How did you become a... physiotherapist?
Maria Kozlowski, community physiotherapist, qualified with her second degree as a physiotherapist in March 2015 –achieving her personal goal of qualifying before she was 30. She made up her mind to get her training qualification after seeing physiotherapy in action first hand, whilst working in a support role for people with learning difficulties. She was a rising star finalist in the 2016 Advancing Healthcare Awards.
How long have you worked at DCHS?
I have worked in DCHS for more than nine years in total - three years as a therapy support worker, and two years as a technical instructor, both at ash green learning disability services in Chesterfield, then two years seconded to complete my physiotherapy training, and two years as a qualified physiotherapist.
What is your role?
I am currently working in the Ripley integrated community team.
Do you have a particular specialty within physiotherapy and what sort of patients do you treat?
I see many patients with different conditions. From virtual ward patients being discharged from hospital, to patients with neurological conditions such as stroke rehabilitation and Parkinson’s, to older adults who suffer from falls and complex patients who require seating, moving and handling assessments.
When did you qualify and where?
I qualified as a physiotherapist in March 2015 from Sheffield Hallam University. I completed the Practice Base Learning Course lead by Edward Bakker, travelling between Grantham and Lincolnshire hospitals for lectures and placements across the East Midlands including: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Sleaford.
What attracted you to physiotherapy as a career?
I grew up in Derbyshire and always wanted to work in a health role. After joining the team at Ash Green, as a therapy support worker initially, I developed a keen interest in the 24 hour postural care assessments completed by the physiotherapists at Ash Green. I attended a course to further my knowledge and understanding of postural care and how physiotherapy is a key element within that and it all started from there.