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Hundreds of physiotherapists gather for Annual Conference in Oxford

CSP press release published on 22 February 2007

Around 300 physiotherapists, assistants and students will gather at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on March 1-2 2007 for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP) Annual Representative Conference.

Around 300 physiotherapists, assistants and students will gather at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on March 1-2 2007 for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP) Annual Representative Conference.

Around 300 physiotherapists, assistants and students will gather at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on March 1-2 2007 for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s (CSP) Annual Representative Conference.

The two-day event will see physios debating over fifty motions ranging from a call on the CSP to continue pressuring UK Governments for solutions to the high levels of unemployment among newly qualified physiotherapists, to calls for the launch of a campaign in schools to help prevent back problems.

CSP Chair of Council, Sarah Bazin says: 'Our Annual Representative Conference is the perfect opportunity to bring together members of the physiotherapy profession to discuss the issues that affect our working lives and the care we provide to patients.

'There are still too many newly qualified physiotherapists who haven’t got their first job. Physio graduates are vital to the future of patient care and the CSP will continue working with Government and NHS Employers towards solutions. This will be a key debate. (see note 3)

'Another hot topic will be the increase in the number of people needing treatment for back problems. Educating children and teenagers about good posture and the importance of exercise could help them avoid harmful lifestyle habits and prevent back pain in later life. (see note 4) Ends

Notes to editors

  1. For more information please call Becky Darke or Jennie Edmondson in the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628 / 020 7306 6616 Mobiles: 07900 160 349 / 07786 332 197.
  2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.
  3. 68 per cent of 2006 physiotherapy graduates, trained at a cost of nearly £40 million to the taxpayer, were still without their first NHS post as of December 2006. For more information see the CSP press release Urgent action needed to secure jobs for newly qualified physios.
  4. For more information see the CSP press release Teenage lifestyles causing back pain, warn physios

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