Leadership key to future of physiotherapy

Initiatives to develop leaders will be explored as part of the education and leadership programme at Congress. Matthew Limb reports.

Education is the building block for physiotherapy and leadership is integral to the way we see the profession developing. So says Kirsty Hyndes, vice chair of the CSP’s learning and development committee and associate professor in physiotherapy education at the University of Nottingham. Ms Hyndes has put together the education and leadership theme for this year’s CSP Congress. She says it will address a number of key themes and highlight initiatives to develop leaders, an issue reflected in the CSP’s Charting the Future project.

A changing picture

‘I wanted to let the wider audience know what is happening in education and show that we are not standing still. ‘We’ve got people from higher education talking about leadership but also people from clinical practice, so hopefully we’ll meld them together and show a synthesis.’ There are a number of speakers from Nottingham University. Graeme Currie, from the university’s business school, is expected to talk about leadership in clinical education. Reg Dennick, assistant director of medical education, will give his views on the future of medical education generally.

Peer coaching

Roger Kerry, who lectures in physiotherapy education, will outline findings from a project on ‘peer coaching’. Ms Hyndes explains: ‘Peer coaching is where you place students in small learning sets and give them a task to do. They have to teach each other and they’re assessed together. It’s therefore in their interest to make sure they all have that knowledge and understanding because their learning set is given a mark and if one of them is poor, it brings the mark down.’ Another presentation will review developments in electronic learning and the evaluation of an e-learning tool.

An ‘emerging leader’

Claire Marshall, who is head of physiotherapy services at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals foundation trust, will explain her role as an ‘emerging NHS leader’ with the new National Leadership Council. Ms Marshall is working to develop leaders across healthcare with other clinicians, regulators and managers. Advocacy in Action, an organisation set up to support service users and carers will present their thoughts on how to involve these groups in the assessment of physiotherapy students.

The global perspective

International issues will also come under discussion as part of the programme, with presentations exploring the theme of ‘globalisation’ in physiotherapy. Ms Hyndes says: ‘This is looking at how we might go about creating vibrant and multicultural environments within physiotherapy programmes of education in the UK. So courses that enhance the employability of students of all nationalities through work placements abroad. ‘The thing we want to do is debate the way forward for physiotherapy education and developing the curriculum.’ UK physiotherapist Clare Farrance will talk about her work developing physiotherapy education in Iraq. Book your place at www.cspcongress.co.uk
Matthew Limb

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