Editor's comment: What kind of learner are you?

How do you keep yourself up-to-date and well-informed about clinical and professional issues in physiotherapy?

Are you someone who prefers reading around a subject? Or talking to your peers and exchanging ideas verbally? Perhaps listening to podcasts is for you, or engaging with online training resources? 
Another way is attending conferences and networking or training events. Last week’s congress of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (ER -WCPT) was one such learning opportunity. 
Our reports from the event (pages 14-17) give a flavour of the main sessions. What they don’t capture are the informal conversations, the networking and new friendships made. That’s something you don’t normally get interacting with an online training module!
One session – where delegates debated whether there was still a place for a ‘real’ conference in this digital age – reminded me that informal discussions can be as valuable as attending the more formal presentations.
Of course conferences eat into your work (and personal) time. They also cost money. But mingling with like-minded, inspirational people can be an energising and learning experience in itself. 
If you can, do come to next year’s Physiotherapy UK event in Birmingham, from 10-11 November.
  • Lynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications eatonl@csp.org.uk
Lynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications

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