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COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2007

The polls will be soon be open for election to CSP Council, and there will be contests across four categories, with 10 candidates standing.Seats are being contested in the following categories: NHS employed, otherwise employed, educator, and West Midlands Board representative.The seat for the North Western Board representative will remain vacant because no eligible nominations were received. All seats will be held for four years, and here the candidates tell you why they should get your vote.Voting papers will be sent to CSP members by Friday, 27 April, and the ballot papers must be returned to the Electoral Reform Society by Friday, 25 May

KAREN ATKINSON

POSITION: Senior lecturer in physiotherapy, University of East London 

SEAT CONTESTED: Educator 

ALTERNATE: Julie Currens

I have been a physiotherapy educator for nearly 20 years and over this time I have seen great changes in the ways in which students are prepared for the world of work. The CSP has been a constant factor in this process of change, providing a focus for our professional identify and supporting members in upholding standards of practice and behaviour.

I believe that it is vitally important for our physiotherapy programme to continue to be relevant and of high quality, providing students with the appropriate skills and knowledge base necessary to function effectively and to a high standard in an ever-changing working environment. The widening participation agenda has resulted in people entering physiotherapy from an ever-increasing range of backgrounds. It is essential, therefore, that education, both undergraduate and postgraduate, is flexible enough to respond to their needs and the changing trends at all levels of the profession. I believe that good communication between all groups within physiotherapy, but particularly collaboration between clinical, research and academic members of staff, is the key to effective physiotherapy education.

In my experience, many members of the CSP have a tenuous grasp on the amount of work that is done on their behalf and often do not appreciate what is on offer until something goes wrong and they need a place to turn to for support. The CSP is not some distant edifice, the CSP is us, its members, and this is why I am standing for a second term of office as an educator representative to Council. I want the CSP to be on top of current developments so that it can continue to be there to support us in the areas of the profession in which we are working. In order to do this, I firmly believe that members need to be actively involved.As educator representative I have undertaken a wide range of work over the last four years. I sit on the learning and development committee, the relatively new quality assurance and enhancement group, and I chair the equalities and diversity group. I would relish the opportunity to continue in these roles and to be involved in forthcoming work such as the CSP curriculum review.

As a Council member I would continue to work to consolidate and improve communication links within the profession. I would also carry on with my work on improving awareness of the importance of equality of opportunity and on protecting the interests of members in this respect at all levels of the profession.

Proposed by: Marie Owen, Sheila North, Louise Jones, Elizabeth Cavan, Sandra Mellors, Ann Green, Mary Cramp, Marilyn Andrews, Jane Owen Hutchinson, Sally Thomas, F J Culpan, Maria Dourida. 

ANN GREEN

POSITION: Associate head of physiotherapy and dietetics, Coventry University 

SEAT CONTESTED: Educator 

ALTERNATE: Marilyn Andrews

I have been involved with physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate education since 1983. I have previously taught in Oswestry and Manchester, and am associate head of physiotherapy and dietetics at Coventry University. I am responsible for curriculum development, teaching and assessment across the undergraduate and postgraduate provision. I am a Health Professions Council partner.

My current research explores the influence of masters education on career development. I believe in making education accessible to all and have recently published a rough guide to postgraduate education for In Touch, the journal of the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice. For the CSP, I am chair of the learning and development committee, a member of the research and clinical effectiveness group and the congress management group. At last year's congress, colleagues and myself introduced the World Café, to explore solutions to graduate employment.

Key areas I would wish to influence are: the development of the new undergraduate curriculum, reasserting the educational responsibilities of the Royal Charter, supporting members in their continuing professional development on a level playing field with other healthcare professionals.I also believe that:

  • the new undergraduate curriculum should be informed by the whole profession to ensure we develop a flexible model that can empower new graduates to gain employment across a wide spectrum of opportunities, whilst asserting the unique role of physiotherapy in rehabilitation. This is our opportunity to involve clinicians, educators, students and service users in defining our scope of practice.
  • by reasserting our educational role we can ensure that chartered status is synonymous with excellence and is a recognised kite mark of quality for the general public.
  • CPD offers opportunities for achieving excellence and as a profession we have a history of engaging in CPD in our own time and at our own expense. Physiotherapists deserve equality and opportunity in terms of funding and protected time. Postgraduate opportunities should be accessible, flexible, user-friendly, evidence-based and focused around the needs of individuals and service users.

