Physio strikes a first for borough hospital

Doncaster Royal Infirmary physio Matthew Newton
Doncaster Royal Infirmary physio Matthew Newton

HOSPITAL physio Matthew Newton has achieved a UK first for the Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The orthopaedic physiotherapist has become the country’s only instructor qualified to teach for the prestigious International Maitland Teachers’ Association.

The Swiss-based organisation is famous for teaching physiotherapists.

Matthew works as a clinical lead to the physiotherapy service at the DRI, and trained for seven years to be able to teach for the IMTA.

Matthew said: “Having this qualification not only means I can teach others, but my patients too benefit greatly by having favourable outcomes from their therapy.

“This is a direct result of doing the IMTA programme.”

Matthew has already had offers to teach IMTA courses in Norway, Lithuania and Jordan. He is keen to include the UK in his teaching programme and plans to run regular courses for the trust which runs the DRI.