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Press Release - 11 June 2008

New MSc in Sports Physiotherapy gets the stamp of approval

The UK’s first postgraduate programme dedicated solely to Sports Physiotherapy and delivered, online, by distance learning has received the all-important endorsement of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).

Launched by the School for Health at the University of Bath in 2007, this is the first programme focussing specifically on Sports Physiotherapy to receive such endorsement.

The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country’s 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, students and assistants. It has a stringent system for endorsing post-qualifying physiotherapy education, rewarding programmes that are designed to help its members fulfil their continuing professional development needs

Sonya Moore, Director of Studies for the programme, said: “We are delighted to receive endorsement for the course from the CSP, which provides our students with a stamp of professional quality assurance. It is great to see that all the hard work that the team has put into developing and running the programme to a very high academic and professional standard has been formally recognised by such a renowned organisation.”

The CSP recognises the importance of postgraduate programmes in developing key qualities which develop physiotherapists’ learning beyond that achieved at qualifying level. This may include consolidating and broadening physiotherapists’ knowledge and skills, as well as developing their professional learning to a higher academic level. The MSc in Sports Physiotherapy involves formal learning, reflective practice, work-based learning and other innovative learning strategies. Expectations of graduating sports physiotherapists include: the development and maintenance of high standards of ethical and professional conduct; the ability to use evolving evidence in practice, to innovate and initiate change; to facilitate learning in others; and the capacity for leadership and effective collaboration.

The CSP’s Learning and Development Committee confirmed the endorsement at a meeting in May 2008, satisfied that the School for Health’s MSC Sports Physiotherapy fully meets the CSP’s expectations of postgraduate Masters level study and should have its endorsement

The Sports Physiotherapy programme is delivered by combining online distance learning with an annual clinical teaching week at the University of Bath. Students can take the m-level programme to gain PG Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualifications. Cohorts commence in the autumn each year.

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