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During 2013, School of Physiotherapy staff presented
research findings at national and international conferences
including the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Irish
Thoracic Society, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Gerontological
Society, European Stroke Conference and the Rehabilitation
and Therapy Research Society. A number of peer-reviewed
articles were also published during the year in the areas of
falls interventions in the elderly, peripheral arterial disease,
footwear antennas and healthcare utilisation in patients with
wrist fractures.
A number of our undergraduate students Karen Carty,
Rebecca Mahon, Paula Donovan, Brendan O'Donnell,
Sarah Murphy and Bridie Kennelly undertook summer
student projects under the supervision of Faculty staff,
with funding received through the Health Research Board
and the RCSI Student Research Programme kindly funded
by RCSI alumni. Some of these projects were undertaken
in conjunction with our colleagues in Beaumont and
Connolly Hospitals, including the areas of neuromuscular
respiratory outpatient clinics, emergency departments
and multidisciplinary rapid assessment teams. The school
is continuing to collaborate on research projects with
clinical sites such as Beaumont and Connolly hospitals
through our Partnership of Academics and Clinicians in
Therapy group.
In November, second-year physiotherapy students
were volunteers at the Irish Society of Chartered
Physiotherapists' Annual Scientific Conference which was
held in Killarney. Their assistance was very much valued by
the conference organisers and also offered the students
an opportunity to attend a variety of interesting and
informative presentations by international speakers.
The School was delighted to welcome Fiona Daly to the
post of Physiotherapy Practice Education Coordinator.
Many alumni will remember Fiona from her previous post
as RCSI Clinical Tutor in Beaumont Hospital. Fiona has been
very busy in her new post and also completed her MSc in
Leadership and Management Development during the year.
As part of their week-long bootcamp at RCSI this summer,
surgical trainees participated in a workshop with Louise
Keating, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, to highlight the incidence
of musculoskeletal complaints arising from occupational
demands of surgery and, more importantly, teach trainee
surgeons appropriate strategies for self-care during surgery.
It is hoped that this initiative, coming as it does in the early
days of a surgical career, will make trainees more aware
of the risk of musculoskeletal problems known to exist in
surgery, as well as equip them with appropriate tools to
minimise their risk of developing such problems.
Overall, 2013 has been a busy but rewarding year for the
School, with a number of achievements which have been
made possible by the enthusiasm of the Faculty staff, our
students and many of our colleagues from within the College
and the physiotherapy profession.
We would love to hear more about what our Alumni are
doing in the world of physiotherapy, so if you want to share
your experiences or achievements in future editions of
, please email: Dr Helen French
Strong research activity spurs busy year
for School of Physiotherapy
Substantial achievements in research, participation in the Irish Society of Chartered
Physiotherapists' Annual Scientific Conference and a special event, organised for the
RCSI Gathering 2013, were just some of the highlights of another busy year for the
School of Physiotherapy
Second-year physiotherapy students were volunteers at the
Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists' Annual Scientific
Conference in Killarney.