Katherine Figueira

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

I have been working with children and young people since 2015, after completing my high level education in Psychomotor Rehabilitation. Since then, I have been gaining a range of experiences in Paediatrics, more specifically in clinical and community settings. Initially, I worked as a qualified Psychomotor therapist in a community setting in Portugal, supporting children with special education needs, neuro developmental disorders, motor disabilities and mental health disorders. Later in the UK, after gaining some experience working in the educational setting, I decided to return to the clinical setting and I started to work as Paediatric Multi-therapy Assistant at Kings College Hospital. My role as Multi-therapy assistant is quite unique, as I work closely with paediatric physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists supporting them to provide a multitude of clinical assessments and treatments for our young patients admitted in hospital with a variety of complex medical presentations.

What motivated you to enter paediatric care in the first place?

Working with children and their families in the acute setting is one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. I have a deep interest in children’s development and neurology. I have geared my studies and work experience to enable me to continue my career in this area. I believe that pursuing a Physiotherapy career will allow me to gain the theoretical, practical and analytical skills necessary to help people to optimise their health, wellbeing and physical function. It will offer me the opportunity to develop the confidence to make informed and competent treatment decisions for different specialties of patients. It is my ambition to continue to make the difference in the young patients and their family lifes, being by their side, making the treatments more fun and engaging and to use the best of my knowledge to advocate for them minimising the impacts of their illness.

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

As this is a full-time course, in order to attend it I had to leave my full-time job which has a big impact on my income to cover living costs. This fund will help to support my living and study costs and allow me to dedicate myself entirely to my course. The Evie Dove Foundation fund is hugely appreciated and plays an important part when encouraging people like me to follow their dreams.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

I saw a poster in a staff room at Kings’ College Hospital.

Tell us about yourself!

I have lived in London with my boyfriend since 2017. My family lives in Portugal. In my spare time, I love to spend some time with my family and friends. I love travelling and discovering new places and cultures. I love dancing, especially Latin dancing styles (e.g. salsa, bachata, etc). I like to explore my creativity and spend some time doing art and crafts, DIY. Whenever I have the opportunity I also like to swim.