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Leadership challenge

Physiotherapists made an impressive showing in the finals of the NHS AHP Leadership Challenge last week.

The overall winner was a team of six from South West strategic health authority, two of whom were physiotherapists, while physios accounted for 22 of the 60 finalists.

The challenges, which consisted of exercises based on fictional but realistic scenarios, took place across England. The best performing teams in each of the 10 SHAs went forward to the final.

Rosie Yarnall, a paediatric posture management adviser at Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly PCT, one of the winners, said:  ‘It made me realise how AHPs can use their professional knowledge and skills to achieve great things.’

The other winning physio was Donna Pike, a cardiothoracic physio at Plymouth hospitals trust.

‘What is clear from this, and previous events, is how individuals have gained in personal confidence,’ said CSP director of practice and development Natalie Beswetherick. They also obtained the political awareness and strategic skills essential for service redesign, she added.

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