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ARC: be there

‘If you work in the NHS then change is inevitable and for 2006 the impact of payment by results could lead to the closure of services if the politicians are to be believed. If you work in the private or independent sectors then the impact of fragmented primary care services could lead to more opportunities, but is it how you want to develop?’

CSP Council chair Sarah Bazin was talking to Frontline about how members need to engage in the Society's policymaking process. 'Both of these changes could lead to a very different delivery of physiotherapy and affect us all,' she explained. 'The reality is that for the CSP to adequately respond to government initiatives we have to know what our members want. What they think of these changes and what they might want the CSP to do to take account of the reality of members' experiences.' Mrs Bazin was talking about the importance of members attending ARC - the annual representative conference - to be held in Oxford on 18 and 19 May. 'There are still places for representatives from all parts of the CSP and it is vital that if we are to truly understand what our members think about these and numerous other initiatives then we need as broad a selection of delegates as possible.'

Mrs Bazin added: 'I urge all our members to consider coming to ARC. The CSP discusses all manner of issues - clinical, professional, employment and national political matters. These motions are then passed to Council for consideration and possible action. If you want the CSP to reflect your views you have to be there.'

ARC delegates are selected on the following basis:

  • 66 branch representatives
  • 84 clinical interest and occupational group reps
  • 120 steward and safety reps
  • 15 student reps
  • 15 assistant reps
  • 1 representative from each of the network groups.

Members are invited to put themselves forward under the categories identified. Potential delegates should speak to their appropriate representative or contact Christine Cox in the CEO's office for further help.


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