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Letters - 17 July 2013

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Side Issue

I am still confused after reading ‘The perils of pitch-side first aid’ (page, 5 December 2012).

Do qualified members of the CSP who are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered need to get a further qualification in order to be covered under the CSP insurance to carry out pitch-side first aid/physiotherapy and if so, which qualification?
Tom Davies

Priya Dasoju, CSP professional adviser, replies:
As a qualified physiotherapist who is registered with the HCPC you are required to work not only within the scope of the profession, but also within your personal scope – so you can only do what you are educated, trained and competent to carry out.

The article explained that undergraduate training does not generally involve being taught specific pitch-side skills.  If you plan to work for a sports team once qualified you will usually have to show evidence that you have completed a pitch-side first aid course.

It’s up to the individual employer what level of course they require you to undertake.  As long as you are working within the scope of the profession, you will be covered by your CSP insurance.

Paper Plea

Is it possible to receive Frontline magazine in a PDF/online type magazine.

Is this option only for the Physiotherapy journal? If Frontline is only in paper format are the CSP making any plans to make modernise/seek more environmentally friendly options?
Nisha Taylor

Frontline replies: The CSP  is keen to ensure Frontline and other CSP communications are delivered in a way that is appropriate to members’  busy lives.

We realise some people may prefer online to print nowadays, but our surveys show that most members still like to receive a print magazine.

You can opt out from the paper copy of Frontline by contacting the CSP enquiry handling unit on 020 7306 6666.

All Frontline content is on the CSP website, usually without  photos and illustrations. Visit: and search for ‘frontline’.

Family Link

I am Patricia Williamson (nee Blackburne) and work as a physiotherapist in Somerset.

In 1982 I won the Nottingham Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship, which fosters links between Nottingham and the USA.

At this year’s awards evening my daughter Rebecca Williamson, an occupational therapist at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, presented the findings from the scholarship she won 30 years after me. Rebecca is the first ‘second generation’ scholar to do this!

As you can imagine, I was very proud.

At the presentation I met Sandy Gill, a physiotherapist who is going to study physiotherapy relating to burns in her three months in the USA (page 12, 3 July).

The scholarship made a huge difference to my confidence and knowledge.
Pat Williamson

Fall Guys

Your piece on falls prevention in (page 14, 3 July) highlighted exciting new opportunities for physiotherapists.

A new CSP project aims to build  relationships between the CSP and Age UK.Two physios gave well-received presentations about physiotherapy and falls prevention to Age UK executives.

They were Selena Ng in London and Saurabh Shrivastava in South East Coast.

This project also highlighted what CSP members did during Falls Awareness Week, which ran from 17 to 21 June.

In London, Stephanie Bruggemann, Anthony Antoniou, Ailsa Gillon, Rose Gannon, Maureen Khanna, Friederike Stenning and Geetika Singh all ran events linked to the awareness week.

In South East Coast region, Christine Jones, Cerys Bancroft, Rebecca Peake and Tricia Ranson all ran events.

Congratulations to all involved in activities of this kind around the UK.
Anne Jackson, English Networks Programme Manager, CSP

York treats

I am on the committee  of the CSP retirement association, and am trying to get new social groups set up in all network areas.

I started a Yorkshire and the Humber group last year and we enjoy our events in York.  For more details, email:

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