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Physio degree course will ensure graduates 'thrive in a multi-agency health and social care system'

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Physiotherapy students will be Newman University-bound for the first time next September


Students wishing to gain a physiotherapy degree in the Midlands area will have an added university to consider applying to in the coming months. Newman University, which is based in Bartley Green, Birmingham, plans to welcome its first intake of students to a new school of nursing and allied health in September 2023.

The school promises to offer physiotherapy and nursing students access to 'state-of-the-art' facilities, including an immersive room that aims to recreate the experience of working in busy health care settings. Prospective physiotherapy students will be told they will learn about the importance of working alongside colleagues from other healthcare professions, such as nursing and psychotherapy, as well as those operating in the social care fields.

'Exciting development'

Mohammed Jakhara, executive dean at the Faculty of Arts, Society and Professional Studies, said: 'This is an exciting development for the university, creating a distinctive pathway for those aspiring to embark on rewarding careers in the healthcare sector.

Dr Jakhara added: 'With a focus on adult nursing, mental-health nursing and physiotherapy, the school will be home to a unique community of trainee healthcare specialists learning alongside their peers in allied professions, such as counselling and psychotherapy and health and social care.

'This integration not only enables students to develop the subject knowledge that is expected of every healthcare professional but will also equip them with a greater understanding of inter-professional working, providing them with the knowledge and understanding they will need to thrive and practise to their highest ability in a multi-agency health and social care system.'

Newman University

Newman University, which was founded in 1968 as a Catholic teacher training college, gained full university status in 2013. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and focuses on interactive teaching and developing students with the skills needed to make a positive contribution to society.

The university's sports centre offers a range of facilities, including a cardio suite, a resistance training suite and group cycle studio. There is also a recently revamped sports hall, a FIFA standard 3G pitch and a squash court.

For more information, visit: https://www.newman.ac.uk

How many universities offer physiotherapy degrees in the UK?

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy currently offers accreditation to 10 universities offering physiotherapy degrees in the Midlands region, three of which are based in Birmingham. These are: 

  • Birmingham City University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University College Birmingham 

According to the CSP's website, 50 universities in England currently offer physiotherapy courses to undergraduates. The CSP accredits four in Scotland, three in Wales and one in Northern Ireland. Newham University is not currently listed in the relevant section of the CSP's website.

For more information, visit: https://www.csp.org.uk/careers-jobs/career-physiotherapy/physiotherapy-degrees

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