The Musculoskeletal Elf elfs out at 30th anniversary celebrations

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The_Msk_Elf-Twitter_reasonably_smallDid you know that Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in Scotland is the home of the Musculoskeletal Elf? Well several of the MSK Elves work there or are graduates from there.  It’s a special year for the Physiotherapy team at GCU as the first intake of BSc Physiotherapy students was at GCU founding institution Queens College in 1982. Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its physiotherapy degree graduates at an alumni drinks reception on Thursday, May 28.

As well as giving graduates an opportunity to network and celebrate their successes and achievements, the event will provide an overview of the University’s physiotherapy programmes and will discuss the future of physiotherapy education and of course there will be an opportunity to meet the Musculoskeletal Elves in person. Follow #GCUphysio30 on twitter

Guests will hear from three key speakers, Kay Keir, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy; Fiona Moffat, Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy; and Professor Valerie Webster, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, who will present on the past, present and future of physiotherapy at GCU.

There will also be an exhibition of articles, pictures and memorabilia from over the years.

One of our Musculoskeletal Elves Jane Green, GCU’s Head of Physiotherapy and Assistant Head of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences, said:

This is an exciting year for GCU and the School of Health and Life Sciences, particularly for the Physiotherapy Department.


There are several Musculoskeletal Elves working at or graduates from Glasgow Caledonian University

Over the past 30 years, graduates from GCU have made a large impact in the field of physiotherapy, working to develop and deliver high quality evidence based care across a wide range of specialities. This event will help to celebrate those achievements and allow the current physiotherapy academic and research staff to showcase some of the University’s research achievements, teaching resources and novel methods of disseminating evidence such as the Musculoskeletal Elf”.

The first intake of BSc Physiotherapy students was at GCU founding institution Queen’s College in 1982. These students went on to graduate in 1985 and were the first Physiotherapy graduates in Scotland and the second in the UK.

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The alumni drinks reception is one of a series of events planned throughout the 30th anniversary year. It will take place from 6pm in the GCU LEAD area of the William Harley Building. To register for the event, visit Eventbrite or call 0141 331 8769.



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Hi I am Tracey Howe. I am a Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and Deputy Chair of Glasgow City of Science. I am also an editor for the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group and a convenor for the Cochrane Health Care of Older People Field. I am a Trustee of the Picker Institute Europe. I started my career as a physiotherapist in the National Health Service in England. I have extensive experience of assessing the quality of research in Universities in the UK and internationally. I enjoy strategic visioning, creative problem-solving, and creating vibrant, multi-disciplinary environments, through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships, that empower others to succeed.

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