New neurological physiotherapy clinic to open at RGU

16/04/2024
Aberdeen, Scotland

ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY (RGU) has been awarded £10,000 by NHS Grampian Charity to launch a new student-led physiotherapy clinic designed to cater for people with neurological conditions.

Based at RGU’s Garthdee campus, the clinic has capacity for approximately 12 people with each patient entitled to a block of weekly sessions. Over the course of 40 weeks, the clinic will benefit around 80 people with neurological conditions living in and around Aberdeen to access rehabilitation.

Not only will the new clinic help patients, but it will also give physiotherapy students vital experience ahead of moving into their careers within the health and physio industry.

Donna Wynne, Associate Dean for Academic Development and Student Experience at RGU, said: “We are very grateful to NHS Grampian Charity for this generous funding which allows us to commence this service and I’m sure both patients and our physiotherapy students will benefit greatly going forward.

“To be given the chance to make a positive impact on a specific group of patients with their own rehabilitation needs is a fantastic privilege and we cannot wait to meet our first cohort of people coming to the clinic.

“It also offers students the ideal opportunity to work directly with patients and use the skills they learned to excellent use before going on to make significant impact in their chosen field upon graduating.”

Lisa Duthie, NHS Grampian Charity Lead, said: “We are excited to support the new student-led physiotherapy clinic at RGU through our Community Grants Programme.

“Exercise plays an important role in the rehabilitation of many neurological conditions, and we know this clinic will be a fantastic resource for Grampian.

“Not only will patients with neurological conditions benefit from vital physiotherapy services which might otherwise be inaccessible to them, but it will also provide important hands-on experience for future physiotherapists.”

The first clinic will run at RGU’s campus in Garthdee in May. Anyone interested in taking part can find out more by emailing exerciseclassshs@rgu.ac.uk for more information.

Last year, Physiotherapy at RGU ranked overall first in Scotland and third in the UK for its discipline while also being top in the UK for student satisfaction and both graduate prospect measures.

Its existing professional physiotherapy clinic has been actively supporting students and the community for many years, providing a comprehensive range of therapies, evidence-based treatments and advice to help reduce symptoms and minimise disruption to the everyday life of clients.

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