Worthing physiotherapists nominated for award for excellent teaching

Two ‘brilliant’ NHS physiotherapists from Worthing have been nominated for awards recognising their excellent teaching for students on work placements.

Roberto Cruz Ramirez, 28, and Sean Geall, 32, were highly praised for their work at Zachary Merton Hospital in Rustington for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

They have been nominated by a physiotherapy student at the University of Winchester, which wants to recognise high-quality coaching, teaching, mentorship, clinical supervision, leadership and development given to students on work placements.

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The nomination reads: “Roberto and Sean are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable physiotherapists. They made me feel welcome and part of the team right from the start.

Physiotherapists Roberto Cruz Ramirez, left, and Sean Geall have been nominated for awards

“As teachers, they were able to explain to myself and another student with ease, their confidence gave us confidence and made us more comfortable to get stuck into the job.

“They took the time to show us what we can improve on and gave constructive feedback to us throughout - brilliant physiotherapists and brilliant men.”

The pair will find out the results at an awards ceremony in the summer.

Roberto, who lives in Worthing, has worked for the trust since July 2018.

He said: “I feel really thrilled about this nomination. It was something completely unexpected and it obviously feels great to have some recognition for the job we’ve done with the students during these difficult times.

“To be fair, we were very lucky to have such great students, who made our jobs much easier.”

Sean, who lives in Goring, had worked for the trust previously and re-joined just over a year ago.

He said: “I feel very proud, grateful and happy to have been nominated for this award.

“I am happy to have been able to offer such a great learning experience to future physiotherapists and to have had a positive impact on their career to date while continuing to offer great patient care.

“Overall, it has made the supervision of the students an even more positive experience.”

Roberto and Sean have been working on inpatients’ therapy, specialising in the rehabilitation of elderly patients and discharge planning, but Sean has just moved to another job in the trust.