Jill Absolon

Paediatric Physiotherapist

How long have you worked at Therapy Stars?

12 months.

Relevant Industry Experience:

I have over 30 years of experience as a Paediatric Physiotherapist which began at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 1984. Since 1986 I have worked as a Community Paediatric Physiotherapist. I have experience in Early Years, Community, Special Schools and Long Term Conditions including Children and young people with Life Limiting Conditions

Relevant Industry Accomplishments:

I have been a Clinical Lead for the Early Years Team and also, more recently, Special Schools and Long Term Conditions. I managed the team of Paediatric Physiotherapists working in Special Schools prior to retiring in March 2021. I was nominated for a Care and Compassion Award to celebrate 70 years of the NHS

Relevant Industry Qualifications:

Associateship in Physiotherapy 1982 from Sheffield City. Polytechnic Member of the HCPC since 1982.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I have a passion to provide advice, support and to signpost families along a journey that they had never expected to walk to maximise their child’s potential despite their diagnosis.

What do you enjoy about working for Therapy Stars?

Working for Therapy Stars has given me increased opportunities to continue to share my knowledge and experience gained throughout my career in the NHS. Sian enables us to work as autonomous practitioners however, she is readily available to offer us supervision and training opportunities to compliment our skills. The team are very respectful of each other and we understand each other’s roles and responsibilities when we are working together. This is very evident during the Hydrotherapy Service that Sian has had a passion for and worked tirelessly to set up.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love the outdoors including skiing, walking and cycling. Travelling once Covid allows. When indoors I have recently learnt how to Quilt. I also knit, crochet and sew. Covid 19 has also directed me to jigsaws. My first granddaughter plays a huge part in my life.

If you weren’t in your current job role/career, what would you be?

I would be a carer- I was redeployed during the pandemic as a Health Care Assistant in a local Cottage Hospital supporting the elderly and end of life patients.

What is your hidden talent?

I used to compete in Ballroom and Latin American dancing – it’s hidden very well now!

Brief Biography:

I was born in Newport- South Wales. My mum was a nurse. I was always keen to know what mum had done at work and this led me to a career in the NHS. I was very sporty, playing netball, and thus I thought training as a physiotherapist would be right for me. I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1982 and within 2 years I knew that being a Paediatric Physiotherapist would be for me. I moved to Shropshire in 1986 to work in the Community and have remained here since then. Working for a Community Health Trust for nearly my whole career led me into a management role however, working directly with the families is what drives me to be the best physiotherapist that I can be. I have never regretted my choice of career which is why I continue to work being semi retired. I have loved seeing Therapy Stars grow and develop and in January 2019 I opened our clinic space in Penley. Our latest new service has been our Hydrotherapy service which was launched in June 2021.