This year is the centenary of the start of the First World War. While none of us would seek to celebrate an event like war, this milestone does, however, give us a chance to mark an important step in the creation of the physiotherapy profession.
While none of us would seek to celebrate an event like war, this milestone does, however, give us an chance to mark an important step in the creation of the physiotherapy profession.
As our article on page 24 shows, soldiers returning from the battlefield received physical therapy from what were then known as masseuses.
How the profession has changed since: just last week the CSP held a conference in Belfast to welcome the move to independent prescribing for physios.
This is now accepted throughout the rest of the UK and due to become law in Northern Ireland very soon. (We await the decision from the Northern Ireland Executive.)
Those physical therapy pioneers 100 years ago were also campaigners - showing the benefits of their skills in appalling circumstances.
CSP members still hold on to that campaigning, innovative spirit as they fight today’s battle for quality care and services.
AuthorLynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications
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