Each month we will publish a 'day in the life' of a member of staff to showcase some of the many different roles across the hospital. This month; Liliana Djurovic, Women's Health Physiotherapist...
What made you want to become a Physiotherapist?
I knew I wanted to do something in healthcare but I didn’t want to study medicine, and liked the variety of work that you have as a physiotherapist. You can work in hospitals or on your own, there are lots of opportunities and the employment rate was very high when I graduated. I qualified in Serbia then came to London and carried out a Diploma in Physiotherapy 23 years ago.
How did you end up specialising in women’s health?
Women’s health is a new area of physiotherapy to me. I carried out a small amount of women’s health work when I came to England and decided it was an area I wanted to further my knowledge in, but I had family commitments and couldn’t study straight away. Recently I have been able to dedicate more time to studying and I gained my women’s health qualification last year.
What kind of patients do you see?
Here at Bupa Cromwell Hospital I mainly see patients with musculoskeletal problems related to pregnancy, or problems linked to gynaecological surgery and incontinence. The most common issues are pelvic girdle pain, abdominal muscle problems such as rectus diastases, and patients with a range of back issues.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The variety of the job and being able to make a difference in someone’s life is very important to me. Incontinence is very common among women, but it is embarrassing to talk about for most people, so it is really rewarding when I can help a patient in an easy, uncomplicated way and improve their quality of life.
What is the hardest thing about your job?
Being able to advise people without being too subjective, preaching or sounding patronising. Trying to educate someone about their problems can be difficult, so it is important to have the knowledge to back up the advice you are giving.
What is an average day like for you?
I see both musculoskeletal and women’s health patients, and appointments are usually 45 minutes long, so I see about nine per day, both inpatients and outpatients, and my time is spread between the wards and the physiotherapy gym. When I’m not with patients I catch up on admin such as writing discharge or progress letters, and I also work on projects looking at ways to improve the service we offer.
I first work with patients when they are recovering from a procedure at the hospital, then on discharge I encourage them to return for follow-up outpatient appointments to ensure optimum improvement is achieved post surgery.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Physiotherapy is a very rewarding profession, and it is very flexible so you can work it around your personal life. Once you graduate you can specialise in a certain field, and there is always scope for career progression. If you want a profession where you can progress and constantly learn, and if you like to make a difference in people’s lives, this could be the job for you.