David Walker, podiatrist
"During my time studying sports science I developed a real interest in the lower limb, and more specifically the rehabilitation and biomechanics of the foot and ankle.
"I've always been interested in healthcare but chose podiatry because it allows me to immerse myself into one particular field and get a deeper understanding of how the muscles, bones and joints of the feet and lower limb interact and move.
"My journey started as an undergraduate in Glasgow and, after graduating in 2015, I moved to London. When the opportunity arose to work for Guy's and St Thomas', I could not say no as I knew of the Trust's reputation for clinical excellence and being world famous for research.
"Now I am part of this I am witnessing the reputation first hand with their belief in evidence-based practice and in the innovative and forward thinking services. Even though are we one of the largest and busiest Trusts in the country, the quality of care we provide for our patients is still paramount.
"One of the main factors behind my decision to join this Trust was the job and development opportunities. I have started my MSc in podiatric surgery and receive support in terms of study leave and some funding. This has allowed me to develop my skills and undergo highly specialised learning which not only advances my personal career, but contributes to the common good.
"My role sees me working within the community podiatry service and in the acute aspect of foot health. No day is the same and this variety is one of the most exciting things about the job.
"As well as seeing a different range of patients and conditions, I have had the opportunity to work within the multi-disciplinary team and in a wide-range of the different clinical services within podiatry.
"I am fortunate enough to be part of an exceptional team of supportive colleagues with a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise, and through my within the Trust I like that I am able to make more of an impact than I would have ever expected."