I have been an active member of the CSP since joining the Society in 1979 and I am proud of the Society's achievements with regard to educational issues. However, I recognise that the membership may not always feel actively involved. If I am elected to Council, I will ensure that I am accessible and open to discussion either electronically through interactive CSP or face-to-face when possible.

Education, research and professional practice must function together to improve patient care because: 'Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it'. Marion Wright Edelman.

Alternate: Marilyn Andrews is head of the school of health and rehabilitation at Keele University, and is the chair of quality assurance and enhancement group and CSP Visitor at the university. Marilyn's main educational interests are curriculum development, quality assurance and enhancement, clinical education and student support. She is committed to ensuring future developments within the profession serve to improve the quality of patient care and believes this will be achieved by more closely integrating practice, education and research to develop chartered excellence across the profession.

Proposed by: Jennie Longbottom, Jeremy Lewis, Val Hopwood, Margaret Revie, Lesley McBride, Simon Igo, Shelia Leddington-Wright, Christine Spray, Annette Dix, Karen Harrison, Gail Forrester-Gale, Jacob Saranga. 

PHILIP HULSE

POSITION: Outpatient physiotherapy team lead, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital trust 

SEAT CONTESTED: West Midlands Board representative 

ALTERNATE: Sue Moody

I graduated from the Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Physiotherapy in 1994. I have spent my working life in Shropshire working at the Princess Royal hospital, Telford, and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic and district hospital  at Oswestry, where my present post is outpatient physiotherapy team lead. I am a member of the McKenzie Institute and in 2003 I completed the neuromusculoskeletal healthcare MSc at Keele University.

I became a CSP steward in 1998 and West Midlands steward in 2003. I am currently secretary of the national group of regional stewards, a member of the CSP industrial relations committee and the CSP communications group. As a steward I was appointed Agenda for Change joint project lead at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust where I led the project team, compiled reports for the trust board, wrote trust-wide policies, and represented the CSP at strategic health authority level.

I have attended the West Midlands CSP Board since 2003 and was elected chair of the Board in 2006 and 2007.

Members in the NHS, private providers and education/research are facing changing and challenging times. Much of this seems driven solely by cost and the Society needs to provide assistance in preparing and advising members through this period of constant change.

Graduate employment is the single biggest issue facing physiotherapy at present. It is essential that the Society continues to work with all the employing and education organisations in order to resolve this through appropriate workforce planning, and not simply slashing the numbers entering courses. A guaranteed period of employment after graduation is the target to achieve. Employment for all physiotherapists is the priority but equally so is the continued provision of a career structure that allows scope for professional development, ensuring retention of a sustainable, committed and vibrant profession practising evidence-based therapy.

CSP members expect their Society to represent and lead in the future development of physiotherapy on a local, regional, national and international stage. It is essential therefore that the Society engages with the membership in two-way communication so that it reflects the views and wills of its members whilst demonstrating value for money for the annual subscription fee.

As chair and treasurer of the West Midlands CSP Board we look forward to being given the opportunity to represent you and physiotherapy in the West Midlands at a national level on CSP Council.

Alternate: Sue MoodyI am currently head of physiotherapy at Hereford Hospitals trust, where I have |been working for 13 years. I have been attending the West Midlands Board for 10 years, and have been treasurer since 1998. I am the regional moderator for the interactive CSP website.

I am very happy to stand as Philip's alternate for CSP Council. I feel we offer a balanced view of the NHS from both managerial and industrial relations standpoints. I have strong feelings for the NHS and wish to be involved in supporting physiotherapy through all changes.

Proposed by: Andrew Oliver, T C Collins, Kathie Drinan, Gordon Lumsden, Debbie Gay, Trudy Purkiss, Sheila Wood, Samantha Tolliday, Rachel Jackson, Sue Hope, Jo Burley, Petra McKiernan.

LOUISE JONES

POSITION: Head of the Institute of Health, Social Care and Psychology, University of Worcester 

SEAT CONTESTED: Otherwise employed 

ALTERNATE: Kim Jones

Physiotherapy is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of challenges. The financial situation within the NHS continues to impact on both those in employment and those new graduates who find themselves unemployed, as well as the recruitment into the profession. It is also directly impacting on patient care. As the emphasis on patient-focused care and primary care increases, and the 18 week maximum wait target within the NHS bites, it is critical that the significant difference that physiotherapy can make to a diverse spectrum of patients is emphasised and enabled. Good practice in one area, or country, needs to be spread to others, and we must continue to seek a sound evidence base for best practice and improvements in patient care. In order to do this it is vital that the profession has strong leadership and that the members of the Society feel well supported and valued by their Council.

