"This ended up being a much larger book than I originally envisaged - encompassing a greater breadth of topics and ultimately better reflecting the need for physiotherapy today."
- A multidisciplinary and international collaboration
The book will be grounded in the real world of clinicians and reinforced by the input from a very strong academic team. This includes the universities of Liverpool, Preston, Manchester, Keele, London, Coventry, Leicester, Brighton, UCL, Nottingham, and Georgia (USA). This international input can be of particular value for students interested in working internationally.
The future publication has also already attracted strong interest from UK-based teaching hospitals along with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) clinics. The variety of collaborations could help further the content across Neurology, Occupational Health, Women’s Health, Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Physiotherapy Pain Association.
- A Participatory Process involving students-led feedback
Dr Porter highlights the importance of students' feedback on the quality of the material he developed. In his words, student feedback is crucial in gaining truthful understanding of whether the content is correctly addressing students’ unmet needs and in collecting further insights on what they truly need. This step is crucial as Dr Porter points out as ultimately, the aim is to supply content which is approachable, understandable and offers real and tangible solutions. As a result, several students from the Physiotherapy programme at the University of Salford were involved in this project, and some of them even feature on the book's front cover.
'The Student Physiotherapist's Companion: A Case-Based Test-Your-Knowledge Guide' is due to be published by late 2023 and will be available at the University of Salford library, Elsevier and on Amazon.