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Frontline staff on the physio news affecting you.

  • 16 Apr 2013 - 11:10am

    The closing date for entries is just a month off, so if you’ve not yet decided what you might do to get involved, put your thinking caps on now!

    As Mr Selbie explains in our interview, one of the key priorities for England’s new public health body is to help employers encourage their staff to make healthy choices.

    It’s a key priority for the CSP too – not only with...

  • 19 Mar 2013 - 11:49am

    Straight Talking

    I was saddened to read that the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health has reservations about my Twitter account – @gussiegrips – to promote pelvic floor awareness (Talkback, 20 February).

    I’d like to reassure the association that my tweets are entirely evidence-based.

    The feedback I have from patients is...

  • 19 Mar 2013 - 11:41am

    Access to references is covered under the Data Protection Act 1998. 

    Your employer does not have to provide you with a copy of a reference they have written about you as it is exempt from the act. 

    However you can request a copy from the receiving organisation. 

    In most circumstances they are obliged to provide the reference, a substantial part of it or a...

  • 18 Mar 2013 - 4:51pm

    An amazing number of debates were held over the two days.

    You’ll find more reports at:

    The subjects ranged from the shortage of rotational posts to the impact of service redesign on musculoskeletal services.

    As the NHS in England embarks on yet another reorganisation, the meeting was...

  • 5 Mar 2013 - 1:17pm

    In an age where we can email one another from the other side of the world and the message arrives seconds later, tweet our deepest thoughts to several thousand people simultaneously, or hold a video conference rather than attend a meeting in the flesh, it’s all too easy to forget the importance of meeting people in person.

    The CSP’s strength lies in its members: it needs your input...

  • 5 Mar 2013 - 1:16pm

    Touching Concern

    What a thoughtful CPD article by Gwyn Owen (‘A Question of Touch’, Frontline, 6 February).

    Time and again in private practice I meet patients who have seen NHS physios and been given exercise sheets, and rarely do they follow them.

    Asked why, they say it’s partly because they don’t know how to do the exercises properly because they...

  • 5 Mar 2013 - 1:12pm

    We also want to clarify the proportion of disputed decisions that were later overturned.

    The concerns about using Atos for the new Personal Independence Payments assessments stemmed from its previous work for the DWP, assessing people who were claiming Employment Support.

    Atos carried out Work Capability Assessments to determine applicants’ ability to engage with work. Of...

  • 18 Feb 2013 - 3:20pm

    ‘Friend or foe?’ was the question.

    I was horrified to hear about the abuse that some women who have placed themselves in the public arena – by writing blogs, or making comments on the web – have been subjected to.

    Sadly, most of that abuse comes from men.

    It left me wondering quite how far we’ve progressed to ensure that women have equal rights in our...

  • 5 Feb 2013 - 3:33pm

    Level Playing Field

    It was disappointing to see an advertisement for an unpaid internship masquerading as a letter in Frontline 23 January (‘Situations vacant’).

    There are several problems with this. The first is that it devalues the role of research. If the research and product of the research is considered important it should be paid for.

    The second...

  • 4 Feb 2013 - 2:52pm

    There are, of course, many teams around the UK that deal with falls, particularly among older groups of people.

    One of the reasons why the team in Westminster came to our attention was that its data on outcomes were sufficiently robust be able to show how effective the service has been.

    That has been key to the team winning commissioning contracts.


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