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Call to endorse short courses wins support

A motion calling for the CSP to endorse shorter clinically-based courses was championed by Conference - all those who spoke pledged their support.

CSP vice president Alison Skinner, a lecturer at University College London, proposed the motion on behalf of the clinical interest group liaison committee. She said: 'A major component in the continuing development of physiotherapy skills is the participation in short courses... While the quality of many is not in doubt it has to be recognised that the standards and educational methods are very variable.'

The Society does not produce guidelines or endorse any of these courses, Alison noted, adding: 'It is essential for the Society to facilitate the clinical interest groups to produce a structure or framework for running courses and methods of endorsement or approval, Currently the focus of the CSP's endorsement panel is limited to courses which tend to have an extended duration of many weeks or months and are validated by higher education institutes.'

Mary Harrison (pictured), representing the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists, seconded the motion. Commenting on the group's introduction to paediatrics course, she noted: 'It is a big commitment from trusts and physiotherapy departments to send staff on the course - both financially and in time off work.

'Validation of the course would give endorsement to the course standards and support managers allowing staff to attend.' CSP validation would also help to maintain high core standards and ensure an excellent end product, she added.

Pauline Betteridge, Anne Christopher and Debbie Davies all spoke personally in favour of the motion. Mike Maynard, representing the Hydrotherapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, also lent his support.

Motion three was carried


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