Physiotherapy students have been working with patients at a summer clinic held at Marston Road. The clinic enables local people with respiratory diseases to receive a six-week rehabilitation programme.
The initiative was set up jointly by Oxford Brookes with the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Usually the sessions would have been held in gyms and leisure centres but pandemic restrictions meant this was not possible, and so the University stepped in.
Students, who are supervised by clinical experts from Oxford Health, provide face-to- face rehabilitation tailored for each patient to build their strength and breathing capacity. The students also lead group sessions on exercise, lifestyle and wellbeing. Physio students from Brunel University are also taking part.
“We wanted to find placement opportunities this summer for our students and this year we have the premises available”, explains Senior Physiotherapy Lecturer Katy Baines. “We also know from our clinical partners that there are long waiting lists for pulmonary rehab clinics and we very much wanted to assist with this.”
Students are relishing the opportunity too. As first-year master’s student Louise puts it: “I've had the chance to work with people on an individual basis as well as running group classes and have really enjoyed the placement so far - it's been fantastic to see the progress people are making!”
The programme has run at Oxford Brookes throughout August.