As head of the Institute of Health, Social Care and Psychology, I am widely involved in professional education. The changing environment of healthcare demands a dynamic response in order to ensure that both undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development and research leads to the provision of competent, capable, practitioners able to face the challenging clinical environment and contribute positively to their profession. As the leader of a multiprofession institute, I have an excellent insight into care provision across the acute and primary care boundaries, and I am very aware of the changing needs of service providers and the challenges facing them.

I have previously served on Council and chaired a number of CSP committees, including the learning and development committee, and I have represented the Society widely in relation to education and regulatory issues. I am currently a vice president of the Society and chair the group which is developing an inspiring and imaginative programme for Congress 2008.

Through my past experience I firmly believe that I have been able to positively influence a wide number of issues affecting the Society, and if elected I would work hard to ensure that Council is increasingly strategic and proactive, firmly influencing government policy-in-the-making in order to limit emerging issues negatively affecting our profession, such as graduate unemployment. It is critical that the physiotherapy voice is widely heard and that Council continues to strengthen the profile of physiotherapy. It is also crucial that the diversity of the Society's membership is recognised and that all members find themselves, and their issues, reflected within the strategies and policies of the Society.

Along with my alternate, Kim Jones (no relation!), who has worked in physiotherapy education and research for a number of years, and is currently an independent consultant in human movement and biomechanics, I feel passionately about ensuring that physiotherapy has a strong and vibrant future within healthcare across the UK. Active involvement through serving on Council will enable me to help deliver this for you and I would welcome your support in this election. I want to make a difference for you!

Proposed by: Anthony Cox, Linda Donovan, Graham Smith, Tina Caldeira, Sally Roberts, Margaret Revie, Sandra Mellors, Claire Strickland, Mel Stewart, Sarah Bazin, Jean Kelly, T Foreman.

JENNIFER LONGBOTTOM

POSITION: Director of private teaching business 

SEAT CONTESTED: Otherwise employed 

ALTERNATE: Mike Chapman

Having qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1974 from United Birmingham hospitals, I spent 16 years within the NHS in a variety of fields, namely: respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurology. Following my training I added to my academic knowledge with further studies in psychology (BSc), acupuncture (MSc), licensed acupuncturist (MBAcC) and educational research (MMEd). I sit as an expert witness in acupuncture for the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and the CSP.

In 1990 I specialised in the field of complex, chronic pain with a specific interest in pain psychology. Since 1991 my clinical practice has been confined to private practice, specialising in chronic pain management and women's health, combined with managing a large multi-disciplinary practice employing 19 staff. In 2003 I established ALIED Limited, acupuncture and manual therapy training. This has expanded and we now have three tutors teaching in both NHS and private practice. I have been chair of AACP since 2004, redeveloping the business aspect and introducing clear governance, procedures and systems, restructuring the AACP educational accreditation process, overseeing major internal changes to the AACP Journal, working with annual conference, education and research and enhancing member benefits. AACP now employs a business manager, three office staff and three independent consultants.

My commitment to AACP, the CSP and physiotherapy as a profession is mainly in the area of education and communication, with a specific interest in the development and enhancement of a member-centred organisation. Responding to the needs and professional enhancement of the members is of paramount importance.My commitment is to:

  • expanding and enhancing professional scope of practice
  • training and postgraduate education, which enhances the profession and the individual
  • improving the channels of communication using a top-down and bottom-up model whereby the membership voice may be heard
  • serving the best interests of the membership and the public.

I have successfully undertaken this strategy with the AACP and it is now time to apply these to the more global demands of the profession at large. I am privileged to have the title of physiotherapist and have worked tirelessly and with huge enthusiasm, to enhance the profession. My concerns with the present health structure and economic arena are that many physiotherapists are falling short of this professional pride and public exposure. We need to support and enhance their interest, education and enthusiasm as a reward for the training they have achieved. Physiotherapy appears to be an underrated and expendable commodity in the current healthcare process and it falls to the CSP and fellow professionals to address and change these perceptions. My election to CSP Council will be to further the challenge to undertake this activity with hard work, determination, enthusiasm and above all, a sense of humour.

