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More than 200 physios gather to debate hot topics

25 February 2009 - 4:10pm

Chief executive Phil Gray has praised 'the thousands of active members who make the CSP and the profession what it is - an immensely successful one'.

Photo: Barrie Harwood Photography

Mr Gray was speaking at the opening of the Annual Representative Conference in Manchester today.

He said there were huge opportunities for physiotherapy and called on all CSP members to become engaged.

'The future is there to be influenced.

'There has been a big expansion of physiotherapy because the public want and value it.'

An opportunity to help shape the future

CSP Council chair Liz Cavan said: 'ARC is always a hotbed of debate around vital issues concerning the delivery of physiotherapy services and the patients who use them'.

Expressing delight at the record number of student members in attendance, Ms Cavan added that:  'ARC is an opportunity to help shape the profession for the future.'

A total of 215 delegates will discuss up to 60 motions over the two day conference.

Debate was informed by six weeks of discussion and voting on the Society's member networking website, interactiveCSP. Delegates today were given the iCSP poll results.

Three emergency motions were added to the agenda. They include the poor performance of the NHS in a survey of workplace diversity showing gay-friendly employers and extra stress NHS hospital staff are under due to this year's winter pressures.

A highly topical fringe meeting on the subject of the Independent Safeguarding Authority takes place on Thursday.

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