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Please see ideas for Frontline for submitting ideas, copy and images.

We regret it is not currently possible to subscribe to Frontline online.

Who's who at Frontline

Managing editor Lynn Eaton
Deputy editor Ian McMillan
News editor Gary Henson
Staff writer Gill Hitchcock
Staff writer Robert Millett
Designer Allyson Usher
Designer Tristan Reignier
Publications manager Nicky Forbes
Business development manager Steve Mann

Ideas for Frontline

Frontline is the magazine for you, the CSP’s members. Your views are important to us and we want to hear from you with suggestions for stories for the magazine and so we can keep in touch with what's going on out there rather than just at CSP headquarters.

If you've got an idea for an article you would like us to consider, use the information below to submit details.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee to publish everything. Stories may be published in Frontline and/or on this website.

Finding your way around Frontline

Frontline is published in print 21 times a year. The content also appears on this website, where you can search back copies and – if you log in – add comments. As a member you can also view a downloadable PDF on the website, allowing you to browse the magazine as it appears in print. You can also use your smartphone to view the magazine as it appears in print.

The magazine has several different sections. If you become familiar with the type of content and where it is most likely to appear, you’ve a better chance of having your idea accepted. By reading the magazine regularly you'll get to know what fits where.

Comment

The comment page, at the front of the magazine, is where we include letters and emails from members, comments added to the online version of the magazine and tweets. We welcome your letters and emails in response to articles in the magazine. Email frontline@csp.org.uk. If you tweet or comment online we may use your comments in the printed magazine.

Letters should not be more than 250 words. References should only be included where essential to support a clinical argument.

References should include the following information: lead author, publication, year, volume and page numbers.

The editor reserves the right to refuse publication and to edit letters. Please include your full name, address, email and daytime telephone number.

News in pictures

We scan the news for images that capture the best of physiotherapy. We also welcome high quality images from members, with a detailed caption, for this section. Please see the guidance on photographs below.

News Digest

This section contains short, bite-size items about recent, topical events. It could be a new report that's just come out, or something that's happened to a member. The news stories are usually only about 250 words long at most. They appear online as well as in print.

We're always interested to hear about any new developments in your workplace or specialist group, or personal stories that you think might interest other readers.

These could include achievements, such as winning an award, published research findings, new ways of working that improve patient care, or the impact of reconfiguring your services.

You don't need to write the piece yourself, as we will do that, but you should give us the important details about what has happened, such as when an event took place, people's names, exact sums of money involved (if appropriate).

You can send these as brief notes or bullet points, but as space is at a premium these should be kept as concise if possible, and not more than 400 words.

Because these items are new and recent – usually, something that's happened since the last issue went to press – please let us know about developments as soon as you can. If you send us details of something that happened two months ago it’s unlikely to be 'news'.

Competition for space on these pages is high, so we can’t guarantee to cover everything we receive, but we will look at your idea carefully. Wherever possible, we'll let you know whether or not we are likely to be able use it.

Email details to our news team at frontline@csp.org.uk or tel 020 7306 6665 to discuss your idea. You should include contact details, including a daytime phone number.

Some types of news story are dealt with in other parts of the magazine:

Other types of news

Fundraising events

We know that CSP members are often involved in raising money for good causes. Unfortunately we do not have space to mention all of them. We do not generally run stories before events or help with your fundraising.

However, we are always looking for good photographs that celebrate our members' activities. If you have high quality, engaging images of an event in which you have participated, particularly in unusual circumstances or surroundings, or of yourself in training for an event, we will look at the story. Please check our guidance on photos, below.

We tend to run these items in the Network & Networking section of the magazine, although they may sometimes merit a story in the News Digest section. Please check the information on submitting a photograph, below.

New jobs

We tend not to report on people being appointed to a new job unless it is a major, senior appointment.

Deaths

We cover deaths in our obituary section, which is part of the Networks & networking section. Submissions for this column should be sent to networkads@csp.org.uk.

Reunions

These are covered in the Networks & networking column. Submissions should be sent to networkads@csp.org.uk.

In Focus

This section offers a chance to look into a topical issue with a little more depth than a news story. It could be an article on how CSP’s membership package will benefit newly qualified members or it might take a look at how an employment issue, such as pensions, affects members. Content for this section tends to be suggested by staff at the CSP, but we are always interested to hear from members who want to suggest a topic we should cover here. Email frontline@csp.org.uk.

Physiofindings

We trawl the main medical journals in the UK and beyond for recently published peer-reviewed papers relevant to physios. If you’ve recently seen a paper you think we should cover, or you’re a researcher whose paper has been published in a peer-reviewed journal let us know. Email frontline@csp.org.uk.

Views and Opinions

We welcome contributions – or ideas for topics – for the columns that appear on this page.

If you'd like to submit an article for this section of the magazine, please email frontline@csp.org.uk.

