"After several years of practising, I had many clinical questions that remained unanswered. I felt that the King's programme could perhaps answer some of these."
Modules in biomechanics, physiology, pain and neuroscience were appealing, and the thought of combining this knowledge with expert manual therapy training in practice was the best combination in my eyes.
Manual therapy has always been a large part of my practice and so the opportunity to analyze and rebuild it through the MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) pathway was an obvious choice for me. The MACP accreditation gave me confidence that the education I was receiving was of a particular standard. I was certain that the programme would open many career pathways by developing me as a general clinician and giving me the tools to apply what I have learned in any setting.
Whilst it is a taught programme, there is strong emphasis on self-directed learning and research to supplement the taught aspects. Furthermore the structure of the coursework and examination further developed my ability to critically appraise. Outside of sport and within my role as a clinician in private practice, my clients generally comment on and appreciate my ability to explain in detail. The programme’s strong academic foundations contributed to this but the examination pathway involving essays, practical exams, written exams and presentations also developed my ability to communicate my knowledge. Since completing the course I have supervised students and I now lead the in-service programme in my current role.
The manual therapy, clinical practice and exercise rehabilitation prescription modules developed the practical side of my skills. I learned new techniques, developed and improved those I was familiar with, and got the chance to use and justify my methods with modern paradigms under supervision and assessment.
I have always wanted to work in a sporting environment and completing the programme assisted with me getting into such a role. My enhanced clinical skills have resulted in the progression of my post and responsibilities, faster than I could have expected. In sporting environments, athletes expect to have the very best care. It is safe to say that my education at King's has not only enhanced my clinical application but also my ability to practice effectively with great confidence.