Role of the the Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing. This means that the person’s general lifestyle as well as medical condition is taken into account.
Physiotherapists work with people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They facilitate the maintenance of health for people of all ages, working with patients to manage pain and prevent disease. Through their work, physiotherapists facilitate recovery, enabling people to remain independent for as long as possible and so to stay at work.
At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own therapy. This is achieved through education, awareness, empowerment and participation (CSP 2013).
Introduction to the physiotherapy department
Physiotherapists employed by Beaumont Hospital, incorporating St Joseph’s Hospital, Raheny, work with a wide variety of patients in different clinical settings (e.g. respiratory, neurosciences, musculoskeletal, men’s and women’s health, care of the elderly). The department provides in and outpatient physiotherapy services. All patients are individually assessed and therapy is provided on an individual basis and in conjunction with other disciplines where appropriate. In recent years, Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APPs) have taken up roles in managing patients as the ‘first contact practitioner’ in consultant-led clinics. This has proved to improve timely access to appropriate care for many patients.
In addition to providing a service for patients, members of the physiotherapy team are actively involved in areas of specialised research as well as under and post-graduate education.
In Beaumont Hospital, incorporating St Joseph’s Hospital, physiotherapists work in a wide variety of health settings such as respiratory, neurosciences, musculoskeletal (including continence service) and care of the elderly. The department provides in and outpatient physiotherapy services. All patients are individually assessed and therapy is provided on an individual basis, in a class setting or joint sessions with other disciplines as appropriate.
In addition, physiotherapists are actively involved in areas of specialised research and under and post-graduate education.
All physiotherapists working in the department are chartered physiotherapists and are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and/or Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
- Beaumont Hospital site: The department is located in the Rehabilitation Department on the ground floor.
- St Joseph’s Hospital site: There is a rehabilitation gym on the ground floor of the main hospital.
There are approximately 45 physiotherapists, 2 physiotherapy assistants and 3 clerical support staff based across the 2 sites.
All qualified physiotherapists working in the department are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and/or Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).
Physiotherapists work in a variety of clinical areas. These include
- Musculoskeletal (Orthopaedic/Rheumatology/Emergency Department)
- Women's and men's health
- Care of the Elderly
- Respiratory (Medical/Surgical/Critical Care/Cystic Fibrosis)
- Rapid access multi-disciplinary team
- Oncology and Symptomatic Breast Care
- Radiation Oncology
Beaumont Physiotherapy Department
P.O. Box 1297
Telephone +353 1 809 2526 / 809 2956
Fax +353 1 809 2282
Acting Physiotherapy Manager, Helen Heery
Permanent positions are advertised in the national Sunday papers or on www.hospitaljobs.ie. Informal enquiries may be directed to the physiotherapy manager. You are also invited to email you CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
All non Republic of Ireland graduates must be validated by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) (email@example.com) prior to application and employment.
Undergraduate and postgraduate education
Beaumont Hospital is the recognised teaching hospital for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Under and post graduate practice education of physiotherapy students attending RCSI and University College Dublin is facilitated through Beaumont Hospital under the supervision of physiotherapy practice tutors.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
CPD occurs across all the specialist services in line with the ISCP recommendations. It involves staff actively participating in journal clubs, in-service training, clinical supervision, clinical reasoning sessions and formal appraisal systems for all clinical grades of staff. Such structures help to ensure that the competence of each physiotherapist is maintained and that care is in line with best practice evidence.
Beaumont Hospital physiotherapy department is a member of the Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals (DATH's) CPD development group.
Post graduate education is encouraged and supported within the department. A number of staff have completed or are currently involved in MSc. programmes.
Research plays a vital role in the development of the physiotherapy profession by ensuring the use of evidence based practice. Physiotherapists in Beaumont Hospital are actively involved in a number of research projects. Many members of staff have presented at both national and international conferences and have published in recognised peer-reviewed journals.See below for a list of recent publications.
- Irish Society Chartered of Physiotherapists
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
- World Confederation for Physical Therapy
- Royal College of Surgeons
- University College Dublin (UCD)
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