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Challenges and Learning Opportunities of Pre-Registration Physiotherapy Placements in First Contact Settings: The Perspectives of Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapists

Bassett, Andrew and Jackson, Jo (2020) 'Challenges and Learning Opportunities of Pre-Registration Physiotherapy Placements in First Contact Settings: The Perspectives of Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapists.' Musculoskeletal Care, 18 (2). pp. 140-149. ISSN 1478-2189

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Abstract

Objectives: As musculoskeletal first contact physiotherapy is rolled out into primary healthcare in Britain, this could offer up new practice-based educational opportunities for pre-registration physiotherapy students. Thus, the present study sought to explore the perceived challenges and learning opportunities of pre-registration physiotherapy placements in musculoskeletal first contact physiotherapy settings from first contact physiotherapists’ perspectives. Methods: Using a qualitative strategy, 15 musculoskeletal first contact physiotherapists from different geographical locations in Britain, participated in telephone mediated semi-structured interviews. Participants were self-selected through a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy fortnightly bulletin and online forum for first contact physiotherapists, or recruited via snowball sampling. Interview transcripts were analysed according to framework analysis - and the findings were member-checked by proxy. Results: Three core themes emerged: operational challenges, challenges for preregistration physiotherapy students and learning opportunities for pre-registration physiotherapy students. Operational challenges included: ensuring sufficient support from first contact physiotherapy practice educators; financial cost implications of placements, and; lack of capacity within the existing first contact physiotherapy workforce to provide placements. Challenges for physiotherapy students involved: time pressures and stressors of a first contact physiotherapy placement; identifying red flags, and; complexity of patient presentations. Identified learning opportunities for physiotherapy students were: experience of a specialised physiotherapy role in a primary healthcare setting; bringing awareness of first contact physiotherapy as a potential career pathway, and; experience multidisciplinary team working in primary care. Conclusions: By seeking the perspectives of first contact physiotherapists, this study provides the first step for the development of placements in an emerging practice area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Challenges, Learning Opportunities, Pre-registration Students, Placements, Musculoskeletal, First Contact, Physiotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 11:51
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:08
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26240

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