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'Be bold' physio associates conference is told

13 September 2010 - 5:00pm

Physiotherapy support workers will have opportunities to develop their roles in the workplace during the 'uncertain' and 'challenging' times ahead, a conference heard.

CSP deputy chief executive Sue Browning urged associate members at their annual conference to 'be bold' and 'take what's on offer.'

Image: Simon Hadley

She and CSP chair Ann Green said the full implications of the coalition government's reform plans were unclear but health staff would be required to do things differently and save money.

Support workers, who were good communicators and 'close to the patient', had leadership skills and were well placed to 'create' opportunities.

Influencing change

They should try to influence change rather than be at the mercy of it, maximise their knowledge and use their support networks.

'Think opportunity, rather than doom and gloom,' Sue Browning said.

Broadening horizons

About 70 people attended the 15th annual associate members' conference held in Manchester under the title 'Broadening your Horizons.'

A debate centred on how support workers were already expanding their roles and responsibilities in different settings across the country.

Keynote speaker Danielle Freeth, who is the CSP support worker of the year, described her work with amputee patients and was enthusiastically received.

Ann Green challenged members to think about the different roles they might play in the Society. 'There's no policy happening within the CSP that associate members don't have the opportunity to influence.'

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