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Expanding Horizons

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Europe's largest physiotherapy conference and exhibition : 'Expanding Horizons' : International Convention Centre, Birmingham Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October

 Europe's largest physiotherapy conference and exhibition, organised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is being held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham from Friday 20 - Saturday 22 October. The event will bring together over 1200 delegates from all over the world.

During the conference, experts from the physiotherapy profession will be speaking on subjects including occupational health, back pain, rehabilitation, therapeutic riding and mental health.

The conference also features a keynote address by world famous explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and a trade exhibition featuring over 100 stands. Winners of a CSP competition to design a physiotherapy uniform for the new Millennium will also be announced.

Events manager, Sarah Durham, said: 'This year's Congress promises to be the biggest the Society has ever hosted, with a scientific programme involving 11 of our clinical and occupational interest groups, and featuring speakers who are world leaders in their chosen fields.

'There is no other event in the year which offers health professionals such an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in physiotherapy.'

Other highlights of the three-day event include a satellite conference espousing the values of the ancient healing techniques of acupuncture and reflex therapy in clinical practice. The programme involves lectures and workshops on trigger point acupuncture and craniosacral therapy, and a demonstration of shiatsu.

On Friday, 20 October, Health Minister Lord Philip Hunt will launch the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP's) new campaign, 'Leading the way to healthier lives'. The campaign focuses on rehabilitation, and the important role of chartered physiotherapists as leaders in providing rehabilitation services within the NHS.

In his address to Congress, Lord Hunt is also expected to comment on the publication by the CSP of national standards for physiotherapy. The Standards of Physiotherapy Practice pack was developed with input from over 1,000 physiotherapists and assistants, discussions with patient groups, and through pilot studies across the UK.

 
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Notes to editors

1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 39,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth largest health profession after medicine, nursing and midwifery.

For further information, please contact the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 28

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