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Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis

Full name: 
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis
Area of interest: 
Cystic Fibrosis, both the management of children and adults
Louise Warnock


Oxford Adult CF Centre
Churchill hospital, Old Road
Oxford OX3 7LE
United Kingdom
  • Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Cystic Fibrosis (2002) (Currently being updated by the ACPCF);
  • Contributions to:- CF Trust's Standards of Care (2001), new updated standards about to be published ; Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection in People with Cystic Fibrosis (2001);
  • ACPCF Physiotherapy Guidance papers on a range of topics are currently under development. Some are already available on iCCP in the documents section e.g. Monitoring Sputum Cultures, and Managing haemoptysis.
  • The ACPCF have also developed a range of information leaflets on behalf of the CF Trust available via the CF Trust website on topics such as Airway Clearance Techniques, Physiotherapy for babies and toddlers, Incontinence, Exercise.
  • Suggestions for useful outcome measures are also available

Annual sponsored 2 day Study event

Regional meetings locally

Continuing professional development: 

We have our own network on iCSP Regional network There is a regional network involving regular meetings.

Publications (see above) A newsletter has been published twice a year until recently, but a new electronic newsletter format is being developed.

Suggested reading list A list of recommended titles is available.

Conferences and study days The ACPCF holds a sponsored 2 day national study event year. Study days and meetings are organised locally by regional groups.

Links with other groups/organisations The group maintains close links with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the patients' charity, CF nurses group, with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, the international cystic fibrosis physiotherapy group (the IPGCF), International Patient Group for Cystic Fibrosis.

Promoting research: 

Promoting research awareness We have a research officer who can advise and guide members undertaking research. A research culture is encouraged through the study days with poster sessions and opportunity for members to present their research work. Members are also encouraged to attend and present at international meetings. Experienced researchers are able to offer support through regional groups.


Published evidence-based material As well as the above mentioned publications, an ACPCF working group have produced guidelines with the British Thoracic Society on the physiotherapy management of adults with CF. These are due for publication. Similar BTS guidelines for the paediatric population will be developed.

Who can join: 

There are two categories of membership. Individual membership is open to all chartered physiotherapists. Departmental membership, where newsletters and other materials are sent to the department and any member of the team may attend meetings and events.

Expectations of members: 

Active involvement by members in contributing to discussions on iCSP is encouraged, and attendance at study days and regional meetings is strongly recommended. We actively encourage members to be involved in various working groups, in the development of guidelines and contributing to material produced on behalf of the CF trust for families

Subscription details: 
  • Individual £15.00
  • Department £35.00

Full details on how to join can be found on the ACPCF network on iCSP

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