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HeartUnions puts new blood into CSP recruitment

At Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospital during February’s HeartUnions week, we spoke about the CSP to colleagues and recruited a member to be a ‘workplace contact’ for the society. 

Moreover, others are interested in doing this new role, which involves working alongside stewards and safety reps to widen the local CSP team. We also identified physiotherapy assistants who are not yet part of any union and now plan to join the CSP. Having a week dedicated to unions, encouraged us to go out, speak to members and raise the profile of the CSP in our trust. 

  • Alexandra Spearritt, CSP regional steward for Cheshire, Mersey and Isle of Man, Aintree University Hospital

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Opportunity knocks for support workers

We are seeking expressions of interest for the next four cohorts of the higher development award for support workers. 

This is a personal development programme that has been successfully running in north west London for the past two years. It enables support workers to progress their career, or remain in their roles and do the best they can.

Thanks to Health Education England, who have continued to fund this very popular course. Also to Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and London North West Healthcare Trust who are hosting the programme. 

Please send your expressions of interest in the programme by emailing

  • Dawn Grant, project manager for support worker development, Health Education England

We are what we eat

It’s generally understood that the food we eat, how little or how much, is a contributory factor in maintaining good health. Yet the sad fact is that many in our own communities regularly go without sufficient food to sustain good health. 

The Scottish government aims to transform the food system to make access to good, nutritious food a reality for all and for Scotland to become a ‘Good Food Nation’. To facilitate an open and effective transformation of the Scottish food system, the government has opened a public consultation entitled Good Food Nation: proposals for legalisation.

This is a unique opportunity for physiotherapists, AHPs and medical colleagues, along with organisations and individuals from across Scotland, to have a say in how the country’s food system needs to change. 

Responses to this government consultation can be made here.  Paper responses can be sent to Good Food Nation, Scottish Government, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh EH11 3XD.

  • Katharine Kilgour MCSP Good Food Nation ambassador

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