SPEAR’s mission “is to provide dynamic, hands on, evidence based physiotherapy to fulfil individual goals.”
The concept of SPEAR physiotherapy was born after we completed an elective placement whilst studying physiotherapy at university. We worked for 6 weeks at a private physiotherapy clinic in Melbourne. This experience opened our eyes and completely inspired us, seeing the wider world of physiotherapy, and what huge potential it has to get patients better and improve quality of life.
The experience of working privately in Australia, including working at The Australian Institute of Sport and numerous Ozzy sports clubs, showed us a really hands on way of treating, with a drive and determination to get patients better and think out of the box when problem solving. Our mantra is there are no problems, only solutions. The essence of this we took home from Australia when we started planning our own clinic!!
In 2001, the first steps towards this dream were taken when SPEAR opened its first clinic at Banks O Dee Sports Club. This quickly grew in size, and when the sports club build an extension we got our first purpose built clinic space, and we were up and running!!!
In 2009 we won a tender to open up a second clinic at the newly built prestigious Aberdeen Sports Village. This brilliant location allowed us to have a seven-bed clinic with waiting area and importantly office space for team admin!
Having two purpose built clinics also allowed us to build a physiotherapy team. The seeds of SPEAR were planted in Australia and our team is built around those very principals. Each team member has taken the original inspiration, and morphed it into their practice developing their own clinical niche and expertise. This has made SPEAR unique in our common drive for excellence with every team member offering their own USP. We are a team that offers each other support and learning making the patient experience number one. From initial contact with the admin team to make an appointment through to discharge from the Physiotherapist, the mission is to make every patient journey seamless, caring and ultimately for every patient to achieve their goals with the highest quality physiotherapy.
As things grew busier and our reputation for excellence spread, SPEAR started to look at opening a third clinic to the west of the city. In May 2016 our first shop front, six bedded clinic (with studio and rehab area!!) was opened. We are all very proud of this clinic as it represented what we always believed that Physiotherapy should be… out front and offering people easy access to treatment and rehabilitation.
Finally (and it is finally!!) we made a move from Banks O Dee Sports Club to our new home at The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre on the South Deeside road. Our PLGC clinic offers us the opportunity to work within the golfing environment and use the excellent facilities that PLGC offer. It also offers easy access to our patients in the south of the city and shire.
With clinics now to the north, west and south of Aberdeen, and a brilliantly talented, well-established SPEAR team we are in the best position to fulfil our mission and provide dynamic, hands on, evidence-based physiotherapy, which we are very proud of.
SPEAR was built on an initial dream, but it is the excellent team we have that puts SPEAR at the forefront of Physiotherapy in Scotland. We all work hard to ensure we are delivering evidence based high quality Physiotherapy and have the patient at the very centre of everything we do.
Welcome to #TeamSPEAR