This week is National Apprenticeship Week, providing us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our own apprentices, Liam and Mel and the positive impact that they both have on the team at The Rehab Physio and our patients.
The annual week-long event aims to bring together everyone who is passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit and opportunities that they bring. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Skills for Life’ to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.
Liam is a Physiotherapy Assistant and Mel is an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner and are both on our apprenticeship program while studying for a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at the University of Salford, providing them with a paid job with hands-on experience alongside off-the-job training. The four year course comprises of three days full-time at The Rehab Physio and two days per week at university. This model provides the student with plenty of clinical experience but also helps to develop transferable skills such as adaptability and flexibility.
Liam comments: “I’ve had a fantastic opportunity at The Rehab Physio to become a Physiotherapy apprentice. I am able to expand my current skills as a physiotherapy assistant and develop a deeper understanding of physiotherapy practice. It is a pathway to higher education that I would not have been able to access without it. I feel privileged to have the support of the Rehab Physio to develop within my professional career and as an individual. Although it can be challenging, I am looking forward to reaping the rewards of being a physiotherapy apprentice.”
Mel comments: “I am enjoying studying alongside working at The Rehab Physio as this gives me the opportunity to put what I am learning into practice and having a team around to help enhance this learning. As Physiotherapy is evidence based, I am learning alongside the latest research and am able to implement this into the treatments I provide. Being able to study with Liam is a huge benefit as when we have time available, we can revise together and practice our new learnt skills.”
Founder of The Rehab Physio, Chris Wynne comments: “We are delighted to be able to support Mel and Liam in their career development and help shape the future of our profession. Mel and Liam both offer unique skills and backgrounds that help enhance our service. Being able to combine their academic pursuits with hands on experience in our specialist intensive treatment service, working with state of the art robotics and technology has been advantageous to us and our patients.”