Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.
What does a community physiotherapist do?
We work as part of a Multidisciplinary Team to ensure interprofessional patient care both in the community and community inpatient units. We pride ourselves in delivering a high quality service by ensuring that all our team members receive regular supervision, mentoring and training opportunities, and on being truly patient-centred. Holistic assessments are carried out that take place in the patient’s own environment.
Assessment starts from the point of triage where referrals are screened to ensure the patient is seen by the most appropriate health care professional in a timely fashion, improving patient experience and effectiveness. Resilience, reversal, results and responsiveness are the hallmarks of physiotherapy and what it delivers for individuals and communities:
- Resilience: reducing high health and social care needs by building people’s capacity to manage their own health
- Reversal: enabling people to make a complete recovery or regain maximum levels of mobility, function and independence following accident or illness
- Results: focussing on outcomes tailored to meet individuals’ personal goals
- Responsiveness: responding to an individual’s circumstances as they change, to prevent crises and responding rapidly when they occur
Utilising our strong links with the UEA, we work collaboratively on research projects and training opportunities for professional and personal developments.
One of our community physiotherapists, Ankita, with a patient.