My alternate, Mike Chapman, is employed as an advanced physiotherapist for the Ministry of Defence, Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, in Lympstone, Devon. His clinical specialities are sports/orthopaedic medicine, injection therapy and acupuncture. His interests include continuing professional development, both with physiotherapy and acupuncture, and actively promoting interaction between both MoD and local NHS trust practitioners.

Proposed by: Catherine Watson, Penny Keen, Carole Snell, Stephen Kent, Meuta Falgoon, Carina Western, Katie Birch, Lesley Bradshaw, Karen Oxby, Lesley Enock, Vivienne Fort, Damaris Eliot.

SHIRLEY RAINEY

POSITION: Community paediatric senior physiotherapist, Plymouth 

SEAT CONTESTED: NHS employed 

ALTERNATE: Jessica Dentith

Why do I want to sit on Council? I have asked myself this question many times over the last few weeks and the answer is that the membership are living through a time of unprecedented change and reform and now, more than ever, I would like to be in a position to influence the future of the NHS and the profession.

I am a member who has always cared deeply about the NHS and the role of the CSP. I became a steward in 1990 and from that date have always been actively involved in the Society. I currently chair the continuing professional development panel, sit on the industrial relations committee, sit on the pensions working party and am the Society's representative for Amnesty International.

My working life has been in the NHS, with a particular interest in adults with learning difficulties and paediatrics. My current role is as a community paediatric senior physiotherapist working in Devon and North Cornwall.

The following are the issues and concerns that I think the CSP Council should be tackling over the next few years:

  • employment of our graduates
  • the threatened privatisation of the NHS
  • career progression and workforce planning
  • Health Professions Council - the changed role and the evolved role for the CSP
  • CPD - the profession's training needs and funding
  • Knowledge and Skills Framework and Skills for Health agenda - ensuring that they assist the development of the profession
  • CSP resources - ensuring that the membership get value for money
  • membership being allowed to deliver high quality public services with adequate resources and without having to undergo constant change
  • support for the membership with information around evidence-based practice.

As a regular representative at the annual representatives conference and the TUC conference, I understand that there will always be a diversity of views among the membership but I believe that we must never lose sight of the fact that the CSP gives us a strong collective voice and we must never be afraid to use it.

Proposed by: Carol Carter, Ruth Allison, Sue Frise, Susan Bell, Sally Brown, Claire Singleton, Helen Scott, Roberta Eales, Elizabeth Hancock, Ruth Allarton, M Boase, M Asghar.

FIONA RAWLINGS

POSITON: Physiotherapy services manager, North Staffordshire PCT 

SEATS CONTESTED: West Midlands Board representative, NHS Employed 

ALTERNATES: See below

I trained at King's College hospital, London, and qualified in 1979. I started as a junior on rotation in the Croydon area and from there relocated to do a hydrotherapy course in Bath. This inspired me to apply for a post in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. I then worked in the London area as a senior in musculoskeletal outpatients and then changed to respiratory care, neurology and the elderly in both senior and acting superintendent positions. I had a brief period in Vallejo, California, where I took part in a six-month proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation course. Having then moved to Kettering as a superintendent III (inpatients), I started my first management post in 1996 in East Hertfordshire and moved to my current post as physiotherapy manager for a community service in North Staffordshire in 2000. Although I have been in the same post for a few years, the work is constantly changing as the health service changes.

I have been a unit steward and then district steward. I have attended the North West London Board and now the West Midlands Board. From 2001 to date I have chaired the West Midlands Association of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Management, supporting training and education within the West Midlands on a uni and multidisciplinary basis.

I believe it is important that the Society represents and acts on behalf of the membership, with members being encouraged to participate in the work of the Society promoting the contribution and development of the profession nationally and internationally.

I believe recruitment, training and retention of staff are vital to the future provision of physiotherapy in the health services. It is important that the Society supports the initiatives to ensure that employment for all prospective staff is possible and that the opportunities for employment at all levels within the profession are available. This includes supporting initiatives to raise the profile of physiotherapists, increase skill mix, extend the careers escalator, and encourage new ways of working uni-and multiprofessionally, ensuring evidence-based practice is the basis for all of our work.

Aided by the new interactive CSP, I believe staff in public and private health services, education and industry should be encouraged to work in partnership, network, learn and communicate with each other, and that as a profession we are a lead contributor in the delivery of the future health agenda.

