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Frontline staff on the physio news affecting you.

  • 17 Sep 2012 - 2:49pm

    Not on a day trip, but at the Trades Union Congress.

    It was a first for me. I’ve covered party political conferences and numerous annual general meetings in the past.

    But I was keen to see what the congress – so often reported in the media as a meeting of the militants – was like in reality.

    CSP delegates played a key part in the debates, particularly around...

  • 3 Sep 2012 - 4:59pm

    As Gwyn Owen’s article (page 29) points out, there’s much to be gained from attending conferences and seminars.

    They can inform your clinical understanding, allow debate and discussion, and – often the most energising of all – help you make new contacts and renew old friendships. It could, dare I say it, even be the place where you are able to put out feelers for a new job!

  • 30 Jul 2012 - 2:45pm

    It’s never wise to over-use them.

    But I am going to use them this week, which has been a monumental one for physiotherapy in the UK.

    The government’s decision to support independent prescribing by physiotherapists is something the CSP has been arguing for over the last decade.

    It really is groundbreaking. A huge vote of confidence in the profession, it is a...

  • 16 Jul 2012 - 3:43pm

    Many of you will be watching either on TV or – if you’ve been lucky enough to get tickets – at the event itself.

    The work of physios is rarely in the limelight, though.

    Unlike doctors and nurses, you never make it as a character, let alone a storyline, in Casualty or The Archers.

    But being a good physio is not about being in the spotlight.


  • 3 Jul 2012 - 3:21pm

    Though the part of the building earmarked for the physiotherapists was still something of a work in progress, it’s clear that the physios have a much larger treatment area than any of the other healthcare professions on site.

    They will certainly have their work cut out. We learned, for example, that there will be 50 physios on duty a day, with 25 on each shift.


  • 19 Jun 2012 - 3:24pm

    For anyone wondering what the CSP does for you, the coming weeks should help set the record straight.

    In fact, it sometimes feels as if the CSP is doing so much, it’s difficult to sift out the key ‘take home’ messages for our members.

    But one thing we do know is that you want us to promote the profession to the general public and to ensure commissioners recognise the...

  • 6 Jun 2012 - 4:08pm

    An accountant, she had motor neurone disease and had used a wheelchair for 10 years.

    She provided the case example I needed for an article about a pilot project in Hampshire enabling social services clients to buy their own care.

    Rather than relying on council staff to get Margaret up, help her wash, prepare her meals, and (often at some ridiculously early hour to suit...

  • 15 May 2012 - 3:52pm

    It gives a new perspective and we return to our work refreshed.

    I recently attended a Women in Business networking event at The Guardian’s headquarters in London.

    The speakers were the chief executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the Whistles clothing chain chief executive, the founder of the Mr and Mrs Smith weekend break guide and the woman who set...

  • 30 Apr 2012 - 2:27pm

    In the background was a massive support network, including a team of 80 physios in the final straight as well as 100 others dotted along the route.

    Having spoken to the two lead physios at the event – Susie Jones and Sue Gaastra – it’s clear that both were overwhelmed by the support from, and professionalism of, the physio volunteers who took part.


  • 4 Apr 2012 - 3:56pm

    It comes – more by luck than anything – within a week of the Health and Social Care Bill becoming law in England.

    The CSP has been working on two fronts over the last 18 months – on the one hand, trying to fight implementation of the bill, on the other trying to prepare members for the impact it will have on services currently provided within the NHS. With the bill now law, it’s time to...

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