The articles here fall into the following categories:

  1. An article from someone who is a member of the CSP, or of its staff, who has an expertise in a certain area. (For example, an academic talking about research, someone's experiences as a recent graduate, a staff member talking about public health issues.) It is 450 words, requires a photo of the author, and preferably should not be sent in on spec - always call the editor first to discuss your idea.
  2. A personal opinion, though related to your work. It could be anything from juggling a career with a family through to your experience of working as a volunteer overseas. It is 350 words and requires a photo of the author.
  3. An informative opinion piece from a physio-related health or third sector organisation or any organisation that might interest our members on a professional level. We sometimes approach other organisations whose views we are keen to capture. (eg.stroke awareness,the needs of asylum seekers. The column is 350 words long and requires a photo of the author.
  4. Advice Line: this also offers advice around professional dilemmas that members may face, from misuse of social media through to ensuring their conduct falls within the CSP's standards of professional practice. It is usually written by one of the CSP's in-house professional advisors and will include employment issues.

Features

These are the longer-length, in depth articles, usually around 1000-1500 words long and run over 2, 3 or pages, towards the middle of the magazine. They look at a clinical, professional, or employment issue in detail and often focus on a specific example of good practice. Our features are usually planned one or two months in advance and tend to be written in-house or by a freelance journalist.

We are always interested in ideas for features. Examples of good clinical practice are of particular interest. To discuss any possible ideas, send an email to deputy editor Ian McMillan: mcmillani@csp.org.uk.

There are several regular columns within this section of the magazine:

  • CPD: this is compiled with CSP professional staff and gives practical tips on meeting your CPD requirements
  • Clinical update: this practical guide is put together with CSP professional staff working with the CSP’s professional networks. It aims to give an authoritative view on a clinical subject for a physio who is not necessarily an expert in that clnical area. Suggestions for topics to cover are welcome.
  • In review: our column for resources, including books, websites and DVDs of use to members. Ideas and reviews welcome to frontline@csp.org.uk
  • In Person: This column from CSP’s CEO, Karen Middleton appears monthly. She welcomes feedback to middletonk@csp.org.uk
  • Hot topic: this is a new, occasional, column exploring controversial topics in physios' world, whether clinical or about employment issues. The format is to have one person 'for' and the other 'against' the proposal. We welcome ideas for topics. Email the editor on: eatonl@csp.org.uk

Submitting photographs to Frontline

Frontline is keen to include photographs taken by CSP members, but they have to be good enough to print.

Photos need to be taken in bright, well-lit conditions. Images containing shadows or taken in darkness are not useable.

Pictures must be clear and in focus. Avoid camera shake and use a flash if you are inside.

The quality of the image is also important – so please make sure your camera is on the highest setting possible (see below for further details).

Images taken with a digital camera are preferable, as these are usually better quality than images taken on phones or tablets.

The type of photos we want

If possible try to take some 'action' shots that illustrate the type of job you do, or feature you engaged in your usual work or in a clinical setting.

Consider the background, the lighting and the inclusion of equipment or relevant props.

Posed, facing-the-camera shots are also fine – but please ensure that they are of good quality and that the setting is relevant to the subject of the story.

We especially welcome photos of members working with patients, as these types of image generate a lot of interest.

But please make sure you have the permission of everyone in the photograph for it to appear in Frontline or on this website and associated channels, and be mindful of respecting patient dignity.

If you do have permission from a patient for them to appear in a photo then you must send us confirmation of their consent, along with their name, and any other relevant details.

Photos with patients do not have to be taken during a real consultation or session. They can be 'staged' to illustrate the work you are doing or the story that is being told about your service.

Whenever possible please send us more than one photo, as our design team prefer to have a selection of images to choose from. It's also helpful to have a choice of landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) images.

If you work for the NHS, and feel you would benefit from some assistance in obtaining high quality photos, most trusts have a media department that you can contact.

Let them know that your service will be receiving publicity in Frontline and ask them to take some high quality photographs for you.

If you are appearing in a feature article and you think your service has the potential to provide a range of interesting photo opportunities then let us know – as we may be able to arrange for a professional photographer to visit you.

Setting your camera to the highest quality setting

If you are taking the photo yourself, please ensure the image is saved at the highest quality setting.

By default, many cameras are not set to shoot in high-quality mode, and this is often true of phones too.

Go into your camera or phone settings and check you are shooting at the maximum resolution and that the picture or image quality is set at the highest setting.

To do this on a digital camera:

  • Press the 'Menu' button
  • Scroll through the menu options
  • Stop on the 'Image Quality Settings' menu. It may also be called 'Resolution' or 'Image Size'
  • Press the 'Set' or 'OK' button to select this menu
  • Scroll through the options and choose 'High' or 'Best'. If only pixel number ratings show, choose the setting with the largest numbers
  • Press the 'Set' or 'OK' button to lock in your choice.

Submitting your images

When you submit pictures please include as much information as possible: who is in the picture, what is happening and do we need to credit anyone (such as a photographer or agency).

If your photo includes a large group of people then please send us a 'left to right' list of the names (and job titles) of everyone featured

Important: do not try to email your photos to us, as our server blocks emails containing large attachments. If you try to send your photos this way we will not receive them, and we will not receive any notification that your email has been blocked.

Please contact us for details on how to best send us images.

 

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