What’s the history of Surrey Hills Rehab?
After 18 years working for the NHS, I left my job as Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neuro-Rehabilitation to work more flexibly around having a young family. I looked at various part time roles but then thought, ‘why am I offering my skills to other services when Cranleigh, right here on my doorstep, doesn’t have anything like this’.
Following a lot of networking, I realised that within the village there were other health care professionals and fitness instructors who also have specialist skills that they wanted to share, and we evolved from there.
How are you different from the competition?
We focus just on people with neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons’s disease.
Unlike similar services that are based further afield, through the training of specialist rehabilitation assistants and exercise groups, and in some cases funding, we can offer a more affordable way to support people’s therapy needs.
What are you favourite parts of the work you do?
I love the people I meet and the variety in my working day. You gain so much philosophy on life when working with people living well with long term conditions.
What do you most like about working in Cranleigh?
Having grown up in a military family, this is the longest I have lived anywhere – 7 years. I finally feel like I am growing a home in a community.
Has your company got any exciting plans for the future?
At the moment we are all self-employed but we hope to move towards being able to offer more permanent employment for people and bringing our facilities more central to the village for more people with mobility difficulties to access our services.