1,000 University of Brighton students are graduating today, 7 February, and for two, it will be a double celebration.
Madeleine Tait and Elaine Bong are the first to graduate under the University’s accelerated pre-registration MSc podiatry validation programme – and they’ve had their dissertation published in a journal.
Their thesis called on podiatrists, physiotherapists, and orthotists need to unify treatments to better support children with foot pain.
The two collected data from 55 health professionals and their work has been published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.
The research found inconsistencies in how the professionals assessed children and there was variation in how the condition was managed and differences in outcomes.
Madeleine and Elaine concluded: “These findings might be explained by the lack of robust evidence and suggests that more effort is needed to harmonize assessment and treatment approaches between professions.
“Addressing discrepancies in practice could help prioritize professional roles in this area, and better support the management of children with foot pain.”
Madeleine left teaching to join podiatry and is now working in a private practice based in Wimbledon where she specialises in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders of the lower leg.
Elaine has returned to her native Malaysia where podiatrists are in demand owing to severe shortage of professionals.
Dr Simon Otter, Principal Lecturer in the University’s School of Health Sciences, said: “Congratulations to Maddie and Elaine on graduating and for their brilliant dissertation, research that may well improve treatment for children with painful feet.”
Madeleine and Elaine will be collecting their awards during WinterGraduation ceremonies at the Brighton Centre today (Fri).
Professor Debra Humphris, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “All the students can be extremely proud of their achievements – and so too can their families, friends and everyone at the University for the support they have given.
“Our talented graduates embody the vital role that universities play in society and I am certain they will make significant and positive contributions to society and the challenges we face.”