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Q&A with Dr Chris Baguley – Clinical Director of Rehabilitation

Dr Chris Baguley gives an insight into what it’s like to work in rehabilitation at Peninsula Health and shares why he enjoys working in a subacute environment.

Dr Chris Baguley at the Hydrotherapy Pool at Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre.

Name: Dr Christopher Baguley

Job Title: Clinical Director of Rehabilitation at Peninsula Health

What does a typical day in your job involve?

My job is half clinical and half administration, and I fill in on the wards for the other Rehab Physicians when they’re on leave, so every day is different. Most days I’d usually have either a ward round, outpatient clinic or a session of assessing patients for rehab admission, and then have one, two or three meetings. My calendar is fairly hectic!

Why did you decide to specialise in rehabilitation?

There were two major aspects that I found (and continue to find) rewarding about rehabilitation – one was being able to spend more time with patients and their families in subacute compared to acute medicine. The other factor was the strong team environment in rehabilitation, with less of a medical/nursing focus, and each member of the team being critical to getting good results for all our patients.

What do like best about your job?

Working in a great team and getting excellent outcomes for our patients. The admin aspect means I also get more time to be involved in making improvements to our services.

What is one of your most memorable moments working in rehabilitation at Peninsula Health?

One recent memorable achievement by our team was the management of a patient who was essentially wheelchair bound due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and lower limb spasticity and contractures. After treatment with Botulinum toxin (Botox), serial casting, and intensive rehabilitation she is now able to walk and is continuing to make progress through outpatient rehabilitation. Our best results for patients are usually achieved with motivated patients at the centre of our multidisciplinary teams.

One Comment

  1. Kate MaRae Dec 30 2016

    Hi Chris, great to hear your insights into sub acute – my passion – where we can really make person centred care a reality.
    Kind regards