10 November 2011 on CSP website  www.csp.org.uk

Paralympic athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson (below left) officially cut the red tape on a building housing the University of Bradford’s School of Health Studies.

File 102578Staff and students have relocated from their former site in Trinity Road to the new £10 million building at the gateway to the main campus.

It provides two physiotherapy clinics.

Baroness Grey-Thompson said: ‘The success of the school is that it has been made an amazing place to teach the next generation of physios and nurses.

‘As the health needs of the population become more complex, it’s vital that physio students are able to learn with the most up-to-date equipment.’

A fee-paying clinic provides physiotherapy for the 10,000 students and staff along with the general public.

‘Fantastic perk’

An ‘add-on’ of the new facility, explained clinical lead physiotherapist Kate Butterfield, is to provide a twice-weekly free drop-in clinic for students.

‘This a fantastic perk for the students who can be treated for free straight away in an acute setting and we hope to build it up as a viable clinic.’

The drop-in clinic is run by volunteer student physios overseen by qualified staff and sees around a dozen patients, many with sports injuries.

‘This is a really good way to introduce physio students to things before they go out on placement, to consolidate their knowledge and practice their clinical skills,’ Ms Butterfield said.

‘With all the latest equipment it is a fantastic place to study and will hopefully put Bradford on the map.’