Kingston and St George’s – Rehabilitation sciences education

The rehabilitation sciences courses at Kingston
and St George’s are split into two. One is the pre-registration physiotherapy courses,
one of which is three years the other of which is two years and that’s the MSC, so BSC and
MSC and then there are two programmes which are for the existing workforce and that’s
the MSC rehabilitation, which is primarily for those working within the health sector,
and there is the MSC applied exercise for health which is tailored more towards the
public health sector and is around the increase in physical activity which needs to be encouraged
within society, more around the prevention agenda rather than the treatment of people
who have already got existing illness. We’re really proud of our programmes here
at Kingston and St George’s, 90 per cent of our graduates are employed within six months of them qualifying
and that’s either as qualified physiotherapists or within a healthcare role that’s related
to the course that they’ve studied. We’ve got all the equipment and facilities
that students will need to enhance their learning. We have simulation mannequins which we can
set up to look like patients, perhaps in an intensive care setting, and we can practice
some of those more advanced physiotherapy techniques that we would use on the simulation
mannequins. I chose to study physio at Kingston and St
George’s because the course itself is known for hands-on and practical teaching so the
students are really prepared by the end of their course and they already are the practitioners
that they’re expected to be by the end. I chose to study physiotherapy because I want
to help people to get a better quality of life by helping them improve their physical
function. In our first term here we do something called
the inter-professional foundation programme where we get to learn with students from other
disciplines such as medicine, biochemistry, healthcare science and that’s really good
and we get split down into smaller groups to do clinical skills and case based learning. And then there are the existing workforce
post graduate development programmes, there’s the MSC rehabilitation and the MSC applied
exercise for health. Students on the applied exercise for health
course will be able to use their assignment and assignments as a skills trial for pitching
later on or for the sort of things that they will need to do in their professional lives. The exciting bit, and a bit of a challenge
as well, will be something that is completely profession specific for those students. We’re assessed very differently in our industry
in comparison to education. Coming in from the leisure industry into a clinical background
is a real amazing experience and it gives you the opportunity to really improve your practice
as, like a practitioner yourself, it gives you such a different approach and it gives
you the ability to even be a little more professional, so real life people only can make a really
big difference. I do research into people, rehabilitation
strategies for people with neuro-muscular conditions. I also have a role here where
I do teach on the undergraduate physiotherapy course. Since I’ve finished my PhD I’ve been
continuing to look at rehabilitation strategies to allow people to be able to function better
and walk without falling and tripping and looking at physical activity and exercise
as well. We have a lot of group discussions, a lot
of tutorials, and the students bring up different experiences and therefore you have different
viewpoints of different subjects and it gets people to think in different ways. I like the contact with people I liked hearing their stories, hearing about their lives and I like to make a difference in their
lives as well. I find that quite enjoyable and rewarding.

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