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It’s Cool to Collaborate


I’ve been thinking, dangerous I know and I wanted to share some of my musings. We all come across various professionals in healthcare and often a good many. Many are memorable, hopefully for the right reasons but occasionally someone really stands out.

For me, my standout colleagues are ones I have collaborated with. I like the Cambridge dictionary definition of collaboration who say it is, ‘to work with someone else for a special purpose.’

My collaboration with Phil Adds, Clinical Anatomist started with my request for an image of the quads on a cadaver! When he responded with enthusiasm that he had many images as it was an area of particular interest this pricked my curiosity. A few coffees later we had hatched a research plan. What was so perfect was he was leading on the anatomy, and I was leading on the clinical questions. A truly perfect collaboration. Neither could do it without the other. This collaboration started in 2007 and continues to this day.

Last year there was a similar moment for Dr Claire Minshull and I. It was evident we were both passionate about knees, exercise and patient -focused care. We were both mad keen on empowering our course delegates and both keen to learn more. So, the obvious thing once again was to collaborate. Claire and I (you have to give us a bonus point for both being called Claire) spent last year writing and in November delivering, The PFJ: From Pain to Performance, our one-day course. After a lot of laughter our first draft was about four days long! After all, Claire wanted all her exercise pearls in there, and I wanted all my clinical pearls in there. So we set to work, learning masses off each other and interweaved our knowledge to come up with a course that hit another mutual passion, clinical applicability. Could I have written this course without her. No way! Could she have done this particular course without me-probably not. Once again, a result of a brilliant collaboration.

So my top tips on collaborating-keep your ears and eyes open to opportunities you could create. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it won’t be amazing.


The PFJ:  From Pain to Performance. Next at Leeds Beckett University on 27th April, 2024.



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