Published on September 25, 2013
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRIVATE PRACTICE…FOR YOU & HOW TO BE AN EXCELLENT PRACTITIONER. Kusal Goonewardena Elite Athlete APA Sports Physiotherapist www.EliteAkademy.com
14 YEAR CAREER - SPORTS MEDICINE. FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF VIGOR SPORTS MED AND ELITE AKADEMY SPORTS MED.
OVER 15,000 TREATMENT SESSIONS IN SPORTS INJURIES & PERFORMANCE
MELB UNI SPORTS PHYSIO SINCE 2002 HEAD OF SPORTS MEDICINE AT MELB UNI 2008
CURRENT TEAM OF 4 PHYSIOS AT MELB UNI
STEPS TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT PRIVATE PRACTICE
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… THE CASELOAD Orthopaedic and Sports Work Injuries and Road Traffic Accident patients Chronic Pain Paediatric Women's Health Cardiothoracic Neurological Home Visits and Nursing Home Care Eg of Specialized Private Clinics: Neurological Private Practice. Neuro Rehab/Outpatients.
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… WHAT RESOURCES DO I HAVE? What equipment does the clinic use? Is it similar to what I have used at Uni?
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… DISTANCE FROM HOME
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… PROFESSIONAL SATISFACTION Grade 1, 2, 3 ….. Professional Development Pathways eg. The Ridgway Method (www.RidgwayMethod.com) Access to Once in a Lifetime Opportunities “I do my best work when I am HAPPY”
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… I HAVE A CAREER PATHWAY Ask Yourself… Where do you see yourself in 2 years time 5 years time… 10 years time.
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… PERSONAL SATISFACTION Who are the people I am working with? Do I enjoy their company?
WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THIS CLINIC… THE ALLIED HEALTH STAFF The more Allied Health Staff you associate with, the better clinician you become.
STEPS TO GET YOUR DREAM JOB Step 1 Build a database of the types of clinics that you like Step 2 Connect with the principals on… LinkedIn Twitter Step 3 Offer your services (placements), observation hours, watching them work. Ask them to be a mentor
YOU HAVE THE FINAL SAY, WHEREVER YOU GO… The type of person you are now and who you want to become. The type of clinician you are now and who you want to become. Make sure you love the work.
HOW TO BECOME AN EXCELLENT PRACTITIONER
ACHIEVING PRACTITIONER EXCELLENCE (STEP 1) “People only work with others who they like and trust” 1. Trust 2. Care 3. Effective Treatment
ACHIEVING PRACTITIONER EXCELLENCE (STEP 2) RESULTS Provide the best results in the shortest period of time. If you cannot provide results – provide a PLAN to get the results.
ACHIEVING PRACTITIONER EXCELLENCE (STEP 3) THE QQS FORMULA Q: The Quality of work you do exceeds expectation Q: The Quantity of work you do exceeds expectation S: The Spirit in which you do your work is harmonious and co-operation
ACHIEVING PRACTITIONER EXCELLENCE (STEP 4) TEAMWORK Physiotherapist + Surgeons + GP’s + Podiatrists + Radiologists + OT’s + Massage therapists + Sports Physicians + Specialists + Acupuncturists + Nutritionists + Myotherapists + Chiropractors + Osteopaths + Specialist Physiotherapists + other Allied Health Professionals = You will ALWAYS have the answer for YOUR patient.
ACHIEVING PRACTITIONER EXCELLENCE (STEP 5) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Assessment Problem Analysis Treatment and Intervention Clinical Reasoning Recommended CPD Points 20-30 / year. Elite Akademy Sports Medicine: 215 CPD / year.
Bigger the clinic the better How many Physios can I learn from? Does the clinic have a PD program? If you love it join it! Q&A Is it good to go straight into Private Practice as a new- grad or have some hospital rotations experience first?
Smaller practices / single practitioner clinics decreases your chances of furthering professional development UNLESS they have an exceptional PD program Q&A What are the disadvantages of joining Private Practice?
Research the clinic. The more you know about the clinic the better. 3 month probationary period. If you don’t like the work: quit! Q&A What steps can I take to safeguard myself against landing in a dodgy private practice?
A lot!! Support of senior physios plus advice/education/mentorship. Professional development strategies Case studies, watching seniors being gurus. Q&A What should a student expect from their employer in terms of support and ongoing professional development?
Yes!! Follow the above steps. Once again research… research… research UK/U.S/Canada/Middle East/Singapore. Aussie Physios are at the forefront in the physical therapy profession. Q&A Can I work in Private Practice in other countries?
FINAL THOUGHTS Elite Akademy Sports Medicine’s Mission 1. To help our athletes perform at their best and 2. To help sports medicine practitioners achieve their best.
THANK YOU For information on online PD courses go to www.EliteAkademy.com For information on mentorship programs my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org My twitter address is @kusalkumar The Elite Akademy twitter address is @EliteAkademy We share strategies, advice and practitioner success stories on our Facebook site www.facebook.com/EliteAkademy Lastly these slides have been uploaded to www.slideshare.net/KusalGoonewardena
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