Meet the team – Neil Hinde Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
How long have you been with DM Orthotics and what is your role?
I have been working for over 4 years as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
As most young boys I always dreamed of being a professional football player but when studying for my A levels it was to be a physiotherapist. Several years later an injury at work required physiotherapy rekindling that desire and I applied to Sheffield Hallam University.
What is the best thing about the job?
I love people and travelling. The job enables me to travel around the UK and abroad to meet, support and help people. Helping others is the reason I wanted to be a physiotherapist.
What have you gained from working at DM Orthotics?
I have gained great experience in working with some brilliant clinicians and always constantly learning as no two days are ever the same. I have also had the privilege to work a number of Paralympics GB athletes on the led up to Rio including para-archer Jessica Stretton and GB Boccia star David Smith.
If there was something you could do to change the industry, what would it be?
It would be nice to develop the device from the TV show Star Trek that is waved over the people, healing most health problems. But realistically I would like to improve funding in the NHS to remove the postcode lottery for treatments for many health related conditions. Covering many regions I see the impact it has on families who do not get the support they need.
Do you have any role models or people you look up to?
Brian Clough was my idol growing up. Many things have been written since his passing, good and bad, but I admired him for his understanding of team working and getting the best out of people. Often using unusual methods. Meeting him at 12 years old at a football presentation evening was the most nervous I have ever been. He presented me with a trophy, followed by ‘give us a hug son’ and bear hug! I was over the moon and didn’t wash that shirt for a long time after! A very treasured memory.
Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.
I learnt to play the guitar after seeing my friend sing and play his guitar at a party and all the ladies were sat around transfixed with him. The inspiration worked as I formed a band with some close friends to play at my wedding. Although my wife says that the only reason we got married was so that I could get a gig!
What have you always wanted to do, but never done?
I always like to travel and would love to see more of the world, whether that’s Asia, Africa or South America. There are so many places that I would like to see I will probably never see all of them.
Which is your favourite DM Orthotics product and why?
My answer is not a direct answer to the question because as the DMO products work in the same manner providing sensory and biomechanical support, I would say my favourite DMO is one that meets the needs of the individual requiring it.