant hard work and dedication to care especially throughout the recent pandemic.

If you are interested in learning more about Allied Health Opportunities in Northern Ireland or England, please visit our jobs board or contact our AHP team on 028 9059 0077.