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A Permanent Placement

Published August 19, 2014 3:18 PM by Dean Metz

For the past year, I've been working in a "fixed-term" position. What that means is that I have a contract for exactly 11 months. The post is not guaranteed to run past the end of October. Fortunately, a position became available in the same NHS Trust but for a neighboring locality. I've interviewed and been given the job, which is permanent. I hadn't been stressing out, or so I thought, about being in a temporary job. But I do feel a strong sense of relief knowing that there's no defined endpoint to this job.

There is another significant piece of information about the job; I'm the first physiotherapist to take on this role. There is a mandate for NHS Trusts to have a falls specialist in their staff mix. It's almost always a nurse, primarily because there's a need for pharmacological expertise that many physiotherapists don't have... except for me. Being the first physiotherapist brings a fair amount of excitement, responsibility and scrutiny with it. I think I'm ready for all of the above!

The post requires a fair amount of clinical work as well as networking with local authority (town council) and third-party providers. It will also have an impact on local policy and strategy. These are the things I've been hoping to be involved with and why I got my degree in public health. On the surface, this post has the best of all possible worlds for me. Let's see how it plays out!

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You are a perfect fit for this role.  Your background, inclusive of experience and academics, is unique.  Best wishes for continued success.  I look forward to you taking this area to a whole new level.  As both of my parents have aged and are challenged with balance and falling, I really appreciate focus in this area.

Good luck!

Jean Metzar August 28, 2014 2:08 PM

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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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