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RCSI MATTERS
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esearch activity continued to advance in the
School of Physiotherapy in 2014. In June 2014,
Dr Dara Meldrum, Lecturer in Physiotherapy,
RCSI and Dr Deirdre Murray, Clinical Specialist
Physiotherapist, Beaumont Hospital, graduated
from RCSI following successful completion of their PhDs.
Over the summer, the School had the highest number
of undergraduate students completing summer student
projects, with a total of seven RCSI physiotherapy students,
three RCSI medical students and one computer science
student from DIT completing projects in collaboration with
our clinical colleagues at Beaumont Hospital, Connolly
Hospital, St James' Hospital, Rotunda Hospital and Milltown
Physiotherapy Clinic. The findings of these projects, which
were supervised by School of Physiotherapy academic staff,
will be presented at RCSI Research Day on March 12, 2015.
These research opportunities would not have been possible
without the funding support of the Health Research Board,
RCSI's Summer Student Research Scheme and the Irish
Research Council.
In October, the highest number of postgraduate students
to date registered in the School of Physiotherapy to
undertake MSc and PhD by research, along with a new
cohort of MSc Neurology and Gerontology students. Rory
O'Sullivan, Senior Physiotherapist in the Gait Laboratory
at the Central Remedial Clinic and Paul Kirwan, Senior
Physiotherapist in Rheumatology at Connolly Hospital were
successful recipients of the Health Research Board Research
Fellowships for Health Professionals and will complete their
PhDs on a part-time basis over five years.
November was a busy month with the undergraduate
conferring ceremony. Our MSc Neurology and Gerontology
graduates (2012-2014) and Colm Brannigan who completed
his MSc (Research) were also conferred. Congratulations
also to Louise Keating, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, who was
awarded funding from Eurospine and the ISCP Glennon
Insurance AIG Bursary for her PhD research entitled `A
randomised controlled trial of multimodal physiotherapy
for patients with acute or subacute cervical radiculopathy'.
Dr Frances Horgan and Dr Rose Galvin were successful
recipients of funding from the National Disability Authority
for research on `Return to Work after Stroke'.
ISCP REACCREDITATION OF THE RCSI BSC
PHYSIOTHERAPY PROGRAMME
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists' (ISCP)
reaccreditation of the RCSI BSc Physiotherapy Programme
took place in September 2014. Extensive documentation was
prepared by the School staff in advance of the site visit by
the ISCP Accreditation Team. During the two-day visit, the
Accreditation Team met with the Dean, staff and students
of the School of Physiotherapy as well as clinical staff and
students in Beaumont Hospital, one of our affiliated clinical
sites. At the end of the process, the ISCP Accreditation
Board notified the School that they would be recommending
reaccreditation of the RCSI BSc Physiotherapy programme
for another five years. The School of Physiotherapy would
like to thank the students from each year who volunteered to
meet the team and Dr Martina Crehan (HPEC) who provided
guidance regarding programme documentation preparation.
Research activity advances in
busy year for School of Physiotherapy
Under the leadership of Head of School, Professor Marie Guidon, the School of
Physiotherapy has seen research develop significantly in 2014, with the highest number
of postgraduate students to date registered to undertake MSc and PhD by research
RCSI staff pictured with the ISCP Accreditation Team during the two-
day reaccreditation site visit in September 2014.