Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Marc Sanders graduated from AECC University College in 2017. He holds a BSc in Human Sciences and an MSc in Chiropractic.
While at AECC University College, Marc won two awards for academic excellence: the Hugh Gemmell Memorial Fellowship and the Arthur Scofield Memorial Award.
He tells us more about his career so far, his PhD and what made him proud to study at AECC University College:
“I originally completed a degree in biochemistry – at the time I was interested in both biology and chemistry.
“I wanted something that was a little more rewarding from day to day in terms of job satisfaction. As a chiropractor, you help people and quickly see the direct benefits of their treatment.
“My father was a chiropractor and it really inspired me to watch him with patients to become one too.
“I worked for a couple of clinics and also worked for myself for some time. I worked as a clinical science lecturer at AECC University College last year and am currently working at a clinic in Camberley, Surrey. “
Integration of chiropractic into the NHS
“I recently started my doctorate, which I had always planned. I decided to work part time clinically and work part time on the PhD.
“My doctorate consists of three parts. The first part looks at the global integration of chiropractors into health systems. I also look at these services and learn about any successes or problems they have experienced. My aim is to educate the integration of chiropractic into the NHS in the UK.
“The other two parts of the doctorate focus on the UK. I’m looking at a current model running within the Essex NHS – a service assessment – and what patients think about it. I am interested in how patients use this particular service.
“This is basically a mixed service between NHS and private funding, and I am interested in the patient and local musculoskeletal (MSC) implications. Again, it will be helpful to inform future integration within the NHS and what this model might look like.
“I believe that as chiropractors we have the competence and the skills to potentially play different roles within the NHS. I think as chiropractors we need to know more about how the NHS works and the systems and processes that they follow. We have the skills to help MSK patients, and it could be another career path for a chiropractic graduate.
“We have similar skills to osteopaths and physiotherapists: I think we would be a real asset to the workforce and help manage the burden of these MSK problems in the UK.
“I want to do my PhD in the next three to four years. It should technically take six to seven years part-time, but I took on the challenge. “
Effects of COVID-19
“During the initial lockdown, chiropractors were not advised to see patients in person, and everyone found these first few months particularly difficult. During this time, I did some research studies to keep myself occupied, focusing on remote consultations between chiropractors and their patients. Remote counseling is an additional tool in the toolbox of our profession that we can use to care for our patients. “
Proud to be AECC
“I really enjoyed my time at AECC University College. It’s a close community and you get to know your tutors and lecturers very well – especially over five years. It’s a really nice learning environment. I also made good friends there, with whom I am still in contact.
“The clinical experience I gained while at AECC UC has been brilliant. Studying as an intern meant we all felt well prepared after graduation. Most of us wanted to see as many patients as possible and learn as much as possible from the experience. Many of my years went way beyond the number of patients we expected just because we were so excited!
“We also worked at the Sports BU satellite chiropractic clinic at Bournemouth University, which was run by interns under the supervision of a qualified chiropractor. We had a really nice team of ours that went every Tuesday to treat the sports teams and the BU staff. It was great fun and after graduation we had good life experiences again by running aspects of the clinic such as: B. the organization of paperwork, marketing events and the planning of appointments as well as the treatment process itself. “
You can find more information about our chiropractic courses at AECC University College here.
Above: Marc Sanders