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Paul Baker – Clinical Director goPhysio

Jul 25, 2016

Paul Baker goPhysio staffHow long have you been a qualified Physiotherapist?

I’ve been a physiotherapist for nearly 20 years, qualifying in 1997 and opening goPhysio in 2001.

Why did you want to be a physio?

I was originally attracted to a career in physio for a wide variety of reasons, namely;

  • I was a keen sportsman and I participated in a wide variety of sport and exercise at school, including the Irish traditional sport of Gaelic football!
  • I was always interested in a healthcare type profession and helping people but was never keen on actually working in a hospital (hence private practice had always been my dream).
  • I wanted to have a career that used both my hands and my brain.
  • I enjoyed the fact that ‘outpatient’ physio was responsible for both the assessment and treatment of conditions and responsible for the whole patient journey from injury to recovery and involved the whole rehabilitation process.
  • My father had his own business, so I grew up around customers and business talk, so always wanted to have my own business one day.

Essentially, I was one of the lucky ones at school who always knew exactly what I wanted to do. I am very happy with my choice and creating goPhysio has realised my dream and I love being part of a profession, that 20 years later is still interesting, varied and rewarding.

So What do you do on a daily basis?

I particularly enjoy the diversity between my various clinical and non-clinical roles as Clinical Director at goPhysio. Day to day I am responsible for the clinical training of our team. I also still have a large role in continued clinical practice, and see a full list of patients every week. I am jointly responsible for the strategic business development at goPhysio and continually look at ways to improve and grow.

So ultimately my days are very varied and interesting, with many curve balls being thrown at me with the business management, whilst taking care of a wide range of interesting patients at different stages of their rehabilitation.

What’s your approach to patient care?

My philosophy is quite simple and is reflected in how we operate at goPhysio. Essentially we’ve setup the business to solve the day-to-day hassles of patients getting access to a quality physiotherapy service, at a moment’s notice.

We aim to be the first choice for local injured people, helping our patients achieve an active positive lifestyle, pain and injury free. This involves focusing and investing in our team, who in turn are best equipped to take care  of our patients, going the extra mile and keeping their promises in every interaction, optimising their recovery.

What hobbies or interest’s do you have outside work?

I love to keep active and enjoy taking on a new physical challenge! Over the years I’ve participated in a wide variety of sports for purely enjoyment & fitness, namely gaelic football, hurling, running, golf, soccer, Cross Fit, mountain biking, scuba diving, road cycling, kitesurfing, wake boarding and skiing, to name a few!

How can you help me?

Regardless of your background, lifestyle or sporting preference, I have a wide range of experience to help solve your injury problems and concerns and get you back to participating in the activities you enjoy.

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