A Bute healthcare worker has received a Doctor of Philosophy award from the University of the West of Scotland after completing a study on the prevention and management of falls.
Physiotherapist Christine McArthur was able to complete her PhD by working part-time in her job as a physiotherapist on the island while carrying out research on Islay.
Her thesis explored community involvement in healthcare, focussing especially on falls prevention, and Christine is now working full time across NHS Highland as the coordinator for the prevention and management of falls.
Christine said: “I would like to thank senior managers from NHS Highland for their support, especially Mary Wilson, the lead Allied Health Professional in Argyll and Bute, and Pat Tyrrell, the Lead Nurse.
“Their encouragement and enthusiasm was inspirational and really helped me when I was completing my studies.
“The research for my thesis took place on Islay and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the island. I am also really proud of the fact that I have been selected to present my research results at a number of conferences, both national and international.”
Pat Tyrrell added: “I know that Christine put a lot of hard work and effort into the research for her thesis and I am really pleased that she has achieved her Doctorate.
“She is a great asset to the health service and in her role as the coordinator for the prevention and management of falls she is making a real difference to the lives of the people that she works with.”