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I’ve just returned from a busy, but energising, few days at CSP’s annual congress in Liverpool.

It’s truly a showcase of the best clinical practice in physiotherapy - and a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the society’s members.

Despite all that’s going on - the uncertainties, funding difficulties and concerns (for NHS staff) about your pensions - the overwhelming mood was a positive one. The ‘can do’ attitude that marks physios out was very much in evidence.

But if anyone demonstrated a ‘can do’ attitude it was London bombings victim Gill Hicks, who moved many to tears as she spoke of her battle towards recovery after losing both legs in the terrorist action.

One presentation that needs special attention, though, is Pip White’s session on independent prescribing.  As many of you know, this is an ongoing campaign to give physios rights to prescribe medicines for their patients, in much the way that some nurses do already.

If this were to go ahead, it would be an amazing breakthrough, not just for the profession but, primarily, for patients. Their care would be managed by one, suitably qualified person. No need to refer them on to their doctor for pain killers.

The consultation period is open until 8 December and the CSP would advise all its members to respond in favour of this change. But it’s also vital that patients do so too. It’s their voice that will really count.

So, why not ask your local patient groups to respond to the consultation too? If it’s appropriate, you may want to ask some individual patients to respond too. Go to ‘live consultations’ at: www.dh.gov.uk

Finally, as the date for the pensions ballot draws nearer, we know many CSP members will be concerned about what will happen if a strike takes place. You can find out more on the reasons for the ballot and answers to some of your concerns in our pensions feature and Q&A.




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