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Student Reps Weekend: Students get social media tips

13 February 2014 - 10:43am

Making a positive impact was a key theme at the student representatives development weekend, held in Leeds on 8-9 February.

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The CSP member network InteractiveCSP was highlighted

Think about how social media can help you to engage with special interest groups and how you can help others to engage.

That was the message from Gerard Green, senior lecturer in physiotherapy at Coventry University and private practitioner.

Mr Green recommended LinkedIn as a good way of networking and pointed out that universities like LinkedIn and use it to post jobs.

‘It’s a nice toe in the water,’ he said. ‘It’s 100% professional, you don’t post photos and general chit chat. My brother is a solicitor and he hates social media, but he’s on LinkedIn.’

Valuable resources 

InteractiveCSP, the society’s member networking website, is a ‘really valuable’ communication tool, particularly for newly qualified physios who can use it to get involved in their regional network, the student network and clinical networks and accessing resources.

‘When people post things on there you know they are going to be there in two years time,’ he said.

Twitter is good because it’s very current and it’s good for meeting people who you would not otherwise meet.

‘@Lynneaton [Frontline’s editor] has been very active recently and I think people appreciate that she’s reaching out to the members,’ he added.

According to Mr Green there is some ‘really brilliant stuff’ on Facebook for physiotherapists, not least the CSP student page, and pages about interviews for junior posts.

And he didn’t forget to highlight the CSP website as a ‘huge resource of material’.

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