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CSP Scotland promotes profession at STUC Annual Congress

28 April 2005 - 9:10am

CSP members promoted their profession to great success at the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) in Dundee last week (18 to 20) April. Not only was a full delegation on the Conference floor, but members offered free consultation and advice to conference delegates. One of the visitors was Alex Salmond MP, the leader of the Scottish National Party, who took time out of his General Election Campaign to visit the CSP stall.

CSP members promoted their profession to great success at the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) in Dundee last week (18 to 20) April. Not only was a full delegation on the Conference floor speaking on Congress motions, but members of the profession from Perth and Dundee staffed a CSP stall offering free consultation and advice to conference delegates. One of the visitors was Alex Salmond MP, the leader of the Scottish National Party, who took time out of his General Election Campaign to visit the CSP stall. He spoke in glowing terms of the physiotherapy profession, stating ' I can speak from personal experience of the real value of physiotherapy to the nation's health. I am only on the campaign trail today as a result of their expertise in treating me, and their contribution should be far more widely known.'

Following on from a successful Congress last year, the CSP opted to have a stand offering advice to delegates to encourage them into approaching the stall. With a full range of leaflets on offer reflecting the diversity of the profession, CSP members gave individual consultations to delegates, including some soft tissue mobilisation, neck and shoulder manipulation and acupressure.

The highly visible CSP stand proved tremendously popular, with queues of trade union delegates seeking advice on aches and pains, and health promotion. Visitors to the stall gained the opportunity to learn more about the range and scope of physiotherapy.

For a second year, CSP members fully contributed also to the work of the annual congress. CSP Scotland submitted two motions for discussion on the conference floor, on promoting outdoor activities for children and improved parental time off work for NHS Scotland staff under agreed family-friendly policies. Both were debated and carried.

Commenting on CSP Scotland's contribution, Claire Ronald (CSP Delegate) said, 'We gave ourselves the challenge to improve on last year's success, and I can say we passed with flying colours. We are delighted wit the profile we have achieved for our members and for the profession.'

Media information:

Photos of physiotherapists at the event are available from CSP Scotland.

For more information contact Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, Policy Officer for Scotland, on 0131 226 1441 or mobile 07881957154

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 42,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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