BCOM is delighted to welcome physiotherapy students from St Georges and Brunel University.
This placement is part of a Health Education England initiative where osteopathy and physiotherapy students learn from one another and this is to also encourage closer working relationships between the Allied Health Professions.
Whilst at BCOM, the physiotherapy students will learn about the in depth knowledge and experience required to be an osteopath and will also have an opportunity to observe our students treating patients our busy Clinic.
Matthew Rogers, Head of Professional Development of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO, who facilitated the project said:
“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”.
The 7-month pilot began in April and will initially see physiotherapy students start a five-week placement with a second cohort being welcomed by osteopathic colleges in the summer.
To understand the impact of the pilot, the National Council for Osteopathic Research will be conducting interviews with all the students and institutions involved, the findings of which will be published in a report expected in the latter part of 2021.