Shane Bohan relocated from Ireland to study Physiotherapy at Teesside joining Irish friends who were already here.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
What are you doing now?
I am working as a Junior Physiotherapist at the North Tees University Hospital in Stockton.
Why did you choose to study at Teesside?
I am from County Leitrim in Ireland and came to Teesside after recommendations from friends who had previously studied physiotherapy and occupational therapy at the University, or who were already there. There is a little Irish community in Middlesbrough. I helped set up the University’s Gaelic Football team and became captain, keeping the game going!
What was special about your course?
Getting a first-class BSc (Hons) degree and the Valerie Lord Prize. I’m absolutely delighted by the prize, it’s unexpected and a fantastic honour. I’d like to thank all my family and friends who were always there when I needed them. Physiotherapy is my ideal profession and I really enjoyed the placements offered by the degree, getting out into different environments.
During my degree I worked as a physiotherapist for Disability Sports England, a branch of the special olympics, including work at the youth games in Gateshead and Manchester.
What other experience have you had?
I heard about the charity Aid for Romania through the aunt of my girlfriend Danielle Mason, a Teesside forensics student. Through the charity I worked voluntarily as a physiotherapist twice yearly, treating children in Romanian orphanages who have downs syndrome or cerebral palsy. I also treated families away from the orphanages in open clinics, held for those who were unable to pay for hospital fees.
Working in Romania can be quite upsetting but also an unbelievable experience, knowing you’re making a difference. The appreciation you get from families is just amazing, I also sponsored one family to help them with their lives.