Comment - Good, bad and sad news

It’s fitting, with the CSP holding its annual representative conference in Cardiff this month, our cover feature – on an award-winning lymphoedema clinic – is based in a hospital in Wales.

What more positive news could you want than to read about Melanie Thomas, whose ‘can do’ approach, along with that of her multi-disciplinary team, helped drive a clinic’s success?

Sadly, less positive news comes from the National Audit Office about personal independence payments (page 8).

That people with disabilities are being forced to wait so long for their payments must be a concern to all CSP members – including those working so hard to carry out the assessments on time.

The sad news?

That’s the death of a much-loved CSP fellow, Louis Gifford. From reading about his life (page 14), he seems to have been someone who quietly got on, making the most out of opportunities, whatever fate threw him.

In uncertain times, it may seem hard to be positive. But by highlighting the work of CSP members like Louis, or Melanie, in Frontline we aim to inspire you to provide the very best, high-quality service for your patients.

Lynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications

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