Advanced Learning Platform
Nil volentibus arduum - Stretch yourself
THIM University has an extensive international network of educational partners, clinics and healthcare institutions. Now THIM joins forces with DIH, Motekforce Link, FysioRoadmap and Hocoma, companies specialised in rehabilitation technology and virtual reality. Together with her partners, THIM University has created the Advanced Learning Platform (ALP). ALP is a framework that provides lecturers, students, professionals, partners and others with information, tools and resources to support and enhance educational delivery and management. ALP offers educational programmes, on-the-job training, professional (online) courses and seminars to healthcare professionals. The platform is expressly designed to share knowledge with each other and to learn from each other. Openness and willingness to contribute are required to participate effectively in ALP.
The lectorate of THIM focuses on innovation in rehabilitation. The application of knowledge and technology developed elsewhere, can greatly enrich rehabilitation. Lots of valuable knowledge is available from other fields, healthcare professionals really do not need to invent everything themselves. The challenge is to turn this knowledge into behavior(-change), assisted by using technology in clinical practice and daily life. The lectorate's focus in both research and education is on the establishment of this behavioral change. Would you like to know more about the lectorate? Please click here,
Treatment & Care
The definition of health changes from a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing (more than absence of disease) to a new concept. Health is described herein as the ability of people to adapt and implement their own control, in the context of the physical, emotional and social challenges of life (Huber et al, 2010). Within healthcare, interprofessional practice is an important aspect. Interprofessional action is described as a partnership between a team of several care providers and a client in a participatory, collaborative and coordinated approach of joint decision-making on health and social issues.
Within ALP, GoFysio is an important player as caregiver to develop a physiotherapy practice of the future. Research, innovation, management and technology play an important role.
The main pillars are:
- The therapists become specialist within the team through experience, cooperation and education
- More attention to the patient through efficient working methods
- Mutual exchange of knowledge and experience between the therapists
- Improved collaboration between the therapists
- A strong network of GPs, sports GPs and specialists
- Excellent results by working according to the latest scientific insights
In an increasingly globalized world, it is important to bear in mind the international context of education and (health)professions. Knowledge about other countries and our Dutch position in the world is of great importance. In addition, the society becomes more diverse and the Netherlands are increasingly competing with other countries in the world, even when it comes to offering courses and internship placements.
Students and teachers must have the orientation, knowledge and skills that enable them to communicate, collaborate and reflect in international contexts abroad and domestically on international issues. This we call ‘to be internationally competent’. In future, every graduate should possess these skills. By increasing internationalization, more and more professions should master one or more foreign languages and a flexible attitude towards others.
From the vision of the Advanced Learning Platform to share tools and expertise to learn, teach, collaborate and innovate we offered our students the opportunity to go to China for an internship. Nine senior students, who were all in different phases of their academic career, either as a first-time intern, second-time intern or having completed all required internships, had made a challenging and exciting choice, that contributed to their personal development as a physiotherapist and, more importantly, as a person.
They participated in a four-week internship in China, with a preparatory period of six weeks before and a ten-week period afterwards, both in the Netherlands. During the preparation the students learned to work with high end technological equipment (e.g. C-Mill and MRS equipment), did gait analyses using the C-Mill, developed (creative) exercise therapy within both non-technological and technological settings, made connections within both the diagnostic and therapeutic process based on domain-specific knowledge (orthopaedics/ neurology) and they received an introduction into Chinese culture.
After this preparatory phase the students left for China and were welcomed in Beijing by our partners from DIH. Our students travelled with them to Chengdu and Shanghai for a four-week internship in a rehabilitation center with high end technological equipment. They were introduced to different departments, like occupational therapy and physical therapy, where they worked with their supervisors with both orthopaedic and neurological patients. The students learned to communicate, collaborate and reflect in several situations with patients, physiotherapists and doctors. The language barrier, difference in culture and difference in healthcare provision posed an exciting challenge. This internship helped students develop personal traits like resilience, flexibility and independency.
We are happy to have received positive remarks from our corporate partner in Beijing and the rehabilitation centers. All nine students reported having had a great time in the rehabilitation centers and they all have grown in their professional, personal and international competences, each in his own way. Some of them have expressed their interest in starting a career in China. Our corporate partner in Beijing has already indicated there are many viable opportunities that they would like to offer, based on mutual interests and expectations.