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'Brilliant' Roberto and Sean up for awards

Date: 30 March 2021

Two NHS physiotherapists have been nominated for awards recognising excellent teaching for students on work placements. 

Roberto Cruz Ramirez (pictured left) and Sean Geall (pictured right), who have both been working at Zachary Merton Hospital, in Rustington, for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, the largest provider of NHS community services in Sussex, are in line to be honoured by the University of Winchester. 

They have been nominated by one of the Hampshire university’s physiotherapy students, who responded to its call to recognise high-quality practice education – the coaching, teaching, mentorship, clinical supervision, leadership and development given to students on work placements. 

The student’s nomination says: “Roberto and Sean are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable physiotherapists. They made me feel welcome and part of the team right from the start. 

“As teachers, they were able to explain to myself and another student with ease, their confidence gave us confidence and made us more comfortable to get stuck into the job. 

“They took the time to show us what we can improve on and gave constructive feedback to us throughout - brilliant physiotherapists and brilliant men.” 

Although the details have not been confirmed, it is understood that Roberto and Sean may discover if they have been honoured at an awards ceremony in the summer. 

Roberto, a 28-year-old Spaniard who lives in Worthing and has worked for the Trust since July 2018, said: “I feel really thrilled about this nomination. 

“It was something completely unexpected and it obviously feels great to have some recognition for the job we’ve done with the students during these difficult times. 

“To be fair, we were very lucky to have such great students, who made our jobs much easier.” 

Sean, 32, who lives in Goring by Sea and re-joined the Trust just over a year ago, said:  “I feel very proud, grateful and happy to have been nominated for this award. 

“I am happy to have been able to offer such a great learning experience to future physiotherapists and to have had a positive impact on their career to date while continuing to offer great patient care. 

“Overall, it has made the supervision of the students an even more positive experience.” 

Roberto and Sean have both been working in inpatients’ therapy at Zachary Merton Hospital, specialising in the rehabilitation of elderly patients and discharge planning. Sean has just moved to another job in the Trust.