For the last 20 years we have been providing clinical placements for undergraduate physiotherapy students on the Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) and MSc pre-registration degree courses from 6 universities.
Undergraduate clinical placements are usually for 5 or 6 weeks at a time. Unlike the NHS, we consider it inappropriate for these students to have their own patient lists when treatment is being directly paid for by the patients.
From the student’s perspective, this means that they always work with their Clinical Educator (The Stort Physio clinical team). In this way, they have constant access to all the specialist knowledge that we provide instead of learning mainly by practising on patients.
Within these courses, students have to complete 1000 hours of clinical placements. This is a quarter of the whole course and it is a specified requirement of being able to joint the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) - our professional body. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the universities to find enough placements within the NHS hospitals given the financial and time constraints. We feel our participation as Clinical Placement Providers will benefit the physiotherapists of the future and ultimately, the patients.
GENERAL INFORMATION for students
We start at 9 am and finish at 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays
Lunch is between 1 and 2pm
Bring your lunch with you, or there are a number of sandwich/baguette shops a short drive away.
There is free parking on site
We are about a mile from the mainline railway station
Read up on the spine, sacro-iliac joint dysfunctions and Interferential Therapy in particular as we see a lot of patients with spinal problems and nearly everyone has IFT included in their treatment programme (we seldom use IFT for pain relief alone!)
Patient appointments are not limited by time, so you will have as much time as required to carry out detailed subjective and objective examinations. Our clinical staff are here to help you - and the patients, understand precisely what is going on and how we can best treat the condition.
As you will see from other pages in this website, we do not have individual lists of patients. This means that patients, and students, will have access to a multi-disciplinary team. In other words, we use everybody’s expertise to get the best results we can for our patients.
Sometimes patients do not want to see students. This is their choice and they may just feel uncomfortable discussing their problems with a student. Please don’t take it personally!
The clinical philosophy of Stort Physio is heavily based in Orthopaedic Medicine (Cyriax), pain management as per Butler and Moseley (Explain Pain, Sensitive Nervous System etc) and we use many of Prof Stuart McGill’s exercises and approaches to Spinal Stabilisation.
Post graduate Physiotherapists
This teaching element is an exciting new development for the coming years. It will include post graduate courses run by our clinical staff, UK specialist and internationally renowned physiotherapists.
The underpinning concept is to teach the methods and techniques employed at Stort Physio. Ultimately these will be taught alongside those of leading physiotherapists from around the world. The Headaches and Migraines seminars with Dean Watson were started 4 years ago and we hope to develop and expand these in 2016.