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The University of Southampton

Going into therapy: University launches new physiotherapy treatment centre

Published: 18 January 2006

The University of Southampton has joined forces with business to launch a new physiotherapy clinic for students, staff and local residents. Health IQ, which is a joint venture between the School of Health Professions & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Sport & Recreation Service, opens on Thursday 19 January at the Jubilee Sports Centre on the Highfield campus.

The growing number of elite athletes at the University supported through the Government's Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and the University's own sports bursary schemes highlighted the need for quick and convenient treatment for sports injuries. However, the University recognised that a physiotherapy service for athletes with sports injuries could benefit many more people by providing treatment for a full range of conditions including back pain, joints, fractures and rehabilitation.

Health IQ is managed by the School of Health Professions and physiotherapy treatment will be provided by LB Healthcare, whose Director, Lisa Brown, is a University of Southampton physiotherapy graduate. The initiative has received generous support from Physio Med, the largest physiotherapy suppliers in the UK.

"Many other universities provide similar services and we hope that the clinic will be well received both on campus and in the local community," says Sam Mills, Business Development Manager at the School of Health Professions. "It is a natural progression for the School to diversify into the provision of physio treatment, and the fact that the service involves one of our very own graduates enhances its appropriateness."

The clinic is recognised by all private medical insurers. The cost for self-funding patients is £38 for an initial assessment and £33 for a follow-up appointment. To arrange an appointment call 01489 569888.

Notes for editors

  1. Digital images of Lisa Brown, MD of LB Healthcare, Helen Stone, University TASS Athlete Co-ordinator and elite athlete James Roache at the Health IQ centre are available from Media Relations on request.
  2. The School of Health Professions & Rehabilitation Sciences is at the forefront of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy & Podiatry research and education. The School's research has explicit focus and expertise in Neurorehabilitation and Life Sciences. The success of the School's research is evidenced by its publication record in high quality peer-reviewed international journals and external support from regional and local health authorities and charities and research councils. For more information on the School, contact Sam Mills on 023 8059 5915 or
  3. The University of Southampton is one of the UK's top 10 research universities, with a global reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. With first-rate opportunities and facilities across a wide range of subjects in science and engineering, health, arts and humanities, the University has around 20,000 students and 5000 staff at its campuses in Southampton and Winchester. Its annual turnover is in the region of £274 million.
    Southampton is recognised internationally for its leading-edge research in engineering, science, computer science and medicine, and for its strong enterprise agenda. It is home to world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research; the Optoelectronics Research Centre; the Textile Conservation Centre; the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease; and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.
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