'Perhaps all physios should tell a manager, nurse, doctor, politician or passing stranger about the difference they have made'
This issue of Frontline includes a timely review of a book about the ‘heavy reckoning’ endured by military personnel injured while serving in Afghanistan. The book, and the review, capture the long, painful journey these soldiers must make if they are to return from the brink of death.
Physiotherapists are, of course, vital players in that journey – yet another example of how the profession is integral to well-being and the restoration of health.
I confess that before working on Frontline I was ignorant of the extent to which physiotherapy permeates the world around us. Physios, it seems, are everywhere. In this issue alone, we hear from practitioners with something to say about public health, trauma, genomic medicine, clinical research, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, as well as war wounds and much more.
This ubiquity won’t be news to you and I’m not sure why it surprises me. I may simply be ill-informed but a speaker at the recent Physiotherapy UK 2018 conference offered another suggestion.
Professor David Oliver of the Royal College of Physicians praised the contribution physios make to healthcare but suggested they were ‘too modest’ about what they offer.
It’s an intriguing thought. Perhaps all physiotherapists should be required regularly to tell a manager, nurse, doctor, politician or passing stranger about the difference they have made that day. Why not try it? Blow your own trumpet. It might work in your favour.
- Daniel Allen Acting editor Frontline firstname.lastname@example.org
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