Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith@NHS from 04/07/18 to 05/07/18

Twitter: @caro_smith1

Job title: Children’s Community Physiotherapist

Place of work: Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

I’m a children’s community physiotherapist, I’ve worked in Lewisham for 14 years and worked in the NHS for 20 years. I work with children with physical and complex disabilities and their families and carers. My work involves assessing movement and posture, advising on activity and positioning programmes and helping children achieve their potential with regards to motor skills and function. I work in clinics, nurseries and schools and patients’ homes. As well as working with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, community and school nursing teams, OTs, speech and language therapists, my role also involves working with social workers, special educational needs teams for the local authority, and teachers.

In my free time I sing with and organise the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. I auditioned for the choir when it started in 2012 as part of a BBC2 programme “Sing While You Work” with Gareth Malone. Everyone enjoyed singing with the choir so we decided to keep it running once filming had finished. It’s an amazing way to meet other staff across the Trust and also a great way to help unwind after work. In December 2015 we were the Christmas No 1 with “A Bridge Over You” and have been lucky enough to record an album, sing at the FA cup final and open the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Our latest project is with NHSVoices, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The choir have been working on a version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” which has become the focus of a national campaign and ITV documentary to be shown on 4th July, culminating in a live, record-breaking attempt national singalong. Lots of well-known artists have come on board to support the project and we are hoping it will be a huge celebration of the work the NHS has achieved in 70 years.

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