Angie Logan works at the Lanyon Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, Camborne & Redruth Community Hospital, Cornwall.
Professional background: specialist physiotherapist in strokes.
"The structure and content of the MSc offered at Plymouth University suited my personal requirements more than other universities because I wanted a combination of modules that would complement and enhance my clinical practice as well as those that would develop my research knowledge and skills. Location of the university and flexibility of the delivery of the modules were important to me – the combination of block face-to-face and distance modules meant I could maximise study time as well as access teaching staff whenever I needed to.
The MSc needed to be specific and relevant to my clinical practice as a stroke specialist physiotherapist. Ultimately I wanted to be a better clinician, to develop myself professionally by improving my knowledge of neurological anatomy/physiology; neuroscience and rehabilitation as well as being able to critically appraise and implement up-to-date evidence into my clinical practice. I also hoped that the knowledge, skills and clinical experience gained would enable me to maximise quality of life and functional movement for my patients both in my day-to-day clinical practice, as well as provide the opportunity to contribute to the existing evidence base in stroke rehabilitation.
I wanted to improve my problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills based on the most recent and relevant evidence. I hoped this would facilitate me to provide focused and effective interventions for my patients as well as being a more effective team member. My expectations were met, in fact they were exceeded! I feel I have the knowledge and confidence to use research (both existing and my own) to guide my professional practice.
Since starting the MSc I have implemented knowledge and skills into my daily practice. I believe I am a more skilled, informed and effective clinician as a result of my MSc. The knowledge, skills and experience gained has enabled me to develop peers, juniors and students through in-service training and collaborative working. I now have the skills to review interventions and the wider service by critically evaluating relevant research around concepts and ideas."