Emma has made the most of her time at Teesside, academically, professionally, and through extra-curricular volunteering.
I wanted a profession where I was able to work with and for people – to enhance individuals’ quality of life – and to learn how this can be achieved within all the core areas that physiotherapists work in. After leaving school I worked in different healthcare settings and with their support gained a Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice in May 2011 at Teesside University. The help and guidance from everyone showed what a supportive University Teesside is, and with encouragement I felt I was confident enough to apply for my dream degree. It’s the closest university to my home, and I knew it was the best option for me.
The School of Health & Social Care has a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. The state-of-the-art facilities give students the opportunity to gain hands-on practice before clinical placement. The lecturers are all approachable, understanding and helpful, which makes studying more accessible. Modules use a range of teaching and assessment techniques; these have provided me with the transferable skills and confidence to treat patients whilst on clinical practice. I have thoroughly enjoyed my clinical placements throughout my time at Teesside.
I volunteered to be the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) class representative during my first term. All class representatives from across the North East region meet four times a year to discuss important issues, pertinent to physiotherapy students. The issues are ascended to the Student Executive Committee (SEC) and descended to all regional student members. This has opened up new doors and further opportunities, such as becoming the Student North East Regional Co-ordinator for two years and the Chair of the SEC during my final year of study. Not only has it enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the wider world of physiotherapy, but has also allowed me to develop personally and professionally.
I have enjoyed leading the SEC forward, continuing and developing the great work achieved previously. My lecturers, clinical educators and course leader have been encouraging and supportive of my extra-curricular role within the CSP and I greatly appreciate this.
I have secured a permanent band 5 rotational post at South Tees Foundation Trust. I want to continue my development as a junior physiotherapist, where I am supported in learning whilst giving the best quality care to my patients. I aim to develop my extra-curricular CPD, as I believe it broadens understanding of the wider physiotherapy profession. There are so many opportunities for physiotherapists in primary, secondary and tertiary care, you just have to find them. I’m looking forward to the prospects ahead.
Yes, Teesside University has fantastic facilities and a range of teaching methods which enhance students’ experiences and prepare them for clinical placement. My degree has given me the personal, professional and academic skills and confidence to qualify as a junior physiotherapist. The openings available as a student at the university have greatly enriched my learning experience.