Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Oxford
I have benefited considerably from the OETT throughout my career as an orthotist. Firstly the Trust helped to establish the diploma course from which I graduated from in 1988. Since then my postgraduate training and development has also been supported by the Trust.
The costs of attending BAPO and other short courses over the years have been generously reimbursed retrospectively for tuition fees, travel and where necessary accommodation. When I wished to study part time for a Masters degree I made an application to the OETT several months in advance. My application was approved and the funding enabled me to achieve an MSc in Evidence-based Health Care in 2000.
Having decided to study for a DPhil, I was in the process of applying to the OETT again when I was awarded a scholarship as part of a studentship from the University of Oxford. Although I was not in need of help for tuition fees in Oxford the Trust has enabled me to participate in health research methodology courses at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at McMaster University in Canada.