Alumni profiles - Kayur Kotecha

MSc (pre-reg) Physiotherapy

Medical Rehabilitation Case Manager, Argent Rehabilitation

I found being able to initially learn the course theory and then apply it in various practical placement environments invaluable."

What are you currently doing and who are you working for?

I currently work full-time as a Medical Rehabilitation Case Manager for a company called Argent Rehabilitation. Alongside this role, which is non-clinical, I continue to maintain my hands on clinical skills as an Interim Physiotherapist for the Football Association (England). I am currently Squad Physiotherapist for the England Futsal team. I also run my own private practice in the evenings/ weekends.

Which course did you study at the University of Birmingham and how it benefited you?

I undertook the MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy course at the University. Being on a masters course, it helped me develop advanced critical thinking skills which is an important attribute for the healthcare professionals particularly in today's challenging and every changing healthcare environment.

What made you to decide to study at the University of Birmingham?

I was previously accepted on the the same course at Manchester Metropolitan (which wasn't my first choice) and having spent my undergraduate years at Loughborough University it was important for me to study at a University that is well respected in industry so when I was offered a place at Birmingham a week before the the course started I jumped at the opportunity. Studying at one of the best institutions was a priority for me particularly in terms of employability.

How did you find your first year in Birmingham?

My first year was incredibly tough learning curve partly due to the different learning style required when studying a healthcare disciple such as Physiotherapy where self-directed learning and problem solving is central to the course. However, all staff and course peers were very helpful which made this tough start an adaptable process.

How did going to University as a whole benefit you?

Continuing onto a masters programme developed me positively as a personally and professionally. I developed skills (communication, team-working, independent learning) especially), that I would have not otherwise.

How did you find campus life?

Campus life was good. The resources available were infinite. Depending on what you wanted to do whether, you could do it whether it was to study, meet friends for lunch, play sport or keep fit or take part in group activity - it was all there and all in close proximity!

How did you find living in Birmingham?

I lived at home but felt that I could turn to the student community there for support when required. Most people on my course lived in Birmingham and they were always very approachable.

Any tips or words of wisdom that you would like to pass on to other students thinking of coming to study here?

Be open-minded and receptive to all that you come across during your time education in education. It is a never ending learning curve and those you listen to may provide you with the missing link to your future aspirations.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My aspirations for the future are to develop my career either in an advancing physiotherapy role or within a senior management role. One day I would like to run my own company providing healthcare solutions to corporate business.