"I hope similar links could also be established to strengthen the relationship between associated professional bodies for Physiotherapy, in India and in the UK."
Karen Harrison, UKIERI Project Manager – Coventry University
UK and MS Ramaiah Institute of Health Science, Bangalore, to offer a hitherto unavailable EBP compliant Masters Degree programme in Clinical Physiotherapy in India.
Any qualified physiotherapist in India who aspired for such a Degree had to study it abroad till now. Not only did this involve a huge financial burden on the individual but at a community level a disturbing trend was also observed. Most of those who left for studies abroad preferred not to return thereby leaving patients in India without the benefits of the best practices followed worldwide.
The Masters course gains greater significance and universal value as a UKIERI project for the very fact that very few EBP compliant M Sc programmes in Clinical Physiotherapy exist around the globe as yet. The two-year programme in Clinical Physiotherapy aims to reduce, within its range and reach, the recognised gap between evidence and practice in Physiotherapy. It is run under Coventry University’s ‘Supported Validation Framework’, which means that the university will support and monitor the quality assurance and validation systems delivered in India by their counterparts.
The partnership was spearheaded by Professor Karen Harrison, Head of Physiotherapy and Dietetics, Coventry University, who comments, “This is the very fi rst Physiotherapy partnership between India and the UK linking institution of Higher Education. I hope similar links could also be established to strengthen the relationship between associated professional bodies for Physiotherapy, in India and in the UK (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy).”
Her counterpart Professor Ravindra further comments “The M Sc in Clinical Physiotherapy programme became functional from April 2010 and we had an initial intake of seven students. The next session will start in April 2011, and 10 students will be enrolled.” She adds, “We have benefited tremendously by observing and implementing the teaching and knowledge delivery methods of our UK counterparts. The collaboration has resulted in a Masters course that is unique in content and form. EBP-based training means the students enjoy the competence born from the complex synthesis of knowledge, skills, values, behaviours and attitudes that enable individual professionals to work safely, effectively and legally within their particular scope of practice.”
The course in now publicised, both, on Coventry and MS Ramaiah Institute of Health Science’s websites. A continued close association between the partners in the form of faculty visits, and frequent video-conferences ensure that apart from the immediate and obvious benefit to patients and students, this project will further the cause of evidencebased practice in medicine.