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The School recognises the need
to remain proactive to changes in
healthcare provision and the evolving
role of physiotherapy practice. It
also appreciates the pivotal role of
research and a sound evidence base,
in underpinning professional and
educational developments.
Five year strategic plan
The School of Physiotherapy's five-year
strategic plan was launched in May 2014.
There have been several key advances
since the strategy's implementation.
The Irish Society of Chartered
Physiotherapists' (ISCP) re-accreditation
of the RCSI BSc Physiotherapy
programme took place on September
22 and 23, 2014. During a two-day visit,
the ISCP accreditation team, consisting
of national and international academic
and clinical members, met with the
Dean, staff and students of the School
of Physiotherapy and clinical staff and
students in Beaumont Hospital.
At the end of the process, the
Accreditation Board notified the School
that they would be recommending
re-accreditation of the RCSI BSc
Physiotherapy programme for another
five years. The excellent quality
of students and graduates of the
physiotherapy programme and the
quality assurance process for both clinical
and academic aspects of the programme
were commended. The School was also
commended for actively responding to
changes in the educational environment,
including the use of technology-
enhanced learning.
Initiatives and placements
A simulated education initiative was
piloted in the BSc Physiotherapy
curriculum (cardiorespiratory module) in
collaboration with the Health Professions
Education Centre (HPEC) to develop
students' skills in the assessment and
treatment of patients in the critical care
environment. Student feedback was
very positive and the initiative will be
formalised for the next academic year.
In recognition of the increasing demands
on current clinical capacity, new clinical
placement opportunities were developed
in the Rotunda and Connolly hospitals
and in primary care sites, expanding the
variety of clinical placement opportunities
available to students.
Research activity
The School of Physiotherapy's Research
Strategy was completed and its
implementation is ongoing with a
particular emphasis on building research
networks and increasing funding
Research is a fundamental part of
contemporary physiotherapy clinical
practice and the School was successful
in receiving funding from a number of
agencies including: the Health Research
Board; the Disability Authority; the Irish
Research Council; and the Irish Society of
Chartered Physiotherapists.
Additionally, Paul Kirwan will investigate
the use of eccentric exercises and topical
glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) in the treatment
of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy.
Rory O'Sullivan will conduct a cohort
study on the progression of crouch gait in
diplegic cerebral palsy.
Professor Marie Guidon,
Head of the School of Physiotherapy
The School of Physiotherapy's vision is to be recognised as a leading centre
for physiotherapy education, research and scholarly activity. It aims to educate
professionally safe, competent, reflective and analytical physiotherapists
who possess a sound scientific knowledge base. It also aims to provide these
physiotherapists with an understanding of the value of research and analysis, to
ensure they are responsive to the needs of clients and carers, and are aware of
the dynamic diversity of healthcare environments in which they practice.
Research is a
fundamental part of
physiotherapy clinical
practice and the
School was successful
in receiving funding
from a number of
Dr Helen French instructs undergraduate
physiotherapy students in a practical teaching session.