Congratulations to Marcus


Congratulations to Marcus Nicholson, who recently graduated from Tesside university with a master’s degree in Physiotherapy. Marcus previously graduated with a BSC in Sports Rehab in 2015 and continued with his studies before graduating again with a master’s degree in Physiotherapy in January this year.

The course involved a placement of 1000 hours of unpaid hospital and community work, covering every area of physiotherapy including neurology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and respiratory.

During this time Marcus was employed as a Support Worker for Support for Independence (SFI). Throughout the latter stages of his study period he worked 15 hours a week with a client with an acquired brain injury; Marcus’s responsibilities included organising  activities with the client, getting him out and out in the community  aiming to build his confidence and improve social skills.

Marcus really enjoyed the job and although he had never been a support worker before, the role supported his placements, especially in the neurological field. His position with SFI offered good flexibility, work experience, training and support.

Marcus’s experience as a Support Worker gave him a real insight to care on the front line and enabled him to secure a fantastic new job working in the Trafford NHS. His new role will give Marcus the opportunity to work as a Band 5 Physiotherapist in a rotational post.

Marcus is excited about his new post and is ready to hit the ground running, he said one of the things that surprised him about his Support Worker role was to never underestimate the importance of communication, a skill he will utilise in his career going forward.

“As the person who spent the most time with the client, I was the main point of contact; I built a close relationship with him [the client], I was involved in reporting progress on the client’s care plan, helping set goals and making decisions. I was responsible for completing the paperwork to a high standard and feeding back information to the Case Managers, Therapists, Solicitors and other people involved in the client’s care during the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings.

These skills helped me adopt a number of different communication techniques, not just for the MDT meetings but also when working with a client with a brain injury. I changed my style and approach to encourage the client to go out and try new activities where initially they may have been reluctant”.

At school Marcus was into sport and watching the physio run on to the pitch during the football matches sparked an interest in the career.  Marcus knew from then he wanted to be a physio and help people. As well as his education, his time as a support worker helped build a solid foundation for a career in the care industry and his mum is also a midwife, so he grew up with a strong caring influence round him.

“The most rewarding part of this job is helping people and being able to see the difference I can make to a person’s quality of life. On my work placement I worked with  stroke patients who had disability for example lost the ability to walk; seeing them taking steps just a few weeks later was such a rewarding feeling”.

Marcus added that he thinks the NHS is one of the best institutions in the world, “it’s a wonderful thing ensuring everyone has the opportunity to receive care right at the point it’s needed, it’s not for the deprived and it’s not for the elite, it’s for everyone”.

It’s been a long journey (7 years of study/work) to get to where he is now, Marcus has developed an interest in the human brain “a fascinating thing, seeing the ability of the body and brain to recover from serious conditions such as strokes and brain injuries is amazing. In reality, not every patient will make a full recovery, but as a physio you aim to improve function, quality of life and maintain independence wherever possible.”

Keen to carry on with both his personal and professional development, Marcus is about to gain his registration with The Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).

Marcus enjoys riding his motorbike and planning biking trips with his Dad. He is a keen footballer playing for Manchester Gregorians. The team plays competitively in the premier division of the Manchester Amateur league and Marcus trains up to four times a week.

He is also busy planning his wedding to Niamh. Marcus and Niamh met at university where she was studying Human Biology and Infectious Diseases and the pair are due to marry in August 2020.

Support for Independence said “We are so proud to have had Marcus on the team. He’s been a great asset, he has so much to offer and is a natural working with people in all aspects of rehabilitation. He will be missed but we wish him a long and happy career. On behalf of everyone at Support for Independence, congratulations Marcus!”