A physiotherapist has completed an innovative new course that promotes collaborative working between education and therapy staff in schools.
The postgraduate diploma in collaborative working: therapy and education is run by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
It brings together education and therapy staff with the aim of improving the support available to schoolchildren with additional needs.
Anke Baillie, a specialist physiotherapist at NHS Lothian based in a special school, recently completed the part-time, two-year course.
She said the course appealed because it ‘ticked all the boxes’.
‘I’m already working in a school environment and have to collaborate with academic and healthcare professionals all the time.
‘The course has definitely been a boost; it’s helped me be much more confident and given me a stronger evidence base to work from when I’m dealing with academic staff,’ said Ms Baillie.
The course was developed by Queen Margaret University’s Child Inclusion: Research into Curriculum, Education and Learning (CIRCLE) Collaboration, a practice/academic partnership funded by the City of Edinburgh council.
Cathleen Hunter, a physiotherapist working as a research practitioner, helps to facilitate the postgraduate course.
It is designed for those working with children who need help from a therapist while at school, Ms Hunter explained. For example, a pupil with cerebral palsy might require physiotherapy.
‘Physiotherapists are also learning about collaborative working and the barriers to collaboration,’ she added.
Further information can be found at the Queen Margaret University website: www.qmu.ac.uk.
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