The UCO is very pleased to welcome two MSc Physiotherapy students from St. George's, University of London, and six BSc Physiotherapy students from London South Bank University as they undertake a five-week clinical observation placement at the UCO teaching clinic. The placement, which is part of a Health Education England initiative, is a fantastic opportunity for osteopathy and physiotherapy students to learn from one another and to foster closer working relationships between the Allied Healthcare Professions.
During their placement the visiting students will gain a valuable insight into clinical practice, observing the work of their osteopathic counterparts, benefitting from the knowledge and experience of the UCO's clinical team and experiencing the day-to-day running of a busy clinic environment.
Luciane Alberto, who is coordinating the placement on behalf of the UCO says:
“The UCO Clinic is very well established and serves a diverse patient population, offering students of the UCO a fantastic environment in which to develop their clinical skills during their studies. We are pleased to be able to share this with students from St George's and London South Bank University and hope they will find their time with us rewarding. We are really excited about the potential to work more closely with other AHPs and healthcare educators and believe an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare is of real benefit to patients."
The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) are facilitating the project. Matthew Rogers, Head of Professional Development at the iO says:
“This pilot is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about osteopathic practice amongst the next generation of AHPs, dispelling many of the myths that linger about the profession. It will also give osteopathic students first-hand experience of other AHPs, and the potential for interdisciplinary working, that will provide them increased opportunities to work in different settings once they graduate”.