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Leading-Edge Research and Development

In order to maintain Health Professions Council (HPC) registration, all our clinicians undertake a certain amount of Continuing Professional Development activity on an ongoing basis. In addition to this many of our clinicians have undertaken significant post-graduate training in various musculoskeletal (MSK) specialities.

Academic Excellence

A large number of clinicians have completed MSc modules and gained Post Graduate Certificates, Post Graduate Diplomas and full Masters degrees. Some of our Extended Scope Practioners (ESP's) have completed, or are in the process of completing, Doctorates. Many of our staff are studying for, or have already attained, postgraduate qualifications in the fields of physiotherapy and podiatry. Within our service, we also supervise the development of approximately fifty student physiotherapists and a small number of Occupational therapy students each year.

Specialist Expertise

As well as university post-graduate education, many of our clinicians have completed courses with the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (SOM), Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (NOI), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), McKenzie Institute, and the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), in order to specialise in a particular area of MSK assessment or treatment.

Original Research

As part of our commitment to clinical excellence and using the best evidence-based practice, several clinicians have designed and carried out a number of original pieces of research. Recent examples include:

  • Exercise classes for Osteoarthritic knees
  • Delphi study on hip labrum injuries
  • Steroid injections plus exercise is most effective short term for painful shoulders (published in the BMJ http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c3037)
  • Saline injection for Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Neurogenic claudication (awaiting publication)
  • Othoses for 1st Metatarsophalanges (MTP) joint pain (published in The Journal of Foot and Ankle research http://www.jfootankleres.com/content/3/1/17 )
  • Outcome measures for Low Back Pain
  • Systematic review on hamstring involvement in knee pain
  • Taping for shoulder pain

Recognition of our Innovation

The service has received a Health Service Journal award for our innovative work on the management of chronic conditions and unemployment. We have also  been recognised within the local healthcare community, receiving three care service awards for enhancing patient care through innovation.

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