We asked Anna Jones, ARC’s Clinic Manager and Senior Neuro Physiotherapist a few questions about her job!
- Other than being a hands-on neuro physio, what other projects are you involved with at ARC?
I currently share my time between working clinically with clients and working as the clinic manager at ARC. Whilst this certainly keeps me busy, I love that it allows me to work with the whole team to further develop our services yet continue to work closely with my clients as a clinician. I love being a neuro physio and I never want to let go of working directly with clients!
In the past 4 years I have initiated and set up our Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) service after identifying that this is a very under supported population who could benefit so much from targeted and specialised neurological Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) rehab. This has been enormously challenging at times but incredibly rewarding. Seeing and hearing the change that our intervention has made has actually been one of the highlights of my entire career. As a team, we have made some great connections with other professionals working in this space and I feel we offer a fantastic service alongside them. I’m currently developing an FND course for physiotherapists aimed to upskill and build confidence is the assessment and treatment of individuals with this condition.
I am also involved in education of our staff at ARC and of other allied health professionals through our evening lecture webinar series, delivery of the PD Warrior instructor training courses and delivering education lectures on topics including FND and MS.
I work with our team to ensure that not only our knowledge and treatment approach is evidence based and up to date but also that it is supported by the best equipment to help us achieve clients best potential outcomes. Since moving into our new clinic space, it has been incredibly exciting to be involved in implementing the use of our new equipment and technology such as the Lexo (robotic end effector gait trainer) and the H-frame which allows for body weight supported balance and gait training overground with reduced reliance on multiple therapists.
- Most neuro physio’s love what they do, but what is it that gives you deep satisfaction with your career choice?
The relationships we build with our clients and the difference we can help to make in their lives is the reason why I continue to love my clinical role as a neuro physio. The variety of what we see and the challenge set before us every time we meet a new client keeps you constantly on your toes There is no prescriptive practice and I believe this is what continues to engage me and make me want to keep learning more and progressing the skills of myself and the team. There simply is no room for second best when you have the chance to help people in a very profound way. I would like to think that this is what my clients also see in me when I work with them. I was certainly extremely honoured to receive our ARC ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the end of 2020 which was voted for by our clients themselves.
- What has shaped you into the clinician you are today?
I’ve been extremely lucky to have worked with some amazing neuro physiotherapists from very early on in my career that have undoubtedly shaped both my view of the world of neuro physio and also my skills and approach. Ultimately, it is every patient encounter and working with a variety of team members (including OT, EP, psychology, and speech therapy) that has bit by bit shaped my own style and approach, taking what is useful from each. I feel very lucky to work in an environment where we can shape our service and practice based solely on trying to achieve the best outcomes our clients. I’m inspired constantly and I think that is very rare!