Physiotherapist meets finance in an unusual career choice

At Connect, we actively encourage our staff to develop their skill-set and knowledge; whether this be in their current role or elsewhere within the business. Two of our core values of support and growth, highlight our commitment to the development of each and every one of our employees.

One employee who has been keen to develop his skills within the business is Hassan Daji, who joined Connect in 2014. With experience as a locum and completing junior rotations at his local trust, Hassan’s initial passion for physiotherapy came when he was just a teenager:

“After seeing my uncle suffer a stroke and the recovery he made after this, I developed a passion for physiotherapy and making a difference to people’s lives. This also went hand in hand with my keen interest in biology and has been the driving force behind my decision to pursue a career in physiotherapy.”

Since joining Connect, Hassan has worked in both the Sunderland and Newcastle West teams and operated in various locations across the North East via holiday cover sessions. Having been in this role for over a year, and with previous financial experience within a family business, Hassan expressed a keen interest in working within the finance department of Connect. With the support of Connect management and staff, Hassan was given the opportunity to split his role, spending half of his time with the finance team, alongside his normal duties in clinic. This role began in April and initially sees Hassan supervising data and finance with a view to ultimately finding a specific role within one of the teams.

We asked Hassan about his new role and his interest in the non-clinical side of the business:

“I have always been interested in the way businesses work. This influence comes from my family who have owned businesses in the food industry and real estate, and has further developed from my involvement in the book-keeping for these businesses. With the opportunity to combine physiotherapy with my interest in finance, this new role is something I am very passionate about. My previous clinical experience and knowledge of Connect’s core principles will provide a great foundation and will allow me to bring a more holistic approach to my work. All the Connect staff have been very supportive in my decision and it is clear that they care greatly about their patients and employees equally.”

As highlighted by Hassan, Connect encourage and support all employees in their decision to explore different areas of the business. In fact, it’s advertised on our internal intranet page! If employees would like to try working in a different area of the business, all they have to do is express their interest and HR will help with the transition or arrange a day of shadowing. If you would like to find out about flexible working at Connect, or for more information on all of our current opportunities, visit

Find out more