‘This is a vocation that I thoroughly enjoy and although I’m not the youngest of therapists, I feel that my experience in sport and in the commercial environment has set me up to provide a quality service. I believe it’s very important to give clients the best possible service and at times that means admitting that I’m unable to progress this to a satisfactory conclusion and referring on. I enjoy working with other healthcare practitioners and have a mutual relationship with a number of them, where we work both independently and together to achieve the best conclusion. It is important to understand that the person treating you has the appropriate qualifications and experience. Along with this, every professional who works in this industry should participate in continual professional development. I am currently the Vice Chairman of the Sports Therapy Organisation.
I’ve taken a step by step approach with my learning starting with the Level 5 Sports and Remedial Massage Diploma which I then upgraded to Level 5 Sports Therapy. Having got a bit of the learning bug, I then took this further with the Level 5 Clinical Sports Therapy Diploma.
To keep my knowledge up to date and to learn new skills I decided to take the Level 6 in Advanced Clinical Sports Therapy. I have completed all the practical elements which included advanced myofascial release, clinical massage and the level 1 acupuncture.
I’m also looking to start teaching as well, getting my teaching qualification in 2015 and starting in Autumn 2016 with my first course in taping and strapping which will have my own twist.’
What do these levels mean? For reference, Level 5 is the equivalent of a Foundation Degree or HND and Level 6 is the equivalent of a Batchelors Degree (Source: Ofqual).
Kate graduated with a Masters degree with Merit in Osteopathy from Oxford Brookes University.
Kate has a previous diploma in Equine Science and has worked extensively with both horses and riders in a highly competitive environment. Kate has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation and in the last three years has worked closely with the Hungerford rugby team, providing taping, rehabilitation and pitch-side assistance.
Kate has also assisted with taping and pitch-side for both the Berkshire U21’s and Berkshire Men’s Rugby teams. She also provides osteopathic care for the whole range of non-sports related problems that we treat at WBIC. Kate is registered with the general osteopathic council (GOsC), and having known Andrew Spaak for some time through Hungerford Rugby Club, has just recently teamed up with West Berkshire Injury Clinic to be able to bring a variety of new treatments to their clients, no matter what their age.