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Frontline staff on the physio news affecting you.

  • 13 May 2013 - 3:30pm

    As with any reorganisation (and the NHS has seen many of them over the years) it means new titles, new bodies and new agendas.

    But – if you play your cards right – it can also mean new opportunities. The first challenge is to find your way around the new influencing bodies.

    It’s a minefield, especially if you’re trying to develop public health projects, where the...

  • 29 Apr 2013 - 4:29pm

    Women, it says, have borne the brunt of the cuts to the public sector workforce. Nearly three times as many women as men have become long-term unemployed in the last two and a half years – 103,000 women compared to 37,000 men.

    As the Fawcett Society report points out, a failure to address this issue will create an even more ‘female unfriendly’ labour market.

    So what’s...

  • 16 Apr 2013 - 12:10pm

    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 - 12:49pm

    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 - 12:41pm

    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 - 5:51pm

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

    You’ll find more reports at: www.csp.org.uk/arc

    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...

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  • 5 Mar 2013 - 2:17pm

    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 - 2:16pm

    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...

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  • 5 Mar 2013 - 2:12pm

    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 - 4:20pm

    ‘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...

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