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Pictured are vicky Jones, Noreen Dockery and
Claire Igoe at the RCSI gathering Physiotherapy
Higher Education Forum
EDUCATION, TEACHINg & LEARNINg - RCSI School of Physiotherapy
and NUIM, respectively, as part of
the 3U Partnership, investigating the
development of a mobile application
for patients with vestibular disease.
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with the Antenna and High Frequency
Research Centre, at DIT Kevin Street,
in an SFI funded project, on the effect
of a novel footwear telemetry antenna
system (FTA) on the spatiotemporal
characteristics of gait in an elderly
population at a low risk of falls and gait
or running in normal subjects.
Other collaborations include a study to
evaluate fall events after stroke, which
is being conducted with the Dublin
Academic Teaching Hospitals (Mater,
St vincent's, Tallaght, St James's and
Beaumont) hospitals.
School of Physiotherapy and the
Gathering
The School of Physiotherapy played
a full part in the success of the
gathering 2013 event held by RCSI
from September 12 to September 14
2013. The School of Physiotherapy
was one of a number of Schools that
hosted break out parallel sessions at
the International Education Forum,
which took place as part of the event
on September 13. Several RCSI School
of Physiotherapy Alumni were invited
to present on both research and clinical
topics. The School's keynote speaker
was Professor Karen Harrison, Emeritus
Professor of Physiotherapy Education
at Coventry University, and a former
External Examiner to both the RCSI
undergraduate and postgraduate
physiotherapy programmes. The
distinguished line up of speakers
also included Aisling Brennan,
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in
Musculoskeletal Triage in Tallaght
Hospital, Dublin; Sarah Rand, Specialist
Physiotherapist in Cystic Fibrosis
in great Ormond Street Hospital,
London; and Dr Ailish Malone, Senior
Physiotherapist in gait Analysis at the
gait Laboratory, Central Remedial Clinic,
Clontarf.
Awareness, engagement and support
In November 2013, Ms Fiona Daly,
Practice Education Co-ordinator,
addressed the Irish Society of Chartered
Physiotherapists conference in Kerry on
the topic of the constructivist approach
to teaching.
Dr Helen French and Ms Louise Keating,
Lecturers in the School of Physiotherapy
launched a physiotherapy support
initiative, in June 2014, with the aim of
assisting RCSI's Breakers team in their
preparation for the great Pink Run in aid
of Breast Cancer Ireland. The initiative
commenced with a lecture entitled "From
Shin Splints to Stress Fracture: RCSI
Breakers' guide to Staying Injury Free."
At RCSI's first week long `Surgical
Bootcamp' for the new intake of surgical
trainees in July 2013, Louise Keating,
Lecturer in Physiotherapy, presented
a workshop highlighting the incidence
of musculoskeletal complaints arising
from the occupational demands of
surgery and providing details of self-care
strategies for surgeons.
The launch of the Alumni Mentor
Network, an interactive portal linking
RCSI alumni and students, has been
extremely successful in enhancing
productive online mentorship by
School of Physiotherapy alumni.
the school of
physiotherapy
increased the number
of primary care
placements during the
year in recognition of
the increasing need for
the delivery of health
care in the community
setting.