Since November 2018 six physiotherapists have attended King’s College London to complete the MOSAIC therapist training days. The MOSAIC therapist training package is a two-part course with regular refresher training and ongoing support from the trial team.

As a part of the therapists’ introduction to the trial and MOSAIC intervention, the therapists were introduced to and practised a collaborative communication style called Motivational Interviewing (MI). This training was provided by Pip Mason who is an experienced MI teacher and practitioner from Pip Mason Consultancy Ltd.

Pip has been using and teaching MI since the 1980s, originally in the field of substance misuse and more recently in the wider health care arena. Pip trained as a general nurse and also in cognitive approaches to counselling and became interested in the issues of motivation and change as public health and chronic disease treatments moved in the direction of encouraging patients to take action themselves in changing the ways they live their lives.

When not teaching Pip is a practitioner in a recovery hub for addictions, helping people with gambling problems this gives her ample opportunity to keep her practice skills in MI honed. After delivering the MOSAIC training, Pip comments that ‘working on MOSAIC has been enormously challenging and fun. We delivered a training package which was true to the spirit of MI and taught the team to use an approach which is potentially deliverable by physiotherapists in a typical healthcare setting.’ Pip is eagerly waiting for the results of the trial and also feedback from the therapists about their experiences of the bespoke MOSAIC training package and delivering MOSAIC to patients with intermittent claudication. She hopes that the MOSAIC trial and training will add to the body of knowledge on how well MI can be incorporated into physiotherapy practice.

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