Nicola

Nicola
Physiotherapist and Amputee Rehab 

I qualified in 2001 and started work in Epsom hospital. From an early stage, I was interested in amputee rehab and at Epsom, whenever there was amputee, my colleague Clare saw them. When she left I took on that role and ended up getting a job down in Brighton in 2004 and worked in the community at Royal Sussex County Hospital for a bit and rotated around. Clare was here at SCFT doing amputee rehab and went on maternity and I was keen to cover it. I ended up applying for the post full-time and I’ve been here since 2006 - I’ve been at Brighton General Hospital ever since and Clare and I still work together now!

We meet up with Physios who work in limb centres around London and the South and its inspiring to be part of a more national amputee team and a wider community. The specialist group that we belong to is called BACPAR. We share information and support each other. We talk about current developments and produce guidelines for our role. 

What I love most is the team working really and helping people achieve their goals. Seeing patients from an early stage after surgery after loosing a leg and being in a wheelchair, to working with them for months to get them mobile on a prosthetic limb – it really is a rewarding role. We'll be having some cake to celebrate NHS 70!