Lecturers on Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Physiotherapy degree course have lent their expertise to help boost training for NHS staff working to tackle the challenge of COVID-19.

The lecturers have already provided one session in person at the university’s Plas Coch campus and are set to provide further training soon via the internet.

The initial session, held in the university’s large new SCALE-Up teaching space – to allow social distancing between learners –  saw Glyndwr’s lecturers work with physiotherapists from two Welsh health boards – including North Wales’ Betsi Cadwaladr University health board – to help boost and refresh their skills in respiratory care.

The training was for those physiotherapists who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal presentations, and was carried out with the valuable support of Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW.)

Julie Wilkins, who is professional lead for Glyndwr’s Physiotherapy degree, was among those who worked to set the day up and teach its participants.

She said: “This training will help the physiotherapists support and work with their colleagues on the wards at this busy time, providing care for patients.

“We are very grateful to all those who take part, to HEIW, and to our university catering team via Aramark – who provided free refreshments and lunch for the healthcare workers taking part.”

Stephen Griffiths, HEIW Director of Nursing, added: “This is a fantastic piece of work at a very difficult time.

“It just goes to show the level of commitment and compassion of everyone involved when it comes to supporting each other and caring for the people of Wales. We are  very pleased to have been part of this and proud of all that has been achieved in such a short space of time.”

And Adrian Thomas, Executive Director of Therapies and Health Sciences at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “This is a fantastic example of some of the collaborative work taking place between organisations to meet the challenge posed by COVID-19. We’re extremely grateful to everyone involved for setting it up and delivering it so quickly.”

Madi Ruby, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Partnership and Employability in Glyndwr’s Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, added: “Partnership working means more than ever at this time.

“Extending the links between our university, our health boards, HEIW and more will help us face this challenge together.”