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Northern Ireland physios: web conferencing is solving travel problems

1 April 2014 - 9:39am

A group of physiotherapists in Northern Ireland are using web conferencing for virtual seminars and meetings, Shona Pryde told Frontline.


ACPIN committee members with February’s guest speaker Sinead McCormick (second left) and Jonnie McCrea, Shona Pryde and Lucy Anderson

Ms Pryde chairs the Northern Ireland region of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN). She said the group’s first web conference in February featured a lecture by Sinead McCormick, of local charity Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke.

ACPIN had been hosting monthly lectures in Belfast, but the geographical spread of its membership made it difficult for many people to attend.

‘Some of our physiotherapists were making a 160-mile round trip to maintain their continuing professional development,’ said Ms Pryde. ‘It seemed to be getting more and more difficult to entice people out in the evening.’

The session had a live audience of physios who used their computers and mobile devices to listen and take part in discussions. A recording is available to all members.

The next web conference on the physiotherapy management of palliative neurological patients in the community will take place on 20 May. ACPIN will contact its members with details of how to join the event and plans to stream all its conferences.




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