Session 15 – Does Work Matter? with Heather Watson

Mar 08, 2015
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Session 15 – Does Work Matter? with Heather Watson

Session 15 features an interview with Heather Watson, a physiotherapist with a wealth of experience and expertise in occupational health services across all sectors. Heather and Jack discuss all things ‘work’, including how we can all better serve our patients and society to promote health, both in and out of the workplace. Heather exposes the common misconceptions around occupational health physiotherapy and even turns the tables on Jack by asking him some awkward questions that should get us all thinking.

Heather is available for mentoring, clinical consultancy and project development via the Chews Health consultancy network so please get in touch if you are considering developing your service to cater for those with work related needs. What the very modest Heather Watson fails to tell the listeners, is that she was owner and director of a very successful private practice, the service lead on a recent award winning NHS occupational health scheme and an ex-ACPOHE committee member. The lady knows her stuff and is wants to share it with YOU. enquiries and hello
Podcast Timeline:

0:00 – 1:30   Introduction
-Welcome Heather Watson

1:30 – 4:50   Who Is Heather Watson?
-What led to an interest in work related issues

-Economics A-Level…

4:50 – 10:15   Is There A Frustration With Current Physiotherapy Practice?
-No priority for patients on sick leave

-First contact is critical

-What is said in early intervention has a significant and lasting effect

10:15 – 14:55   Tips For Initial Assessments
-Identify the ‘At Risk’ patients

-Reasonable to use screening questions

-Be nosey

14:55 – 18:45   Do Work Related Issues Matter Enough
-Return to work is not related to pain

-Positive effects of work far outweigh the negatives

18:45 – 20:40   Integrating Treatments To Work Environment
-Work is like exercise

-Manage Expectations

20:40 – 25:30    Where Do Ill-Informed Beliefs Regarding Work Come From?
-Personal Experience


-Bravery Contests

25:30 – 31:00    Misconceptions of Ergonomics and Manual Handling

-Manual Handling

-Training choices

31:00 – 34:40   Recent Literature Headlines
-11.6 million working days lost due to ‘MSDs’ (Musculoskeletal Disorders)

-Leading cause of absence in the EU

-Linked to comorbidity development

34:40 – 40:25   Physiotherapy Assessments – ‘The Work Box’
-Qualify details of responsibilities

-Use it to guide objective assessments


40:25 – 44:00   Key Physio Mistakes
-Missing conversation

-Reinforcing unhelpful beliefs

44:00 – 45:40  Objective Assessments

45:40 – 52:55  Service Level Changes for Improvement
-Early access


-Private Practice

52:55 – 54:30  Assessment of Patients In Situ

54:30 – 61:00  What Are The Barriers To Returning To Work?
-Lots of waiting


-Fear, Fear and… Fear

61:00 – 63:50  Physiotherapists Can Empower Patients to Self Manage

63:50 – 68:30  Keeping Fit For Work
-Something different from work activity


68:30 – 69:35  Heather’s Plugs

69:35 – 71:25  Outro with a Hijacked Sign Off!

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Previous episodes:

Session 1 – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome with Dr Lee Herrington – Part 1

Session 2 – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome with Dr Lee Herrington – Part 2

Session 3 – The Rugby Shoulder with Dr Ian Horsley

Session 4 – Know Pain: Metaphoric Expression with Mike Stewart – Part 1

Session 5 – Know Pain: Metaphoric Expression with Mike Stewart – Part 2

Session 6 – Achilles Tendons with Seth O’Neill

Session 7 – Critical Thinking, Twitter & Manual Therapy Myths with Adam Meakins

Session 8 – Haemodynamics with Alan Taylor

Session 9 – Psychological Interventions in Physiotherapy with Dr Richard Bennett

Session 10 – Exercise Promotion with Ann Gates

Session 11 – Treating Tendons with Seth O’Neill

Session 12 – The big Kinesiology Tape Debate – ‘To KT, or not to KT’ with Paul Coker and Paul Westwood

Session 13 – A Year in Podcasts with The Physio Matters Podcast Team

Session 14 – The Unstable Concept of Core Stability with Ben Smith