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Chris Onoufriou BSc Physiotherapy, 2017

Third Year Student and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Representative

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Hi I'm Chris Onoufriou and I'm currently studying Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton.

I have undertaken a one-week observation placement in a neuro-centre and a six-week musculoskeletal out-patients placement. I have also got to know qualified physiotherapists.

The University of Southampton was a great option for me; not only did I value its Russell Group status but it also offers great facilities and the structure of the course suited me. I found the lecturers very friendly at the Open Days and there was a great vibe about the place.

Since starting my degree, I've found lecturers create  a relaxed and fun environment to learn in, for the theory components of the course, but still provide detailed resources to help consolidate this teaching. I really enjoy the practical sessions of the course; our placements provide great opportunities to meet potential future employers. If we do well within a particular placement, the supervisors often say they would like us to come back once we're qualified. 

So far I have undertaken a one-week observation placement in a neuro-centre and a six-week musculoskeletal out-patients placement. Not only have I learnt so much but I have also got to know qualified physiotherapists, who are happy to answer questions and pass on valuable extra skills. Outside of placements, we are also given the opportunity to study other related subjects such as massage or taping courses, organised externally, to further our skill set once more.

I have become a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) representative, which means that I represent my University and cohort on our governing body. Attending meetings as a CSP rep has aided my communicational skills and helped me build networks across all the universities. These contacts are priceless as we all support and help each other. I’m also involved in the start-up of the new Physiotherapy Society. This will allow the physiotherapy students in all three years to be able to mix and get to know each other better.

Due to the diverse nature of physiotherapy, there are many career paths I can take once finishing my course of study; I am keeping future career options open until nearer the time of graduating.

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