With a general election happening on 7 May, there’s little doubt health and social care will be centre stage over the coming weeks.
But, as chief executive Karen Middleton told the CSP’s annual representative conference in Manchester, being a political football is of no help to anyone.
Of course – as you’d expect – delegates spoke about their pay, jobs and working conditions, whether in the NHS or elsewhere. In high-quality debates, they voiced concerns at working unpaid overtime and struggling in over-stretched departments, for example (pages 16-17).
But, election or not, members want to focus on improving care and outcomes for patients. They don’t want to be sidetracked by negative headlines about the NHS.
The conference was an opportunity for you, as a CSP member, to voice your concerns: it was about your profession, your career and your work. Those discussions help shape the future work of the CSP.
The forthcoming general election also gives you a chance to shape the future. Help to put physio on the agenda in a positive way by checking out the CSP’s ‘Four key questions’, featured in our 4 February issue.
Be ready with your questions, should your prospective parliamentary candidate call. You can also find it online: www.csp.org.uk/2015election
Lynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications firstname.lastname@example.org
AuthorLynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications
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