As your elected national representative for the West Midlands Board I will be committed to acting as your local representative to Council. Alternate for West Midlands seat: Mary RossI currently manage a physiotherapy and occupational therapy service in Sandwell, West Midlands. I have over the last 25 years contributed to the profession as a CSP steward, special interest group member, branch representative, and as a nationally elected CSP council member from 1993 to 1997. I have contributed to the NHS as a clinician and a manager. I am happy to support Fiona as her alternate and to continue my contribution to the profession in this role if elected.

Proposed by: Jennifer Robinson, Davina Brazier, Maggie Bailey, Pat Orrill, Jayne Dalley, Jan Fereday-Smith, Alison Matthews, Jean Webb, Nina White, Elaine Purchase, Jill Ramsay, Kay Stevenson.

Alternate for NHS employed seat: Helen D Murphy (known as Elaine) Upon qualifying from The Queen's College, Glasgow in 1984, I completed my junior rotations in Berkshire. My career has centred around paediatrics, with an interest in juvenile arthritis and neonates. I completed the bath hydrotherapy course in 1989. I travelled to USA, gaining insight in different methods of healthcare management. On my return I worked in the community in Suffolk.Currently, I am rehabilitation services manager, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals trust.

Proposed by: Janice Champion, Jacqui Potter, Sarah Bazin, Elizabeth Cavan, Helen Bristow, Alison Skinner, Dorothy Toyn, Ann Thomson, Marilyn Andrews, Sheila Stringer, Catherine McIlroy, Pat Alexander

SUSAN REES

POSITION: Deputy head of physiotherapy services, Cardiff and Vale trust 

SEAT CONTESTED: NHS employed 

ALTERNATE: Jacqueline Anderson

Following graduation from Cardiff School of Physiotherapy in 1985 I started my clinical career at Withington Hospital, Manchester, returning to Cardiff in 1987 to gain senior experience. I specialised in amputee rehabilitation in 1990 and was awarded physiotherapist of the year by the Limbless Association in 1997.

My current role is deputy head of service for Cardiff and Vale, a large combined trust providing acute, community and mental health services, including a range of tertiary services. I have also been involved in a number of national initiatives, including project managing Review of Wheelchair Services for Wales and representing therapies on Welsh Assembly working groups, including the Advisory Board for Healthcare Standards for Wales.

I am currently chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Management, and Welsh Board alternate Council representative.

Physiotherapy is essential to patient care and individuals' health and well-being. In order to be at the forefront of clinical care in the NHS we have to ensure that others recognise our skills and expertise. They need to understand that new graduates are not only essential to care now, but will be the experts of the future, that assistants take on new roles and build expertise that complements and maximises clinical care, and that senior physiotherapists deliver care in a range of settings to meet patients' needs. It is only with these roles in place that we can strive still further to lead clinical care through specialist and consultant roles, underpinned by demonstration of clinical effectiveness. It is our responsibility to make sure that as a profession we meet this challenge. We must demonstrate our value to those who commission and purchase services, and that we are essential in meeting the challenges of the modern NHS. This involves undertaking research, and sharing good practice, as well as promoting and celebrating our successes, and reflecting this in workforce planning.

I am proud to be a chartered physiotherapist and of representing the profession in any forum I am asked to. In my role as chair of the ACPM I am able to bring a perspective to Council that reflects not only managers but also other members, through the range of networks this affords me. I am keen to build on my experience as an alternate board representative to Council by becoming an NHS elected member. I feel able to contribute effectively to the working of Council and am eager to do so.

Alternate: Jackie AndersonI qualified in 1978 and worked my way up through the ranks, until I was running the inpatient service at Guy's hospital and clinically working in the cardiothoracic unit at St Thomas'. I moved to King's College Hospital in 1999 and currently manage the respiratory, neurology and elderly services. I have undertaken research, published in books, consulted in Israel and Saudi Arabia, lectured nationally and internationally, and have been the ACPM treasurer for the last six years. I also have worked with CSP and Department of Health on several projects Proposed by: Catherine McIlroy, Nikki Craggs, Jane Swales, Victoria Hackett, Christine Hayward, Sally Bernice Brown, Gabrielle Heseldon, Elizabeth Cavan, Eleri Cross, Jacqueline Sharp, Carole L Jones, Alison Lloyd.

SALLY THOMAS

POSITION: Head of physiotherapy services, Pontypridd and Rhondda trust 

SEAT CONTESTED: NHS employed 

ALTERNATE: Ellena Mardle

Pontypridd and Rhondda trust, where Ellena and I are both employed, is in an area known for being a hotbed of politics, particularly regarding the NHS, as many of the population worked in heavy industry, including mining.

