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Flexible skills spaces

Teaching is set to commence at our new Bournemouth Gateway Building in 2021, bringing a wide range of new equipment and facilities – including a plinth room.

This has been designed as a flexible skills space and gives you access to all the equipment you need to develop your practical skills for the treatment of musculoskeletal, cardiac, respiratory and neurological conditions – used by students on our physiotherapy, sports therapy, nursing and operating department practice students.

The plinth room at Bournemouth Gateway Building Computer-generated images are indicative of the final rooms. The precise equipment may differ from the illustration.

The room features a range of equipment, including:

  • Plinths with adjustable bed heights, ensuring correct positioning and safe working practice for you and your patients
  • Three large Bobath plinths that are used to practise moving and handling techniques that may require up to four therapists for a severely neurologically impaired patient
  • Hand tables for practising hand therapy skills
  • Audio-visual equipment to quickly and easily record gait and movement for motion analysis
  • Electrotherapy equipment, enabling you to practise the application of ultrasound, interferential, pulsed short wave diathermy, TENS, wax baths, heat and ice
  • Model skeletons that are used to teach skeletal anatomy
  • Respiratory and brain anatomy models, which are used in line with the simulator models to practise a range of techniques, including suctioning for respiratory care
  • Full-body simulator models that make sounds in response to treatments. These are predominantly used to simulate the treatment of patients within an intensive care unit
  • Exercise equipment to enable you to practise exercise prescription
  • Validated measurement tools, such as dynamometers, pressure biofeedback, expiratory volume meters and goniometers to allow you to practise measurement of treatment effects.
  • Audio and video recording facilities to record your training sessions, giving you the opportunity to watch yourself at work and reflect on your practice.

For physiotherapy and sports therapy students, as well as practising on one another, we also have real patients visiting our facilities from rehabilitation centres, allowing you to progress your training under supervision.

The following images are of our physiotherapy suite in Studland House on our Lansdowne Campus; practical teaching in this area is set to move to the Bournemouth Gateway Building in 2021.