Verity Scholes' persistence during her time as a Sports Therapy undergraduate has paid off, as she becomes the newest member of the UCLan Physio Clinic team.
During her time as a student, Verity worked alongside many of the UCLan Sport teams and also completed two years of work experience at Fylde Rugby Club. She also enhanced her CV with a placement at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.
We advise all our students to gain as much practical experience as possible during their course, and Verity is a great example of someone who embraced this idea.
She said: "Between my second and third year at UCLan I travelled to New Zealand where I undertook a six week voluntary internship. I worked closely with Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Specialist Teachers in the treatment and management of students aged 14-21, all with a variety of disabilities.
"This involved rehabilitation, massage and setting and adapting individual treatment plans, hydrotherapy and riding therapy. A wide range of communication techniques were also needed in order to communicate with the students due to varying levels of disabilities."
Verity also attended the London 2012 Olympics as a Medical Volunteer Games Maker. Based at the Olympic Park Common Domain she worked as a First Responder to members of the public, staff and athletes.
"My work included the main athletics arena, basketball dome and velodrome. Over the three weeks spent there I covered a wide variety of injuries and other medical requirements.
"I've also gained experience at Headley Court, Surrey. Here I worked alongside the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation teams as part of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit (DMRU).
"I assisted amputee soldiers in their rehabilitation and physical therapy interventions in order to progress them onto the use of prosthetics, where appropriate. I completed a large amount of Hydrotherapy throughout my time there.
"I've since been back to support Headley Court's 'Team True Spirit' through UK Ironman and continue to have a good relationship with them, offering support at various sporting events.
Since graduating and becoming a member of the Society of Sports Therapists, Verity has worked as a member of the medical team at Wharfedale Rugby Union Club, and also treated clients on a private basis, both mobile and clinic based.
Through building a strong work relationship with the management of Reebok Crossfit Spectrum, Preston, Verity has been able to set up a clinic room there and continues to use the gym as a rehabilitation base.
UCLan PaST would like to congratulate Verity on her appointment to the Physio Clinic team.