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Frontline staff on the physio news affecting you.

  • 4 Jan 2013 - 2:29pm

    The latest face cream will smoothe away your worry lines or a new gadget will transform your life. Not forgetting that new gym pass that will keep you fit.

    Well, now Frontline is asking you to make an easy new year’s resolution: to keep in touch. That may sound a little daft – the sort of thing you might say to a friend you don’t see that often or a relative you only see at...

  • 3 Dec 2012 - 12:17pm

    And what better way to end the year than with a celebration of all that’s best in physiotherapy?

    You’ll find details of all the inspirational physios who have done so much for the profession in our spread on the CSP awards ceremony (pages 18-20).

    I met many members at the event and was struck – as ever – by how reticent many of you are about promoting yourself and the...

  • 20 Nov 2012 - 3:12pm

    I’m an east Londoner. I trained at Royal London hospital and the University of East London, and live in Hackney.

    So I knew from the moment I heard the words ‘and the 2012 Games go to...LONDON’ that this was going to be an important personal experience, but also potentially the pinnacle of my physio career.

    My role – lead physio for Paralympics GB – was to ensure every...

  • 20 Nov 2012 - 11:38am

    If you were to describe your ‘unique selling proposition’ – the one thing that only you can offer your patients – it would be your skills in helping to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

    You’re a ‘uniquely skilled physiotherapist!’

    But the idea of ‘selling’ your services, particularly if you work in the NHS, has been...

  • 5 Nov 2012 - 3:12pm

    Will this affect my pay increment?
    Yes it can do.

    Although an NHS employer has the discretion to take previous work into account it is not obliged to do so.

    You can be placed back at the bottom of the relevant pay band and your increment date changed.

    Pay is an issue that you should negotiate at the job interview stage.

    If...

  • 5 Nov 2012 - 3:04pm

    Over 150,000 people were at the London march and there were also events in Glasgow and Belfast.

    Organising action like this isn’t straightforward, nor is it done lightly.

    The CSP knows that the vast majority of its members are unlikely to be able to reschedule their busy lives to take part in such events.

    But just because you weren’t able to be there, it...

  • 22 Oct 2012 - 3:46pm

    In May this year, my area – Leicestershire – launched its procurement invitation on the NHS Supply2Health website.  

    I have always had great working relationships with local GPs, delivering well-respected services to NHS patients from our private practice.

    This led me to believe that any qualified provider (AQP) might offer our practice the opportunity to extend...

  • 22 Oct 2012 - 3:18pm

    Caroline Harbord and Elizabeth Steele joined other Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust staff whose photo appeared in the 3 October Frontline (page 12).

    While the post has been agreed, no appointment has yet been made for Allied Health Professional representation on the new NHS Commissioning Board (In Perspective, 19 September, page 22).

    Due to confusion regarding an email message, the...

  • 22 Oct 2012 - 3:15pm

    Yes! All members who are employed by an organisation that recognises the CSP have the right to be elected as a safety rep or steward.

    This includes associates and rotational staff.

    However, CSP members with a significant responsibility for managing staff should carefully consider the potential conflict between their duties as a manager, and their role as an elected...

  • 22 Oct 2012 - 3:12pm

    West country plea

    Twenty NHS trusts in south west England have each invested £10,000 to set up a pay cartel to look at reducing pay and eroding terms and conditions in the area.

    Twenty eight ‘staff cost reduction potential opportunities’ (their words not mine!) have been highlighted in a cartel document.

    These include reducing pay, reducing annual leave,...

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