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  • Position at One Small Step Gait Laboratory, Guy's Hospital London

    The job
    This is a two-year post offered at the Senior I, on Physiotherapist Scale
    (£25,388 - £29,483). There will be a mix of clinical (40%) and research
    (60%) duties, with the successful applicant expected to be involved in a
    number of projects but taking responsibility for the one detailed below.
    Clinical duties include conducting data collection and processing and report
    drafting. We believe the post is an excellent opportunity for a
    physiotherapist with a demonstrable interest in research to develop a
    profile in biomechanics.

    The project
    One of our principal concerns is the lack of correlation between variables
    in the clinical examination (static variables) and those in walking (dynamic
    variables). We wish to investigate whether the clinical examination may be
    improved by the introduction of electromyography and imaging techniques.
    Specifically, we wish to use electromyographic techniques to estimate the
    force-length-activity relationships of muscles in passive movements and
    assess neurological elements of the examination. We will use imaging
    techniques to measure bony and soft tissue dimensions and correlate these
    with measured joint ranges and estimates of bony torsion.
    The successful candidate will expected to make measurements on normal
    children and children with cerebral palsy in the laboratory and under
    general anaesthesia.

    Background
    Guy’s Hospital is one of the most respected teaching hospitals in London,
    founded in 1725 by the businessman Thomas Guy, as a hospital for incurables,
    caring for those patients discharged from the nearby St. Thomas’ hospital.
    The two hospitals have maintained their close historical links with the
    formation of a joint medical school in 1982 and a single hospital Trust in
    1993. In 1998, the medical schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ joined with King
    ’s College medical school to form the GKT medical school. Guy’s benefited
    from the merger with new buildings and excellent information facilities. Guy
    ’s is situated on a single site in central London, 3 minutes walk from
    London Bridge railway station.
    The Newcomen centre, Guy’s Hospital, has been a specialist unit treating
    children with cerebral palsy for many years. With the opening of The One
    Small Step Gait & Movement Laboratory in 1998, Guy’s hospital was able to
    offer a more comprehensive service to the children of south-east London, and
    the south east corner of England. The laboratory’s main purpose is to
    develop and use tools for the objective assessment of gait problems in
    children, particularly those with cerebral palsy. We are proud of our output
    but our looking to develop our clinical service further through a funded
    programme of highly-focussed Research and Development.

    More details?
    If you wish to know more about the job you can contact Adam Shortland PhD
    (email: adam.shortland@gstt.sthames.nhs.uk ; phone: +44 (0) 20 7955 2339).
    For an job application pack contact Tracy Strain (email:
    Tracy.Strain@gstt.sthames.nhs.uk ; phone: +44 (0) 20 7 955 7756 Quote:
    reference W685)

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