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22 December 2009
A new programme for physiotherapists that will enable them to better support paralympic athletes in their training for the 2012 Games has been officially recognised by the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 'Physio’s supporting athletes across all abilities' programme aims specifically to equip physiotherapy students and graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for disability sport.
Developed by Dr Nicola Phillips and Tony Everett of Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Studies the programme is an all-Wales initiative that will give participants the chance to feed into a world-class volunteer support service provision for all international teams based in Wales prior to the 2012 Games in London.As well as supporting Olympic athletes, the programme has benefits that extend well beyond 2012. More disabled athletes in Wales will be helped in the long-term thanks to the scheme and many of the physiotherapists involved in the project will take the knowledge and skills gained back into their NHS workplace, where they will be able to enhance patient care.As a result of its lasting impact the programme has been awarded a London 2012 Inspire Mark by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) – the first sports related project to receive the award in Wales. The Inspire Mark acknowledges innovative initiatives that have been inspired by the Olympic ideals and will provide a legacy for the regions where they are based.The team was presented with the Mark by Olympic medallist Jonathan Edwards, now Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group and athlete representative on LOCOG Board. Making the award, Jonathan said: "Congratulations on achieving the first Inspire Mark Award in Wales for a sports related initiative. This is an excellent project, which will support many individuals participating in sport and exercise across Wales."Dr Phillips added: "We are very proud to have been awarded the Inspire Mark and excited about providing more physiotherapists with the skills to work in this area. We are looking forward to playing our part in welcoming the paralympic teams already committed to a Welsh base prior to London 2012, but equally as pleased to be encouraging and supporting participation in sport at all levels of ability within Wales."The scheme is the result of a collaboration between Cardiff University, Disability Sport Wales, Sports Council for Wales High Performance Unit and the Welsh Assembly Government Major Events Unit. Additional funding has also been provided by the Assembly.
1. Cardiff School of Healthcare StudiesThe School of Healthcare Studies is the leading provider of education for Allied Health Professionals in Wales.All programmes of study have been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a professional healthcare career. Great emphasis has been placed on the practical and clinical aspects of the programmes, all of which have been accredited by the relevant professional bodies and the Health Professions Council.The School also offers a wide range of post-registration and postgraduate programmes. This provision is supported by a rapidly developing research profile and links to a wide range of clinical placement providers throughout Wales and beyond.
Research at the School is focused around three multi- and cross-disciplinary themes: Rehabilitation; Promoting and maintaining a healthy active lifestyle; Evaluation of healthcare service delivery and development of professional practice. The School is also home to the Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology (RCCK), a well-equipped facility for biomechanical and physiological measurement.
2. Cardiff UniversityCardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk
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