I’ve been pretty quiet recently....and it’s been a pretty stressful time! So on Friday last week I had my PhD viva... this is the end point to 3.5 years of work and essentially involved sitting in front of 2 examiners and ‘defending’ my thesis for over 3 hours .... it was as scary as it sounds! The good news.... I survived...! The better news... I passed... with minor corrections.... which is pretty much the standard.... essentially I can now call myself a Dr.... but need to make a few changes before it’s officially signed off....
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel.... and apart from relief, I can’t say I feel any different... and essentially I’m not.... the last 3.5 years have been a massive learning curve that have made me a better physio.... so I can do more to help my patients, but does being able to call myself Dr change my abilities as a physio.... nope.... I will continue to grow and develop as a physio to ensure that I continue to provide the best care I can for my patients.
Onwards, upwards! :)
The CSP help to highlight the importance of rehab at Xmas..... https://www.facebook.com/301473906627881/posts/1799408213501102?sfns=0
Great article about the importance of exercise in the management of arthritis and the fear that people have about pain being a reason to stop exercising!
Read the full article here
A great report by the NIHR showing that investing in physiotherapy services can effectively improve outcomes for in a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic knee joint pain and low back pain. As such, it suggests that physiotherapy should be a core treatment provided to people with musculoskeletal conditions.
See the full report here - https://www.dc.nihr.ac.uk/themed-reviews/research-into-physiotherapy-for-musculoskeletal-conditions.htm
I’ve always struggled to help people with motor neurone when they have problems with head control. Standard orthotics and braces never seem to work... this looks amazing.... https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/revolutionary-neck-support-collar-now-available-on-the-nhs-for-people-with-motor-neuron-disease/8583
bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/6/e018977A great paper from a friend and colleague of mine on how people with dementia can be involved in decisions about their care