Consultant physiotherapist achieves professional doctorate

A consultant physiotherapist at the trust has achieved a professional doctorate.

Dr Atle Karstad, who is the only consultant physiotherapist at the trust, was part of the first cohort to complete the professional doctorate at Teesside University.

The intensive part time course took six years to complete. He said: “In addition to being the musculoskeletal professional lead, a big part of my role is also to lead on research and education, which made me decide to do the professional doctorate.”

Dr Karstad has been an honorary lecturer at Teesside University since 2003 as part of his consultant role and has been the musculoskeletal lead in his consultant role since he was appointed in 2003.

He continued: “My thesis was about developing a better understanding of the meaning of interprofessional learning and how professionals work together.

In spite of being a key element of government policy, exploring interprofessional learning using fourth generation evaluation has not been done before and I wanted to explore this for musculoskeletal services, which are provided both in hospital and in the community.

A new national framework has been developed based on the research findings. The work, which will be published, may also be transferable to other specialties.

“It was hard work. It takes over your life and I couldn’t have done it without the support from colleagues in the trust and my family.”

Clinical director for integrated care services Linda Watson added: “This is a fantastic personal achievement and for the trust.”

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