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Alice Crosby, Senior Physiotherapist

I work on the inpatient ward at Swaffham Community Hospital and in the surrounding community, and have been part of the team for around three years.

My role is to assess and treat people with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing, and to help them maximise their movement through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation; this can be on the ward or in the community, in patients’ own homes.

I believe that my job makes a huge difference to people’s lives. It can be the difference between going home from hospital walking or in a wheelchair, having confidence again after feeling anxious following a fall, and being able to manage daily tasks with minimum support. I enjoy working with a variety of patients and helping them achieve their goals, however big or small they may be.

Building good relationships with my patients is very important, as I encourage them to take part in activities that may be out of their comfort zone, which requires a lot of trust.

I would recommend community therapy as a career as you get to work more closely with patients to enable them to lead full and satisfying lives and become as independent as possible.

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