Lecturers on Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s (WGU) physiotherapy degree course have lent their expertise to help NHS staff tackle the challenge of Covid-19. The lecturers have already provided one session in person at the Plas Coch campus and are set to give further training soon via the internet.
The initial session was held in the university’s large new SCALE-Up teaching space to allow social distancing between learners. It saw WGU lecturers work with physiotherapists from two Welsh health boards, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to boost and refresh their skills in respiratory care.
The training was aimed at physiotherapists specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal presentations and was carried out with the support of Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). Julie Wilkins, professional lead for WGU’s physiotherapy degree, was among those involved in setting up the project and teaching its participants.
She said: “This will help physiotherapists provide care for patients on the wards at this busy time. We are grateful to all those who take part, to HEIW and to our university catering team via Aramark who provided free refreshments and lunch.”
Stephen Griffiths, HEIW Director of Nursing, commented: “This fantastic piece of work at a difficult time just goes to show the level of commitment and compassion of everyone involved.”
Adrian Thomas, Executive Director of Therapies and Health Sciences at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “This is a fantastic example of some of the collaborative work taking place between organisations to meet the challenge posed by Covid-19”
Madi Ruby, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Partnership and Employability in WGU’s Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, added “Partnership-working means more than ever at this time. Extending the links between our university, our health boards, HEIW and more will help us face this challenge together.”