Academic Partnerships

Together, we recognise the benefits of collaboration in the field of learning, research, development and outreach opportunities.

Academic Partnerships

Together, we recognise the benefits of collaboration in the field of learning, research, development and outreach opportunities.

Academic Partnerships

Connect Health has developed partnerships with a range of universities, helping to provide to our comprehensive MSK Mentorship Programme, whereby physiotherapy students are offered training, mentoring, and professional development whilst studying for their degree collaborative research and innovation opportunities.


“Partnerships like this are so important and underpin our business infrastructure. It has been an incredibly exciting journey to get to where we are and we are delighted to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding with a range of universities.”

– Andrew Walton, Founder and Group Executive Director, Connect Health


Student Placements

During Covid-19 we put in place a Virtual Student Placement programme in partnership with Brunel University, King’s College London, and St George’s University. 

We have now returned to in-clinic only student placements which are organised directly with higher education institutes (HEIs). Please ask your HEI if they send students on Connect Health placements if you are interested in coming on a placement with us.

Find out more about our Virtual Student Placements


To find out how we set up the programme, and to help set up your own, take a look at our blog:

8-point guide to setting up virtual student placements


What our patients say about us

Karen explains how the Pain Management Programme has equipped her with the necessary learning to manage the pain and continue living her best life.

We speak with Sharon around her experience being part of the Pain Management Programme currently supporting those living with persistent pain across Wolverhampton.

Monica had a hip replacement 3 months ago and within 6 weeks, returned her walking sticks.

“I really enjoy coming to the gym. I can really feel the difference. The physios keep me straight and give me the confidence to go on.” Monica, Merton

We hear from Diana who suffers from chronic pain and has attended the Connect Health Pain Management Programme in Wolverhampton.

Kelly, from Hertfordshire, was suffering from depression and anxiety when she came to Connect Health. Her counsellor was able to help her to find her way.

Geraldine Vinall, 75 from Milton Keynes, explains how living with back and neck pain all her adult life has been transformed by attending the Connect Health group exercise classes at her local gym.

Tina, 47, was suffering from PTSD, depression, low self worth and feelings of a loss of identity alongside ME. But with the help of her counsellor she was able to talk, be listened to and was offered tips and advice

Petra Jahn, 63 from Milton Keynes tells us, after 5 operations on her hip and being off-work for 4 years, how her health is gradually improving through group exercise classes.

Sylvie, 46, from Lincolnshire tells how Connect Health’s Pain Management Programme (PMP) has helped her enjoy life again.

PhysioNow detected a possible significant condition at the end of normal working hours, enabling Joe to receive quicker access to clinical advice and urgent investigations.

Jacky received her diagnosis just 12 days after completing her initial assessment thanks to PhysioNow®.

Retired medical secretary, Barbara, explains how a niggling back pain flare up was solved with physiotherapy advice, without having to leave her home.

Terry Fisher, 67 from Darlington, tells us about his journey, from being in a coma and unable to walk to being back on the golf course with help from Connect Health and the Healthy Darlington Programme