5 minutes with... Andrew Cuff, Consultant Physiotherapist
Today, we’re giving Andrew Cuff an official welcome to our Clinical Advisory Board. Andrew is our dedicated Consultant Physiotherapist and has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. We decided to take a moment to get to know him and his role here at Speed Medical a little better.
1. What is your role on the Clinical Advisory Board?
My background is predominantly working in the NHS system as a Clinician within a Tier 2 Musculoskeletal Service. Having worked as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (APPs) in this setting for a number of years, I began to move into leadership roles. I initially led two teams of APPs and General Practitioners with Special Interest (GPwSI) before becoming Clinical Lead for the entirety of two Musculoskeletal Services (Tier 1 and Tier 2).
My role on the board is to use this experience in relation to leadership, governance and pathway design, as well as my clinical insight in order to improve the service Speed Medical provides.
2. Which area of physiotherapy do you specialise in?
My speciality is in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal conditions. However, I still consult on all areas of the body with my specialist interests being in the shoulder, elbow and ‘red flags’.
3. What made you want to pursue a career in physiotherapy?
I initially wanted to be a professional footballer (who didn’t?). When I realised Man United weren’t informed enough to recognise my talent, I thought physiotherapy was the best chance to get into the Premier League! Ironically, sport is a setting I’ve not worked in and hasn’t interested me since qualifying.
4. What has been the greatest moment of your career so far?
The greatest moment of my career so far would have been 2018 as a whole. I was successful in receiving a PhD studentship at Keele University and was invited to speak at the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS), British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) and European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) annual scientific meetings – very humbling.
5. What’s the most rewarding area of your work?
I really enjoy being in a clinical leadership position; the opportunity to inform and shape clinical delivery to help improve patient outcomes (as well as being able to work clinically within these pathways) is really rewarding.
Seeing someone progress from struggling with their health to achieving their goals – and everything in between – is great. To help other clinicians facilitate this process with their patients, and in turn seeing them learn and develop is also highly rewarding.
6. What has been your greatest personal achievement?
I once built an IKEA bookcase without swearing!
7. If you wrote an autobiography, what would it be called?
All I do is win.
Welcome to the team, Andrew! We look forward to working with you and seeing the great impact you’ll have on our Clinical Advisory Board.
Read more about our Clinical Advisory Board here.