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Older People’s Day 2017

UK Older People’s Day (OPD) on Sunday, 1 October celebrated the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy.

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For the fourth year, the CSP encouraged members to get involved because the day is a great opportunity to show how physio prevents falls, reduces costs to the NHS and helps patients stay independent.

Use the day to promote physio locally

Hundreds of members used OPD to showcase the positive impact of physio and sieze on the opporunity to influence at a local level.


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Influencing resources

NEW tailored presentations you can use to run an influencing event aimed at GPs or a separate session for patients. The presentation contains all the information you will need, including slides and explanatory notes File 211684

NEW falls prevention animation which demonstrates a series of exercises (from the Get Up and Go Guide) to build strength and balance in order to prevent falls. Please share the animation with your contacts, colleagues, friends and family. 


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Think Physio for primary care: read our briefings explaining how physiotherapy offers safe and effective quality services that cut secondary referrals, save money and reduce pressure on GPs.

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CSP Leaflets:

The Get Up and Go guide produced by Saga, in association with the CSP and with substantial input from AGILE members, gives advice on how older people can prevent falls and stay steady File 209460
A Get Up and Go exercise supplement featuring six exercises for staying steady  File 211676
The Your Generation leaflet and poster, which provide tips on falls prevention  File 133554
The Easy Exercise Guide which encourages building easy and effective exercise into a daily routine  File 120423
 The Good Sleep Guide with tips on how to get a good night’s sleep   File 211678
short member guide which outlines how you can use OPD to promote physiotherapy and influence healthcare decision makers, as well as practical tips on organising an event or activity  File 211679

Test yourself to find out your risk

The CSP has also developed a series of resources to help with falls prevention, including the timed up and go video below, which helps people calculate their risk of falling. Produced with input from AGILE members, this includes an interview with chartered physiotherapist Louise McGregor

Promote your event

Use Twitter and the #olderpeoplesday hashtag to promote your successful events and activities and share your photos.

More information

For more information about OPD contact the CSP Enquiries Team on 020 7306 6666 or email


The process of planning, delivering and evaluating a OPD activity provides a great opportunity to build your CPD. The campaign helps you develop and evidence a range of behaviours, knowledge and skills that sit at the heart of physiotherapy practice.

You will find a collection of CPD templates to help you plan, record and evidence how OPD has contributed to your personal and professional development in your CSP ePortfolio account.


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11 July 2017

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