A passion for her work

The communications team has interviewed many people over the years – but none have been more passionate and enthusiastic about their work than Vicky Lambert, Acting Manager of Greenwich Community Health Services’ Children’s Physiotherapy Team.

In fact Vicky, who at only 31, is presently running a team of 15 staff treating a caseload of some 400 children said: “I suppose I am career driven. I am very passionate about my work. I love the job and can’t imagine waking up in the morning and not looking forward to coming to work.”

Before her current elevation – because of a colleague’s maternity leave – Vicky’s job title was Highly Specialist Children’s Physiotherapist. A dog lover, Vicky has a Boxer called Molly, she explained her work further: “We provide comprehensive and timely intervention for children up to the age of 19 registered with a Greenwich GP or that attend a Greenwich school.

“The children we see have a condition affecting their movement, posture or development of physical skills. The service offers specialist advice on equipment and activities that can assist the child; programmes of activities for the child and their carers to follow in familiar settings and blocks of intervention targeted at the attainment of particular goals that have been set jointly with the child and their family.”

Vicky, who lives in the Dartford area, has spent 10 years in the NHS, also gives up a good chunk of her free time to helping disabled children get involved in sport. This happens at a Saturday Club at Eltham Foundation School, formerly Eltham Green School. Vicky explained: “The club runs during school term time after we managed to get funding from the Sports Unlimited charity to get us started, though now we are self funding.”

Vicky has also done a lot of work with Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Annually she helps arrange for a group of 25 children to take part in sporting events which include wheelchair football and wheelchair basketball. She went on: “This is a brilliant four-day Paralympics residential event where disabled children from the London Olympic host boroughs, of which Greenwich is one, send children to take part in events like archery, football and volleyball.”

Full of praise for her workmates that include: physiotherapists; technicians (physio’s assistants) and administration staff, Vicky said: “None of what I do would be possible without the hard work and passion displayed by my colleagues. They frequently go above and beyond the call of duty to give the best service possible to the children and families they work with.”

Published on 24th June 2011