British Skydiving Council Member, Former team member of NFTO
Kate has been a physiotherapist for the last 13 years. Since the Covid 19 pandemic Kate went back to work for the NHS.
Kate explains "For the last few months I worked in the Community therapy team, as an emergency responder. I visited patients in their homes who needed emergency assessment for equipment (such as hospital beds, hoists, commodes and walking aids), care packages and onward referrals to other health and social care teams. This was vital to allow them to either stay at home safely and avoid hospital admissions or if they were at the end of their life, to allow them to spend there last few days at home with their families or in familiar surroundings with the home hospice staff.
PPE is essential, I had used it before but I hadn’t expected it to cause such a challenge. Unfortunately the PPE doesn’t have steam resistance or visibility of my Cookie Helmet. So much of our communication comes from facial expressions which are so important.. It’s been difficult not to be able to give a patient a reassuring smile, or let them see a friendly face, sometimes they can’t see our eyes well when the visors steam up and you almost have to remind them there is a human behind the mask.
The community team is now back to capacity with staffing and so I have just moved onto a new role with Public Health England.
As a Skydiving community our members have done so much already by following the stay at home and stay alert messages. We can continue to contribute and I would please urge you to comply with the NHS Test and Trace Programme is you are contacted. Contract tracing will help protect you, your friends, family, the community and the NHS by containing the spread of the virus and ultimately allow us to get back to skydiving sooner"