Placement focuses Monique's career aims
Date: 8th Jan 2018
Third-year Buckinghamshire New University BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy student Monique Nobrega says a month-long placement at Halsa Care Group, which specialises in providing care for people with stress and mobility issues, has helped her focus on the direction she wants her career to take.
Monique undertook the placement at the organisation, which is based in Windsor, Berkshire, as part of her course and worked with sports therapists and physiotherapists at a number of clinics, observing differing approaches with patients, utilising the skills learnt on her degree and gaining feedback from patients and her supervisors.
She said: “The placement at Halsa Care Group allowed me to gain an understanding of the daily function of working at a clinic and the processes the therapists follow on a normal busy day.
“I have realised I would like to work in a clinical environment and in the future open my own clinic.”
Speaking about the day-to-day experience, she said: “I am at the clinics to build on my current clinical skills and learn new approaches along with other students who undertook a variety of other placements, I have also been provided with food for thought on the career I may like to take.
“The placement aided my studies by testing my knowledge while in assessment or treatment with patients. It also benefited me by allowing me to link my theoretical knowledge with the practical elements, helping me improve my clinical reasoning, which is key in my final year.”
Monique said the opportunity to go on placement was valuable. She added: “It is a great opportunity because it allows Sports Therapy students to explore the different career pathways open to sports therapists.
“The degree course itself is excellent and skilful. The lecturers are extremely supportive and have a vast amount of experience and knowledge which is taught really well.”
“It can be hard work with balancing placements and studying but it keeps you busy and always learning new things. Access to facilities including a human performance laboratory and sports and wellbeing clinic, aids learning on the course by exposing students to a clinical environment throughout the whole three years. I understand this is not a privilege shared by courses at other institutions.”
Course Leader Kevin Campbell-Karn said third-year students had this year also enjoyed placements at basketball clubs, and professional and semi-professional football and rugby clubs, as well as other clinics. The students also undertake placements in the University’s Sports & Wellbeing Clinic.
Katrina Lake, Head Therapist at Halsa Care Group, added: "We will always keep our door open to students from Bucks New University like Monique for work placements.
“It was inspirational to see the energy and motivation Monique has at such a young age. I believe that the environment and support Bucks New University provides for its students is greatly responsible for this. As I reflect back on Monique's work placement I realise that teaching, showing and answering questions does not only reveal clarity and new understandings to the students but also to us, Halsa.
“Having the chance to break down what we do on a daily basis allows us to improve ourselves and therefore the results our clients get. You never stop learning!"