Alun Bonello

Fluid Motion project, supported by the Brookes Alumni Fund

Alun, a Physiotherapy student, and a group of his peers set up a social enterprise to address the overwhelming need for physiotherapy, which the NHS is struggling to meet both in scale and cost.  Long NHS waiting lists, and high costs of private treatment, mean that up to half of those with musculoskeletal conditions remain untreated.  

Fluid Motion aims to provide affordable, local treatment based on individual assessments and tailored regimes, followed by group sessions, thus keeping costs down.  The sessions would be held in local swimming pools and would be hydrotherapy based.  The programme also aims to provide excellent experience for healthcare students.

The Brookes Alumni Fund helped the group to complete a pilot programme to ensure that the model works, and that the programme could partner effectively with the NHS referral system.