Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust, Reading
I am currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Biomechanics at Staffordshire University. The decision to undertake this was not an easy one both from a financial and time point of view.
I put forward my application for funding help to the OETT board and received the full allocation. Working a full time job within the NHS and studying for an MSc is no easy task but the personal and professional rewards out-weight the long nights and weekends sat in front of the computer.
As I trawl through all the research in my travels, one element becomes very apparent, the lack of Orthotists doing research and adding to our practice. I do believe that this is a trend that will change, it has to if we, as Orthotists are going to be seen as influential members in the management of conditions and not facilitators in order for the other professionals to get what they want.
I hear in the back of my head people saying to me “what are you studying for, I still see Orthotists that can’t do footwear correctly”. The simple truth is that if we don’t, we will, if we are not already, be left behind.
So I encourage you all to pick up a new piece of research today, analyse it, and use it as a method to prove or disprove treatments. Look at others ways for you to expand your knowledge base and moved up the clinical ladder. One thing you can be sure of is that the OETT will be there, ready and waiting for your application to help in any way they can.
My aim is to add to my profession, for a fellow professional to read my research (the title changes from week to week) and use or not use it in their treatment regimes. At the very least it should spark conversation and discussions.
I would not be doing this MSc if I didn’t have the backing from the OETT, the costs are too great. I cannot thank the Board enough for their help