I am Gina Koutsoflini and I am an outpatient MSK physiotherapist working for the Buckinghamshire Musculoskeletal Integrated Care Service (MusIC).
I have been working at Care UK for more than a year and I have gained valuable clinical experience.
During the day, I assess and treat my new patients, review my follow-ups and run exercise classes such as the upper quadrant pilates class as well as the osteoarthritis group. I also deal with admin work such as discharges and when appropriate, apply for funding for joint replacements.
With support from our Clinical Lead, I refer patients appropriately onto secondary care (pain clinic, orthopaedics and rheumatology) if a specialist Consultant opinion is needed and I order appropriate diagnostics for my patients including MRI X-ray and ultrasound. If required I also request steroid injections which are performed by our Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners.
It’s a great and supportive team environment. We have continuing professional development (CPD) meetings every week, where we exchange ideas and experiences as well as discussing difficult cases and monthly in-service training, covering key topics and often involve a practical element.
Care UK always welcomes new ideas and supports me to develop further as a clinician by funding well recognised courses.