Patricia Collins (Physiotherapist)
Patricia qualified with a BSc (HONS) Physiotherapy in 2001 and spent four and a half years working for the NHS followed by a year at Spire Hospital. She worked across Orthopaedics, Neurological and Cardiothoracic Rehabilitation, Women’s Health, Rheumatology, Intensive care, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Outpatients.
After leaving the hospital environment she took up a post with the Ministry of Defence, delivering occupational health services and lengthy rehabilitation programmes for those injured both at work and in the sporting environment. She helped soldiers return to full duties in the shortest time possible and worked closely with military athletes to gain her first experience of physiotherapy in elite sport.
Patricia spent the next three years with Orthopaedic Surgeon and former England Rugby player, Mr Jonathan Webb at his clinic in Bristol. The Clinic was a multidisciplinary practice, which incorporated the expertise of orthopaedic surgeons, Sports Medicine Doctors, Musculoskeletal Radiologists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Sports Massage Therapists. She gained considerable experience in preparing patients for orthopaedic surgery and extensive rehabilitation experience with patients following sports and other musculoskeletal injuries.
Patricia has worked in sports from amateur to professional and elite levels, spending many years at the side of a rugby pitch where she provides immediate trauma care, in addition to diagnosing and managing any injuries that arise. She spent several years with Old Colstonian’s RFC in Bristol, and then the University of Bristol Men’s and Women’s RFC. She currently works with the Ireland Rugby Football Union (IRFU) with the IQ (Ireland Qualified) branch based in the UK. Patricia served as team physiotherapist to Team GB Bobsleigh and travelled to the World Championships with the squad. She has worked with Team GB Paralympians in the run-up to London 2012, and toured with GB Ultimate Frisbee to the World Championships as well as supporting Wales Lacrosse under 19 on training camps.
In addition to work at the university, Patricia has set up a Physiotherapy practice in The Cotswolds, where she lives. She is rarely far from a rugby pitch, as Club Physiotherapist for Minchinhampton RFC keeps her Saturdays busy throughout the season.