News Gymnast Polly Bounces Back



Gymnast Polly bounces back
22nd December 2017

By Karen Pickwick
A former gymnast has a bright future at a Lancashire vets after defying medical odds when an horrific car crash left her in a coma.
Polly Rickards has climbed the career ladder and been promoted to the key role of practice manager at Heywood Vets, despite being told by doctors that she was unlikely to ever walk again. 
Polly, who was a gymnast and managed a restaurant along the River Thames, emigrated to France with her husband in 2006, but they were involved in a road accident just days after the move, leaving her in a critical coma.
After six months of determination and intensive care, Polly was back on her feet and had her sights set on a new challenge. She moved back to the UK with her husband, where she joined Heywood Vets in 2009 in a part-time, admin role. 
Over the next eight years, Polly flourished in her position and, with support from the practice team, steadily increased her role responsibilities, gaining invaluable experience and confidence.   
“After the accident, I had been out of work for a very long time which had a huge effect on my confidence,” she said. “I was determined to get back into work and the friendly, supportive environment Heywood Vets offer, seemed to be the perfect place to start.
“When I started eight years ago in an admin role, I could never have imagined I would be able to rise up through the ranks and be where I am today. I am honoured to have been presented with this opportunity to lead such a fantastic team.
“The support I have had from Heywood Vets’ team, has been an unquestionable factor in my success. If it wasn’t for that, I would never have considered that I could do the job in the first place”. 
Polly said: “I am very excited about my new role and have already started to make my mark. 
“Overseeing a team of 12, I am very aware of how important it is to look after staff and ensure a healthy work/life balance. Several members of the team desperately needed their hours to be revised and by doing this I have found both productivity and staff morale have been boosted.
“Moving forward, I am keen to continue to develop my team on both a personal and professional level, helping them to recognise their abilities, in reflection of the support that I had myself. 
“By having a happy and confident team, I can ensure we continue to provide the best possible level of care and service to our clients.”  
Heywood Vets joined VetPartners in October.