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Funding for CSP Qualified members' CPD

29 June 2006 - 1:00pm

The CSP Charitable Trust provides members of the CSP with the opportunity to apply for and gain funding to support their continuing professional development and development of the physiotherapy profession within the fields of education and research. The next deadline is 1st October 2006.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust Supporting the advancement of physiotherapy education and research

 

The CSP Charitable Trust provides members of the CSP with the opportunity to apply for and gain funding to support their continuing professional development and development of the physiotherapy profession within the fields of education and research. The next deadline is 1st October 2006.

 

Qualified members of the CSP of more than two years who are undertaking formal, nationally accredited courses can apply for funding from the Charitable Trust. Funding is for expenses related to the course; course fees, books, travel and subsistence.

 

In 2005 alone, the Charitable Trust awarded funding of £41,000 to 91 qualified CSP members for courses such as PhDs, professional doctorates, various MSc’s and MAs such as Neurophysiotherapy, Rehabilitation, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Professional Practice, Veterinary Physiotherapy, Medical Humanities, Learning and Teaching as well as funding for postgraduate diplomas, certificates and individual Masters level modules.

 

Feedback from qualified members who were supported to undertake formal academic courses felt that their critical appraisal and research skills were significantly developed alongside clinical reasoning skills which have enhanced patient care.  These skills naturally had a strong impact on members’ confidence levels in practice and many went on to produce articles for publication or to present findings at local, regional and national level.

 

One qualified CSP member was awarded funding from the Charitable Trust towards an MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at University College London. Successfully completing her MSc has allowed her to get a post as a lecturer, as well as maintain ongoing collaboration with the university’s Department of Physiology and she has also had articles published in Physiotherapy, the CSP journal.

 

Additional funds for qualified members

A number of other funding options are open to qualified members in addition to these.

The UK Presentation Fund makes awards to CSP members giving presentations at UK conferences.  In 2005, a total £465 was awarded to 2 applicants for poster presentations at CSP Congress and the National Cancer Research Institute Conference, both held in Birmingham.

 

The International Lecture Fund makes awards to CSP UK-based members presenting at overseas international conferences. In 2005, Charitable Trust monies of approximately £7,200 was awarded to 14 CSP members for various oral and poster presentations, as well as conducting workshops and demonstrations at various worldwide international conferences such as the 4th World Congress of Neurorehabilitation held in Hong Kong and the American Pain Society 24th Annual Scientific Meeting held in Boston, USA to name just a few.

 

The Barbican '91 Fund makes awards to CSP members who have been invited to conduct workshops/seminars in developing countries to support the education of the country’s physiotherapists or for non-UK physiotherapists who wish to undertake a course of study in the UK to support their country’s professional development.  In 2005, Barbican 91’ Fund monies totalling £3,500 were awarded to a CSP member for a visit to Malawi to assess and improve the management of physical disability in children and to establish further links with healthcare providers in Malawi and to an overseas physiotherapist from Jordan coming to the UK to undertake an MSc by Research at the University of Salford.

 

Additional support for qualified members

CSP members who are looking to undertake research projects and are looking for funding will find the CSP’s information paper on Sources of Research Funding (RES3) useful.

 

CSP members who are seeking additional financial assistance to undertake post-qualifying programmes and educational travel may find the CSP’s information paper on Sources of funding for post-qualifying education (CPD12) useful.

 

The CSP keeps details of over 500 post qualifying programmes of interest to physiotherapists. Use the CSP website’s post-qualifying programmes database to conduct your own online search.

 

CSP qualified members looking to undertake short courses to develop their CPD can use the CSP Frontline course listings database on the website to find a course of interest to them.

 

Please note that the Charitable Trust does not fund courses that do not carry academic credits.

 

The next deadline date for all the above funds is 1st October 2006.

 

Further information and application forms are available to download from the Charitable Trust section of the CSP website or contact the CSP CPD Administrator, Safina Razzak on Tel 020 7306 6608 or email razzaks@csp.org.uk

 

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