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Course offers step change for foot and ankle physios

5 June 2015 - 4:10pm

Six physio pioneers attended a prestigious course at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Stanmore, north west London.


(Left to right) Foot and ankle physiotherapists Jane Baker, Jane Hodgson, Chris Drake, Sylvia Wojciechowski, Tobias Bremer and Philippa Dolphin

All members of the Association for Foot and Ankle Physiotherapists UK, the six attended the trust’s 20th annual Stanmore course in surgery of the adult foot and ankle. It ran from 12-14 May.

Speakers gave theoretical and practical information about managing foot disorders at the course, which is popular with consultant orthopaedic surgeons and higher surgical trainees.

The CSP members were Jane Baker, Chris Drake, Tobias Bremer, Philippa Dolphin, Jane Hodgson and Sylvia Wojciechowski.

Ms Baker, a private specialist foot and ankle physiotherapist in London, told Frontline: ‘This is the first time any places have been opened to physiotherapists and we jumped at the chance to attend.

‘We covered both private and NHS advanced practitioner work in the foot and ankle speciality. It was a jam-packed programme, with lectures, networking and practical sessions.’

For her, the event highlighted the importance of collaboration between the medical and physiotherapy profession.

Mr Bremer, clinical director and lead physiotherapist at Brighton Physio Clinic, said that surgeons on the platform repeatedly stressed the importance of physiotherapy input.

‘The foot and ankle surgeons understood the importance of the pre and post-operative role of physiotherapists, which is encouraging,’ he told Frontline.

‘Several NHS surgeons mentioned how much benefit they had from working with advanced practitioners and the surgeons in private practice were asking for recommendations of foot and ankle physiotherapists in their areas.’

This type of interest is ‘clearly growing’, said Mr Bremer, suggesting physios should seize opportunities to meet referring surgeons and establish links.

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