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Unique careers event for AHPs hosted by Department of Physiotherapy

The Academic Department of Physiotherapy hosted a national conference on research careers for allied health professionals (AHPs) in collaboration with CLAHRC South London and CLAHRC East of England.

Keynote speakers included a diverse panel of senior academics from across the UK with expertise in the areas of rehabilitation, music therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry. The speakers shared their own experiences and insider knowledge on how to achieve and sustain a diverse and successful career pathway.

The event focused on showcasing opportunities, providing role models and facilitating first-rate networking opportunities for postdoctoral allied health profession researchers. Another key aim was to demonstrate the importance of self-efficiency, entrepreneurship and transferable skills in health research.

Delegates' feedback said they left feeling ‘inspired’, ‘enthused’ and enlightened’ by the speaker’s career stories and the level of honesty in which each spoke of their own career stumbling blocks and how they managed to overcome them.

Slides are available to download from the speakers. The speakers included:

  • Professor Catherine Sackley, Head of Physiotherapy, King's College London
  • Professor Marion Walker, Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Pip Logan, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Ashley Adamson, Director of Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health
  • Associate Professor Lisa Roberts, University of Southampton
  • Dr Rebecca Palmer, NIHR-HEFCE Senior Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Julian O’Kelly, Senior Research Fellow, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, East London NHS Trust
  • Sally Clough, Senior Programme Manager of Awards, NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre