Oxford Brookes University has extended a continuing professional development programme, normally only available for undergraduates, to qualified physiotherapists.
The series of short study days use strategic health authority funding that became surplus due to a reduction in undergraduate places. Rather than withdraw the money, the SHA allowed the university to offer a series of modular courses to qualified physios in the region, which included therapeutic handling, evidence-based practice and respiratory sessions. This year the university has been allowed to extend the events from six months to the full year. There will also be new courses aimed at more senior staff, as well as for those in bands 5 and 6. Katy Baines, Oxford Brookes senior lecturer in physiotherapy and CPD lead, said that SHA funding was usually only available to qualified staff undertaking postgraduate qualifications such as masters programmes. ‘But not everyone wants to do masters programmes; a lot of people just want to do study days,’ she said. The programme has been linked with the CSP’s Accreditation of Clinical Educators scheme, giving credits towards becoming a clinical educator. And this year, for the first time, Oxford Brookes offered 10 places at CSP Congress through a prize draw, as part of the CPD funding. Katy Baines added that discussions were underway with the SHA on the programme’s long-term future. ‘We hope it can continue, even if the full quota of undergraduate places is filled, because it has proved a success,’ she said.
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