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First physiotherapy student conference in Scotland

22 August 2014 - 1:47pm

The first Scotland-wide physiotherapy student conference will be held on 25 October in Edinburgh.

physiotherapy conference poster exhibition

Students in Scotland can submit posters and presentation abstracts by September 1. Full details below

Student Physiotherapy Conference Scotland 2014 (SPCS 2014) will bring together physiotherapy students and research findings from three Scottish universities: Robert Gordon, Glasgow Caledonian and Queen Margaret University (QMU), which is hosting the event.

The conference aims to explore physiotherapy’s strong tradition in non-invasive, holistic treatment approaches, against the changing demands of contemporary healthcare. It will look at how individuals can determine their own career pathways and the future of the overall profession.

Dr Judith Lane, senior lecturer and programme leader MSc pre-registration physiotherapy, explained that the idea was initiated by her final year students Katie McGregor and Florence Cook. ‘They were inspired by a talk by CSP chief executive Karen Middleton at Physiotherapy UK and wanted to create an opportunity to reflect on where the profession has come from and how it can get even better,’ she said.

Students are encouraged to showcase their research through a poster exhibition, and oral presentations, currently open to abstracts.

‘The original idea was to get physiotherapy students from across Scotland together, as they rarely have the chance to interact and share research. However physiotherapy students from the rest of the UK are welcome too,’ added Dr Lane.

Highlights of the day include a keynote speech by Dr Elizabeth Dean, professor of physical therapy at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a talk by Scottish racing cyclist James McCallum.

There are places for up 250 delegates at SPC14. For details of registration and how to submit abstracts (which can only be done until 1 September) visit the conference website below.

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