I’m currently writing this blog having just finished dinner at a restaurant not far from our hotel; I’m honoured to be joined on this teaching trip with my good friend Joe Palmer. Following 18-hours of travelling and enduring a gruelling 10-hours of flying with a seemingly endless supply of complimentary food and drinks (!!) we’ve made it to New Delhi, India.
I am honoured to be invited to teach on both days of the ‘International workshop on Advancements in Shoulder and Spine Rehabilitation’ hosted by the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research. The Sitaram Bhartia is is a 70-bed, multi-specialty hospital located in New Delhi’s Qutab Institutional Area, they have a strong emphasis on ethical medical practice that always puts the interest of the patient first.
My first impressions of New Delhi are that in the UK we could make a lot more use of our car horns (!); the roads appear to represent a process of uncontrolled mayhem that somehow works seamlessly with little road rage, accidents or undue delay! Parking is readily available and never really an issue as you can just park the car where you’ve left it without too much concern – you merely need to be able to contend with an ever-growing use of the car horn to inform anybody in the vicinity that your vehicle is indeed present and moving. Naturally, you need to be a heavy sleeper to cope well in New Delhi!
Having slept off some of the resulting jet lag from the previous day’s travel, we were welcomed to the Sitaram Bhartia by Dr Aman Sachdeva; Dr Aman is the organising chairman of the workshop and the Head of Physiotherapy at the institute and we were duly given a tour of the facilities. The institute is a working, functioning hospital and outpatient clinic that is closely integrated with the research faculty; allowing clinicians to both practice and regularly undertake research within the same setting – the UK could learn a thing or two here.
Having both attended and hosted a number of courses in the UK, it will be a refreshing and valuable experience to see how courses are delivered by Professionals in other countries. There are 105 Physiotherapists attending the workshop over the weekend and I am excited to be able to deliver my workshop, share knowledge and learn with clinicians from a different culture.
Please see here to read about the next day.