I work in three practices, and patients often ask if that’s “normal”. As osteopathy generally isn’t available on the NHS, clinics are typically small businesses that can’t provide 8 hours of patients, 5 days a week for a new practitioner. Unless you’re taking over a list from someone, you’re unlikely to find full time work in one place. Even if you’re setting up your own clinic, you’re probably going to want to work for someone else to pay the bills while you build a reputation and therefore a list of patients.
In my last post I mentioned that osteopathy is a small world. I had shadowed Nick at the Burton Road Clinic in fourth year as part of one of the modules, and spoken to The Village Osteopaths at the same time but not managed to fit in shadowing. After I got my results and sorted out moving to Manchester, I sent emails to ask if there was any work going, and after a chat with both principal osteopaths, I had a start date. I found the vacancy at Leek through a post that Helen had put on an osteopathy facebook group. (more…)