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ExclusiveMar 22, 2021

In a Q&A for PhysioUpdate, Sean Buttner explains what his role as a digital 'NHS navigator' entails

Eleven years after graduating as a physiotherapist, Sean Buttner has a foot in two camps with DigitalHealth.London. As well as liaising with NHS healthcare staff across London on digital innovations, Sean supports six innovative digital health companies on this year's Accelerator programme. PhysioUpdate editor Ian A McMillan asks the questions.

Photo Credit: DigitalHealth.London
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Tell us about your career path

I worked in the musculoskeletal (MSK) side of physiotherapy after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010. I enjoyed my job and progressed well clinically, gaining some solid patient mileage under my belt and ultimately got to a crossroads: either to go down the advanced practice route or go into an operational management role.

When the NHS Navigator job came up ... I couldn’t resist joining. Every day I get to broaden my horizons in the wider healthcare system and make a positive impact across a wider staff and patient population [Sean Buttner]I think part of being physiotherapist is trying to solve a problem and make things better. I have al...

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