Work Experience Policy

Bridgefield Physiotherapy Ltd is keen to assist students with their further education wherever possible. However, due to the high demand of work experience students approaching our small practice, we are only able to offer work experience to a selection of students. Please see our policy for taking students below:

 

Students under the age of 16 years

Unfortunately our public liability insurance does not cover us for taking students under the age of 16 years. We apologize for this, but if you are 16 years or under, Bridgefield Physiotherapy are unable to take you out on placement.

 

Under graduate Students 16 years and over

If you are planning to study a BSc in human Physiotherapy with the intension to specialize further with an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury or Liverpool or are planning to study Veterinary Medicine, we would be pleased to take you out on placement. We can currently offer one day’s work experience with each of our veterinary physiotherapists or if more days are required, depending on our time of year, we may be able to offer more. If you are planning to study another course, please email our office and we can consider your request.

 

Please also be aware that due to safety and insurance, these placements are purely observational. There is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and observe varied physiotherapy conditions and treatments but we are unable to teach or allow hands-on experience to these students.

 

Our physiotherapists are based in West Sussex and Surrey. Please be prepared to travel to these locations for dropping off and collection for students unable to drive. In some cases, students can be dropped at a first call, however this is not always appropriate.

 

Post graduate students

We are only able to offer clinical education placements to post-graduate students who are qualified Physiotherapists and who are completing a Masters level degree at Hartpury College or Liverpool University. We are not able to offer placements to those completing Veterinary Physiotherapy courses at other establishments such as Harper Adams or Nottingham. We can consider more than 2 days for these students with adequate prior arrangement. Please email our office for further assistance with arranging a clinical educating placement.

 

Please note also with these placements, the student is expected to have adequate insurance. In addition, students are asked to be aware that where appropriate the educating physiotherapist will allow hands-on clinical experience but this is not always possible or appropriate within a private case load.

 

Overseas Students

Bridgefield physiotherapy is pleased to consider overseas students for work experience where appropriate so long as it falls within our scope of practice. A maximum of three consecutive days can be considered. However, please note that we are not in a position to be able to offer apprenticeship type placements. Students wishing to learn how to become Veterinary Physiotherapists must seek this training at BSc and MSc level at the appropriate establishments.

 

Further information for work experience students:

  • Please always be prompt for your placement and allow for traffic at rush hour times.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Jeans are acceptable but trainers are not. It can get cold standing in stables etc so bring extra clothes in the winter and a decent waterproof jacket. ACPAT students are asked to wear ACPAT logo clothing where possible.
  • It is often worth bringing lunch and a drink with you, we often do stop at service stations but not on a daily basis.
  • Some work experience days can be long, sometimes 12 hour days, please be prepared for this.

 

Booking your work experience

Please email your enquiry, taking into consideration our above policy, to our office at office@bridgefieldphysio.co.uk. Please include your name, age, current situation and day (s) that you wish to attend work experience and our secretary will correspond with you.

 

Please note our work experience charges:

£50 per day for observational students

£100 per day for MSc level students

 

Many thanks.