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Keeping assistants informed

Social enterprise companies and changes to the NHS pension scheme were among the topics discussed at last month’s annual conference of physiotherapy assistants.

The conference, held at the CSP’s London office, was attended by assistants from across the UK, and was a chance to find out more about current policy and workplace developments.

CSP senior negotiating officer Mike D’Arcy used the example of Central Surrey Health to explain what social enterprise companies are and their implications for staff (see story on p6).

He explained how the model of not-for-profit companies was now being pushed as an alternative way to provide services, and how that could affect assistants.

‘The message is that one of these providers is coming to a primary care trust near you,’ he said.

CSP senior negotiating officer Janice Collins explained the proposed changes to the NHS pension scheme that will mean staff earning under £15,107 contributing one per cent less than they currently pay.

There were also sessions on the benefits of attending continuing professional development workshops, job evaluation and the NHS knowledge and skills framework. There was an update on the future regulation of assistants, which Physiotherapy Assistants Board chair John Thompson said was on the horizon.

The conference heard too from members involved in the PAB and in educational work about the benefits of expanding involvement in other areas.

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