I have been head of the physiotherapy service for the last five-and-a-half years and have been managing teams of physiotherapy staff in a number of other NHS services for the last 15 years. I am currently one of the NHS representatives to Council and am currently chairing objective six of the CSP corporate strategy, which is engaged in improving communication and understanding of devolved country issues. This has led to a number of recent improvements, including attendance by CSP officers at Welsh Board meetings, engagement with members in regional NHS issues, and acknowledgement by the CSP of the differences faced by the country's governmental structures.

Ellena Mardle is a specialist in orthopaedics, a senior clinical educator and, as a highly trained athlete, she competes for, and represents, her country at international level. Both Ellena and I attend CSP Welsh Board meetings, I as a co-opted member for my work on objective six and Ellena as chair of the South East Wales CSP branch. We have both been involved with the annual representatives conference in the recent past and I have also been a representative on the CSP's education committee, am a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Management and regularly attend the All Wales Physiotherapy Managers Committee.

My career as a physiotherapist has been very varied, working in the UK NHS service, private industrial organisations, and in Australia. I have most recently been appointed as a physiotherapy peer reviewer for Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.

As a committed educator, Ellena is involved on a daily basis with the timetable of 100 or more physiotherapy students and their placements, including a number of medical students shadowing staff, and providing workplace opportunities for those interested in training as a physiotherapist.

One of the most important issues for Ellena and me is the crisis for the qualifying physiotherapists, together with safeguarding education places for the future of the NHS. To that end I have been actively engaged with Welsh managers and the CSP officers in lobbying commissioners, educators and politicians regarding provision of staff for both the future workforce and the commissioning of posts that will be needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

I, like a number of my colleagues around the UK, have managed to secure an extra number of graduates on fixed, short-term or voluntary contracts to safeguard their clinical skill base.

Our aim, if elected to Council, is to continue to raise the profile of the profession, to promote research and evidence-based practice, and communicate with our constituents supporting the view of regional NHS representatives.

Proposed by: Megan McDonald, S Gamage, Margaret Burcher, Kathryn Wilcox, M Jayasekara, Elizabeth Jones, Menna Hughes, Helena Davies, Chris Jones, Adrian Fisk, H Stallard, Lisa Medhurst

MANDY YOUNG

POSITION: Senior physiotherapist, Leeds PCT 

SEAT CONTESTED: NHS employed 

ALTERNATE: Steven Young

I qualified in Leeds in 1983. I am employed by Leeds PCT, where I work in musculoskeletal services as a band 7 physiotherapist. I have an extensive knowledge of physiotherapy practice and have specialised in many areas, including working in private practice and recently acting in an extended scope practitioner role.

At present, I am a steward and an existing member of Council holding an NHS seat. In this position I have been the vice chair of the professional practice committee and a member of the physiotherapy assistants board. I have also been a member of the educational awards panel and the professional awards panel.

I am seeking re-election as I would like to be able to continue to positively influence the way in which the Society communicates with its membership. This is of extreme importance. If members' views are to be heard, this has to be a two-way process, so that Council, and in turn the Society, can be made aware of the needs of the membership. In the current situation that the members who work within the NHS find themselves in, it is essential that the Society strongly supports them to take on and face the challenges which the ever-evolving face of healthcare delivery demands, and to provide guidance to develop new ways of clinical working and deliver high-quality healthcare solutions.

It is essential that the Society is a fully inclusive organisation and meets the needs of all its members. As a Council member I would strongly promote this.

In addition, if successful I would actively seek to ensure that pressure is exerted by the Society to improve education, training and career progression of the members who work within the NHS.My alternate is Steven Young. Since qualifying in Leeds in 1982 he has had extensive experience working within the NHS. He presently works for the Pennine Acute Hospitals trust, holding the position of consultant physiotherapist in spinal services. He presently chairs the consultant clinical interest group and has previously been a board and branch member.

Please support me and my alternate so that we can influence the profession both now and in the future and strive to promote the profession at the highest level.

Proposed by: Margaret Revie, Sian Goddard, Sharon Greensill, Grant Syme, Judith Hinton, Philippa Moreno, Alexis Moreno, Linda Porter, F Knapton, K Charman, Helen Plann, Cathie Bamforth.

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