Evie is part of our allied health professionals here at
#TeamCDDFT and she has kindly shared her return to practice
My name is Ewelina Oborska (Evie). I work as a band 5
physiotherapist for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
Trust (CDDFT), at Darlington. Let me take you through my story
which begins in 2011.
I graduated as a physiotherapist in Poland - 5 years of study
finalised, a dream come true for a newly graduated AHP.
The next steps weren't that obvious in my case.
My husband was already abroad, working as electrical engineer in
the UK. I decided to join him. Unfortunately, my English was not up
to scratch. Physiotherapy in Poland was not a regulated medical
profession at this time so I didn't have a PIN number and my only
experience came from study placement.
Due to my circumstances, I decided to look for a job as a HCA. I
worked in health care residential/nursing institutions for few
years until I applied for a job in the NHS. I tried to find a job
as a physiotherapy assistant but was unsuccessful.
I joined CDDFT in 2015, starting as an ophthalmology band 2 HCA.
I worked with a lovely team and gained extraordinary
In 2019, I decided to come back to physiotherapy. At this time I
had two children and a HCA job, and I applied for a band 3
physiotherapy assistant post in the stroke service. Although I was
not successful, I was offered a band 2 physiotherapy assistant job
instead which I accepted and begun my dream journey.
After a few months on the stroke ward, I gained enough
experience and progressed to a band 3 physiotherapy assistant role
in the inpatient service.
From the beginning, I was encouraged and supported by CDDFT to
apply for HCPC physiotherapist registration. As physiotherapy was
finally regulated as a medical profession in Poland, I applied for
my Polish PIN number.
I contacted an agency "ABRAM" which supports international HCPC
registration in the UK. Being helped and guided, I gained my UK
HCPC registration in October 2020.
CDDFT offered me a developmental temporary post as a band 5
physiotherapist in the frailty service, at Bishop Auckland
Hospital. They are fantastic people, and I found it to be an
amazing experience and their support and teaching allowed me to
gain more confidence.
In November 2021, I got my permanent rotational band 5
physiotherapist post. I moved to the orthopaedic ward where I am
still today and supported by an amazing team and leaders.
Although the road was bumpy and stressful, with a lot of
determination and passion, I was finally given a chance to begin my
professional physiotherapy career.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all CDDFT
physiotherapists for their guidance, knowledge and patience. I am
extremely proud to work with you and have a chance to improve the
lives of the patients we care for.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community