Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland 

 

About You

How did you come to choose the course and why QMU?

I attended Edinburgh’s Telford College after school to study a HND in Sport Therapy and my college lecturers recommended QMU for physio. I wasn’t looking to move away from home at that time, as I had part time work commitments, so QMU was very appealing and I could easily commute. It was local and had a good reputation for physio and when I went to visit on the open day the staff were very welcoming.

Living Away from Home

Where did you live whilst studying? If you were living in halls what’s was the best part?

I’m from Edinburgh originally so am biased. I stayed at home while studying and was able to work part time which in turn funded nights out with friends, while enjoying the luxury of home cooked meals with my family.

Life in Edinburgh – what was the best experience you had in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

Edinburgh has something for everyone: beautiful historic buildings, a wide range of parks – the Meadows, and Arthur’s Seat to name a couple, and great markets such as Stockbridge Market to visit on a Sunday. If you’re a foodie then local markets and the biggest selection of restaurants and cafes in the city centre and neighbouring areas offer the best variety to work your way around.

 

 

"Advice for students interested in physio – it’s a tough course. If you apply yourself from the beginning it becomes easier. Work together, help each other, ask questions, and practise!"
Nicole Palmer

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

I attended an open day in the summer before accepting my position. The staff were very welcoming and answered all questions asked. We had a sit down talk and a tour of all the facilities.

What was the most interesting part of the course? Either something you learned or a particular activity.

Throughout the four years at uni, while placements were probably the most exciting part of the course, another aspect of the course that was really interesting was the cadaver study in first year at the Edinburgh University Anatomy.

Group work always offered greatest opportunity for learning and sharing experiences.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

Advice for students interested in physio – it’s a tough course. If you apply yourself from the beginning it becomes easier. Work together, help each other, ask questions, and practise!

After Graduation

Tell us what happened immediately after you graduated. Are you currently working? If so please give a brief outline of your job.

As I graduated I had been offered a temporary job with a health board, and had an interview lined up with another. That interview was successful and I obtained my first permanent post as a physio. I have been working in MSK outpatients, where I assess, diagnose, treat and support people with their rehab following injuries and surgeries. I have busy days and meet a wide variety of people. I have the support from my colleagues to brainstorm and clinically reason. It’s a really interesting clinical area to work in and one in which you continue to learn every day.

 

Story published 2016-2017