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The National University Hospital (NUH) is part of an integrated Academic and Regional Health System that strives to improve the health of the community and its patients. Through integrating and tapping on strengths in clinical care, education and research, as well as partnering with the community and patients, NUH embodies a vision to inspire and empower people to achieve healthy lifestyles.
As an organisation seeking to positively impact the health of Singaporeans and its residents, NUH treats its talents as the organisation’s most important asset and resource to attain this objective. The hospital endeavours to cultivate a dynamic learning and teaching environment, where innovation and progressiveness are valued. In addition, with 13 institutions under the National University Health System (NUHS), opportunities of growth and career development abound within a culture of collaboration and teamwork.
In order to discover more about the career opportunities at NUH and its conducive nurturing environment, we chat with physiotherapist, Lim Lee Ying. A recipient of the NUHS Health Sciences Scholarship, this 25-year-old has been serving the community for three years and gives us a glimpse into her fulfilling journey thus far.
Physiotherapy is a form of physical rehabilitation that helps people afflicted by injury, illness or disability to regain their health and improve their quality of life. As one of the oldest and most established allied health professions, physiotherapy is an essential component of modern holistic healthcare.
Through a variety of treatment methods such as exercise, manual therapy, education and advice, physiotherapists aim to help patients overcome pain, regain mobility and get back to their original physical state. We also work closely with other medical professionals to ensure patients receive appropriate advice to lead happy and healthy lives.
My journey as a physiotherapist has been enriching and fulfilling. I have undergone rotations in both the inpatient and outpatient settings in different medical fields. Apart from learning practical skills and knowledge regarding physiotherapy and the medical sector, my interpersonal skills have also improved immensely due to the interaction with people every day. There is also a great sense of satisfaction when I see patients improve functionally. A simple “thank you” or a smile from them warms my heart and makes me realise the difference I have made in the lives of others.
As a physiotherapist in NUH, there are opportunities to undergo further training locally or overseas via awards such as the Academic Medicine Development Award (AMDA) or Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP). I am personally honoured to receive the HMDP award this year, and I am looking forward to an attachment training overseas with the medical team at the end of the year.
The scholarship has given me opportunities to attend networking sessions with leaders from the MOH Holdings and the various healthcare clusters. There were also events organised with fellow healthcare scholars, where we got to share and find out more about our experiences throughout the scholarship journey.
Our human resource department has a staff wellness division that looks out for our welfare. Personally, I enjoy the benefit of being able to book chalets at discounted rates, so that I can gather my family and have a barbecue every year. The organisation also promotes healthy activities within the workplace. These include group exercise sessions, health talks, workshops or interest classes which are available for us and our family to participate in.
Aspiring healthcare professionals can look forward to the camaraderie among the people in NUH. You will learn the value of teamwork and appreciate your fellow colleagues, as you work together to provide the best care we can give for our patients.
This article was first published in BrightSparks Magazine July 2018. Republished with permission from CareerBuilder Singapore.