Harry - Physiotherapy

Studied: BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy student Harry Newell shares his experience of studying at Glenside Campus and the amazing placement opportunities he took advantage of.

I chose to study Physiotherapy at UWE Bristol for a couple of reasons; firstly, it’s close to home, so I could still travel back for my part-time job. Secondly, I knew the course would include placements in and around the region.

More than just a course

Whilst learning the theory at Glenside Campus, we’ve had a lot of visiting lecturers come in to teach us, so I’ve been able to network with practitioners, researchers and professionals which has already been, and will continue to be, invaluable as I continue my education and start my career as a physiotherapist.

I’ve been involved in setting up the Physiotherapy Society and I’m a Student Rep too. Doing these two roles alongside my studies has helped me develop other skills, such as communication, organisation and teamwork. It’s skills like these that I know will be vital in the future.

Placement opportunities

By the time I finish the course, I will have taken part in six different placements. The ones I have taken part in so far have been really varied and I’ve built my skills across various different physiotherapy disciplines and learnt so much. I’ve worked on an acute respiratory ward, out in the community and in a musculoskeletal outpatient department.

Overseas placement

I even had a chance to do a three month placement at Lapin AMK, a UWE Bristol partner university in Finland, through the Erasmus programme. Whilst I was studying there, I got to work in neurological rehabilitation and in musculoskeletal. I got a great insight into the physiotherapy profession in another country and it was great to able to compare the two approaches. It really broadened my knowledge and I was able to build on and improve the practical skills I already had.

It was really interesting to experience working styles in another country and to immerse myself in another culture. I know this opportunity will be really beneficial when I’m applying for professional roles and I’m able to translate what I learnt in Finland and on my other placements to my first professional role.

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