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Ex-pro footballer turns to digital physiotherapy!

My name is Andreas and I write this blog having just completed my BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy undergraduate degree from the University of Winchester. I now look forward to receiving my results and starting a new rotational physiotherapy job within the NHS, commencing in the summer. Prior to beginning my role within the NHS, I have gratefully accepted an offer to stay on as a physiotherapy assistant with Denton Physio Technology, the place of my last placement and below is a little bit about what I have been doing with them over the last couple of months.

The last 2 months of my course saw many challenges with multiple hand ins, but I was also presented with the opportunity to join the team at Denton Physio Technology to complete my clinical placement hours. Over the past year I have developed a growing interest in digital transformation within physiotherapy, due to a previous placement working on a digital strategy for Allied Health Professionals within the NHS. I have also become increasingly aware of the challenges to healthcare over the past year and found digital solutions to be a huge part of overcoming them therefore getting this experience at an early stage of my physiotherapy career, will hopefully leave me in a good position for future challenges.

Throughout this placement I worked remotely, however, this did not prevent me from continuing to develop my assessment and treatment methods for MSK conditions as video consultations were used to help patients reach their goals. Using the unique re.flex motion sensors, as a student physiotherapist I was able to perform technology setups for patients, set exercise programs through digital platforms, track adherence daily, monitor pain daily and communicate efficiently with patients 24/7 through the text message feature. I really enjoyed using the motion sensors for patient rehab as from a physiotherapy point of view, it enabled me to reassure patients more regularly that they are on the right track, or to provide encouragement when they may have difficult days during their rehab. I found this particularly useful as my previous outpatient experience was within an NHS setting and I would have no contact with patients to check their progression between consultations.

Also at the time of writing, I am looking forward to the final few games of the National League season, as a Semi-Professional football player for Weymouth FC. The support I have had from the University of Winchester and all of my placement locations including Denton Physio Technology has been incredible over the past 3 years. Their understanding has allowed me to continue my passion for playing football at the highest level possible alongside my studies, which continues to be a huge part of my life. Just like my studies, there have been many challenges for us as a newly promoted team in the National League this season, so to achieve our goals of finishing outside the relegation places this year with three games to go can be seen as a successful season.

I now look forward to a break from the football season over the next couple of months whilst having full focus on continuing the exciting journey with Denton Physio Technology, where I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such an energetic and forward-thinking team.

Andreas Robinson

Physiotherapy Support


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