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Sue Rees elected CSP chair of council

CSP press release published on 15 October 2013

A Cardiff and Vale physiotherapist is celebrating the opportunity to represent her profession at UK level, having become the first ever chair of council of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) from Wales. 

Sue Rees, deputy head of physiotherapy services at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, was elected to a two-year term as chair at the CSP’s annual conference in Birmingham at the weekend.

The role will include overseeing the formation of CSP policy and making the case for physiotherapy on the national stage through meetings with senior politicians and other decision-makers.

Sue, who has been on the CSP council for six years, said:

“It’s an incredible honour to be elected by my colleagues to this post.

“CSP council shapes the future of UK physiotherapy, so this feels like a fantastic opportunity to lead and represent the organisation, alongside the Society’s senior management team.

“In particular, I hope to demonstrate to the rest of the UK the effectiveness of integrating acute and community services, as we do in Wales, to improve patient care through partnership and collaboration.

“I am looking forward to building on the great work of my predecessor in expanding the opportunities for physiotherapy to make a real difference to patient services across the UK.”

CSP chief executive Phil Gray added:

“I am delighted to congratulate Sue on her appointment and we look forward to working with her as we strive to ensure the delivery of even better care to those who need physiotherapy services.”

Ms Rees joins another influential healthcare leader from Wales at the CSP.

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff’s cancer centre, Velindre, and cross-bench member of the House of Lords, has held the post of CSP President since 2001.

For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, or Jon Ryan, senior media adviser on 07917 091200.

**ENDS**

Notes to editors

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 51,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.
  2. A photo of Sue Rees is available upon request.

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