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Event held to mark achievements of the CSP over last 90 years

23 June 2010 - 2:50pm

Around 200 guests, including 90 members chosen by ballot, gathered in London yesterday to mark the achievements of the CSP over the last 90 years.

Phil Gray greets guests at Somerset House

The event, at Somerset House, was held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the granting of the Society’s Royal Charter.

Many landmarks to celebrate

Ann Green, CSP Council chair, looked back at the profession’s history from its 19th century origins in ‘massage and medical rubbing’ to 20th century respectability and acceptance by medical colleagues.

The first Council met on 16 July 1920 but there had been many landmarks since, she said, from the introduction of the first three-year training course for physiotherapy students in 1947 to the appointment of the first physiotherapy consultant, Professor Paul Watson in 2004.

CSP has strong future

CSP chief executive Phil Gray – speaking after the government’s emergency budget – looked forward. Although the announced cuts made optimism difficult, he said, he believed physiotherapy had a very strong future.

Quoting Winston Churchill, he added: ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’

Membership heading for 50,000

The CSP will celebrate recruiting its 50,000th member this year, membership having grown from 30,000 in 1998. Phil Gray said it showed how the Society and the profession had grown more in the last 12 years than in the previous 50.

He said there were ‘significant challenges’ ahead but added: ‘The Society will continue in the future, as it has in the last 90 years, to seek solutions whenever we can and not be afraid to challenge when we cannot.’

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