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Frontline staff on the physio news affecting you.

  • 22 Nov 2011 - 2:15pm
    • Latest research shows that ‘influenza vaccines can provide moderate protection against virologically confirmed influenza’ in people of working age, though there’s a lack of data for older people.

    Osterholm MT et al.  
    The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2011, doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70295-X.

    • The new drug indacaterol (Onbrez) is at least as...
  • 1 Nov 2011 - 4:49pm

    It is a historic time for the CSP and could, if the ballot comes back with a yes vote, be the first time in 30 years that members have taken strike action.

    As a profession, physiotherapy is well-respected. Our members work hard throughout their careers to give their best to their patients. When they come to retire, they want a pension that allows them to live with dignity.
    ...

  • 19 Oct 2011 - 12:50pm

    I’ve just returned from a busy, but energising, few days at CSP’s annual congress in Liverpool.

    It’s truly a showcase of the best clinical practice in physiotherapy - and a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the society’s members.

    Despite all that’s going on - the uncertainties, funding difficulties and concerns (for NHS staff) about your pensions - the...

  • 20 Sep 2011 - 5:44pm

    No one wants to take strike action, not least members of the CSP.

    Physios are caring professionals who put their patients’ needs first rather than their own.

    But the planned changes in members’ pensions, resulting from the Hutton review, will increase the contributions for most physios from 6.5 per cent to 7.7 per cent of their salary.

    Instead of the existing...

  • 5 Sep 2011 - 12:35pm

    Not everyone will stand for council or become active as a steward, but there is still something you can do to help make the most of your membership.

    We are keen to have sufficient information about you so we can begin to tailor our services to meet your needs.

    ‘Why bother?’ you may ask. Because you are important to us! The society needs to reflect its members’ views, to...

  • 1 Aug 2011 - 4:50pm

    This issue of Frontline will be going to students starting physio courses this autumn. I’m sure readers will remember that mix of anticipation and nervousness that goes with the first day on any course, not least one that could shape your future career.

    Being part of the CSP is a huge benefit and professional anchor for anyone working in this field, whether in the NHS, private sector or...

  • 19 Jul 2011 - 5:06pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice just to relax, safe in the knowledge that life would be much as you’d left it when you get back from Benidorm, Bournemouth or the Bahamas?

    Unfortunately that seems very unlikely. The coalition government has just launched its white paper on public service reform. It heralds fundamental changes to not just the NHS, but other public sector services. The only...

  • 5 Jul 2011 - 5:01pm

    But the World Confederation for Physical Therapy congress in Amsterdam provided just that opportunity.

    With more than 5,000 delegates present, 370 of them from the UK, it was quite a gathering. Our coverage www.csp.org.uk gives you a flavour of the debates that took place there. What it can’t do is to let you eavesdrop on the...

  • 13 Jun 2011 - 4:39pm

    Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on Tuesday (7 June) signalled a significant shift from the original proposals health secretary Andrew Lansley has tried, unsuccessfully, to push through. (See news page 8.)

    It would be nice to breathe a sigh of relief, but the battle continues. The CSP has campaigned tirelessly over the proposed reforms , as our feature starting on page 25 shows...

  • 31 May 2011 - 3:39pm

    That’s a question that many GPs may well be asking themselves when referring a patient on for treatment following a minor injury.

    But what’s the best course of action if the patient is an elderly person with arthritis, who is in constant pain and living in cold, damp housing? It will be very different from what’s needed for a young, normally fit, person recovering from a hamstring...

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