Ellie is now back at UCLan and ready to go for her second year of study, after gaining a years worth of amazing experiences.
So here’s just a little bit of information on how she got on…
I found out about the Internship and work experience (with Isokinetic and Oaksey house) through pure chance. I must have sent off a minimum of 50 emails contacting various clubs and clinics, enquiring if they take students for work experience and/or placements. I remember thinking there wasn’t any point messaging them (due to one of them being a FIFA accredited medical centre and the other working with professional jockeys) as I didn’t think they would offer me anything at this point.
I remember getting confirmation that I got accepted for the two positions in the same week – I was elated! After sending so many emails and not getting any response back, I was starting to feel like there was no point trying. But it shows how perseverance is key.
In the last 12 months I have lived in in Lambourn to work with Oaksey House and in the centre of London to work in Harley Street at Isokinetic. During my time there I was working with some of the best and most iconic athletes in current and past times. I was also given the opportunity to travel to Bologna to visit centres over there and I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the Macclesfield Town U21’s set up as well.
I can honestly say that these past 12 months have not only been the best in my life so far, but by far the most valuable. Learning certain things in the classroom is all well and good, however during your first year as a student these are all classroom or field based scenarios. My year out has not only enabled me to see real patients first hand, but allowed me to be a part of their journey and understand how variables such as disability/work and therapist-patient relationships are important factors in order for the patient to have a successful recovery.
I was lucky enough that in both settings that I was always treated as an equal member of the team, and I can’t thank Oaksey house and Isokinetic enough for giving me these opportunities. They have made me feel so much more confident in myself and my abilities, and they have helped to solidify the fact that I am sure I am going into the right field of work for me.
During the space of these 12 months I have completed over 600 placement hours, on top of the hours I achieved in my first year on placements.
In my remaining years at UCLan, I am looking forward to starting placements with Bury FC and hopefully getting experience working at sporting events too. I am also keen to get started on the rehabilitation and manual therapy modules (special tests in-particular), so I can learn the things I have observed during the past year for myself. I am also looking forward to completing my level 4 VTCT sports massage qualification this year, so I can start gaining a client base for massage before Igraduate.