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Frontline staff on the physio news affecting you.

  • 3 Aug 2015 - 11:39am
    I had the good fortune to attend my aunt’s 90th birthday party the other weekend.
    Before retiring she’d worked as a care assistant in a home for children with severe learning disabilities. She now lives in a home herself – situated in a rather pleasant retirement complex in Oxfordshire. Getting older has worked out reasonably well for her, all things considered...
  • 13 Jul 2015 - 1:52pm

    Safety first

    On 20 January our wonderful friend and fellow physio Stephanie Turner was tragically knocked off her bike by a lorry on her way to her first patient of the day. She did not survive. Steph used her bike to commute to work and to carry out home visits. As a group we are still coming to terms with the loss of our amazing friend and it shook us to hear that another young...
  • 13 Jul 2015 - 1:38pm
    Just last week there were a couple of major healthcare awards ceremonies: Patient Safety and Clinical Leaders of 2015, both organised by Health Service Journal.
    It was disappointing not to see a physio listed as a clinical leader. But to win anything you have to enter. That takes time and effort (and often an entry fee).
    So why don’t...
  • 30 Jun 2015 - 12:08pm

    Forward thinking

    Back in 2005 the King’s Fund warned that the writing was on the wall for the NHS as it stood. I sensed that both nationally and locally, our profession was under threat from funding cuts and in some measure from the nursing profession. I took this message to some of our leaders who said to speak to commissioners about our essential services and a new way of working...
  • 30 Jun 2015 - 11:51am
    We’ve another packed issue of Frontline for you: pain, posture and promotion being the themes in our features (pages 24 onwards). But it was Andy Lord’s article on promoting physiotherapy that really caught my eye (page 32). 
    CSP members probably don’t like to think of themselves as a sales force. But as Andy, a CSP professional adviser and a physio, points...
  • 15 Jun 2015 - 2:36pm

    Puppy love

    In a recent edition of Supervet on TV a Staffordshire Bull terrier puppy had quite extensive corrective orthopaedic surgery on his elbows. He stayed in the vet hospital for three months and had daily hydrotherapy and animal physiotherapy. The programme mentioned that he had had 126 physiotherapy sessions and had made a fantastic recovery. While this is fantastic news for...
  • 15 Jun 2015 - 1:30pm
    They made sure this year’s event, which raises awareness about the importance of good physical and mental health in the workplace, was a resounding success.
    In sessions held across the UK, more than 900 members showcased the importance of public health and occupational health and proved that physio staff can design stimulating activities that benefit everyone....
  • 1 Jun 2015 - 2:46pm

    Different strokes

    The News in pictures feature in the 20 May issue reported that the number of people in their 40s and 50s who are having strokes is ‘soaring’. Readers might be interested to hear a recent edition of the More or Less programme on Radio 4 titled ‘Strokes, teachers, confused computers’ (broadcast on 15 May but available on the BBC iPlayer). 
  • 1 Jun 2015 - 1:08pm
    Many of you will be looking forward to a summer holiday. This year, I’m taking an ‘austerity break’. Rather than jetting off to southern Europe, I’m walking along the Thames Path in stages, starting at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich last Christmas Eve. The next leg is Maidenhead to Pangbourne (not even half way yet). 
    Wish me luck with reaching the river’s...
  • 18 May 2015 - 1:23pm
    So, we have a new, majority government in Westminster. And the UK’s political landscape is looking very different from this time last year. What will it all mean to physio services and physiotherapy staff? And to your patients?
    The CSP will continue to campaign on your behalf with the four key messages used in the lead up to the election: fair pay; fewer falls;...
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