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That was the year that was

16 December 2011 - 12:46pm

This year has been one of great success for the CSP,’ says Phil Gray, CSP chief executive.

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CSP chief executive Phil Gray joins CSP members on the 30 November Day of Action

‘Despite the many challenges that CSP members across the UK have faced, it has been a year of great achievements.

‘It’s been a year when members have worked hard to protect the quality of their services for patients. A year when members stood together in their thousands on 30 November to defend their pensions. And a year when the profession was recognised and thanked by patients, politicians and top athletes.’

Recognition

A recent opinon poll shows that public appreciation of physiotherapy has improved significantly. Some 72 per cent of people agree physiotherapy can help you stay healthy and improve health problems you may have compared with 60 per cent in 2009.

The physiotherapy profession was also publicly thanked at the CSP Congress in October by keynote speaker Gill Hicks who survived the London bombings and made an excellent recovery with the help of physiotherapy team.

The profession was also recognised by decision makers of all political persuasions, and mentioned hundreds of times in all four UK parliaments and assemblies. Positive media coverage about physiotherapy and the CSP reached a combined audience of 800 million people in 2011.

This was the year that the CSP took the message that ‘physiotherapy works’ - with robust clinical and economic evidence – to health professionals, service planners, commissioners and decision makers.  It was the year that the Society lobbied hard on the danger of cuts in patient care and the imposition of unfair competition, yet has produced survival courses and briefing guidance to find a way through for the future.

Speaking out for physiotherapy

2011 was also a year of protest. Hundreds of CSP members wrote to Westminster MPs with their concerns about the proposed NHS reforms and thousands joined the rally in March.

The year culminated in unprecedented strike action by physio staff as tens of thousands of CSP members withdrew their labour on 30 November in defence of NHS pensions.  

‘With 51,500 physiotherapists, assistants and students now members of the CSP, the profession is larger and stronger than ever,’ said Mr Gray. ‘We look forward to 2012 proud of the profession and standing strong together. 

‘Thank you, to all the CSP members, elected representatives, activists and CSP staff who have worked so hard to make 2011 a year of real achievement and success.’

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