Her Royal Highness Princess Anne called at Leeds Metropolitan University as part of a one-day visit to Yorkshire.
Amid tight security, The Princess Royal, who is Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, attended a conference organised by MSc occupational therapy and physiotherapy students at the University’s City campus.
The special guest was given a tour of the University’s new clinical skills suite at the Portland Building, which has a high-tech simulation suite with critical care bed, high-tech human patient simulator, a film recording system and viewing room, a community living space with a ceiling hoist and adapted equipment as well as four teaching rooms.
She met physiotherapy and occupational therapy students before delivering a speech at the conference in the University’s Rose Bowl.
In her speech HRH praised the students for their dedication and hard work saying: “I hope all of you are here because you feel that this is a caring role, a role very particular to occupational therapists and physiotherapists. This course is allowing you to pursue that as well as you possibly can and to grow your own natural enthusiasm and understanding of what that means.
“The way in which you can enjoy placements as much as possible to help you fulfil your particular ambition does make a real difference in terms of your ability to understand what you’ll be doing next. I’m sure that this course and the people you’ve worked with, the way in which the course has been put together will make a major difference in your future endeavours.”
Rachel Davis, an MSc physiotherapy student said: “She gave an inspirational speech and we felt privileged to speak to her. The clinical placements as part of our course have prepared us really well for the world of work.”
MSc physiotherapy student Amy Turner added: “It was a very humbling experience to have had the opportunity to meet her Royal Highness. I was really impressed with her depth of knowledge about our field.