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Benefits of South West membership:
- Open to all members in the region qualified, associates, students, retired members
- Opportunity to attend free networking and CPD events
- Your network is supported by a core group of members who organise the network activities, its forums and other events. It has an elected representative for the region who sits on the CSP Council and helps decide CSP policy by submitting motions to the Annual Representatives Council.
Angie Logan is the Chair of the network and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie qualified as physiotherapist in 2007 from Plymouth University. She completed her junior rotations in Portsmouth Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and in 2009 moved to Cornwall to take up a Specialist Physiotherapist post in the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit . In 2010 Angie began her MSc Neurological Rehabilitation, finishing in 2013. She secured funding from Health Education England to undertake a 12 month Clinical Academic Training Programme Internship in 2014, where she worked one day per week developing a proposal for the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.
In April 2016 she was awarded £267,000 for a three year Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake a clinical trial to determine the feasibility of a functional standing frame programme versus usual physiotherapy for people with severe stroke as part of their inpatient sub-acute stroke rehabilitation. Angie continues to work clinically as well as lead her research throughout Cornwall and Devon.
South West Regional Network core team Members
Christopher Martey, BSc (Hon), MSc, MCSP is a Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapist with Special Interest in Rheumatology and can be contacted viaTwitter: @ChrisMartey
Chris graduated from a pre-registration Physiotherapy Masters cohort before undertaking junior NHS Physiotherapy rotations. He later took up a Senior Physiotherapist post in a specialist Rheumatology setting at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath. Here, Chris honed his skills and found his love of Rheumatology.
Chris currently works as an Advanced Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) in primary care in the South West of England and has a passion for health advocacy, leadership and policy, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA, http://arma.uk.net/); an umbrella body bringing together patient organisations and professional bodies representing the breadth of musculoskeletal health.
Chris has maintained a specialist interest in Rheumatology, particularly Spondyloarthritis, and has presented nationally on this topic, as well as published in this field. Chris has been an elected Executive Committee member on the British Society for Spondyloarthritis (BRITSpA, https://britspa.co.uk/) since 2019; a charity dedicated to advancing knowledge and treatment of Spondyloarthritis. His research interests lie within the non-pharmacological management of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs).
Chris joined the South West Regional Network core team in 2019 and is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences among the Physiotherapy community, supporting current practice and career development, and networking with like-minded clinicians. When he’s not in work, Chris loves anything exercise-related; particularly weight training, distance running and road cycling.
Emilia Langley-Bunce is a physiotherapy student at University of the West of England and can be contacted via Twitter: @physioblooms
On my journey to the degree, I worked as a Physio assistant in Hydrotherapy to help rehabilitate those with acute and long term neurological conditions. We endeavoured to provide a safe space as well as utilising the wonderfully supportive nature of the warm water. I also worked in MSK with patients who had lower limb prehab/rehab needs such as Hip/Knee replacements, or arthritis. Helping them by using specific gym equipment to strengthen both their muscles and their resolve!
In my previous life I gained a degree in Animation with Advertising and then worked as a clerical assistant in a local council office as well as in various other volunteering roles. After taking the decision to lose weight, I lost 8.5 stone and fell in love with learning about how the body worked. Gaining qualifications in Personal Training and Sports Therapy, I felt the stars were aligning in the direction of Physiotherapy. I realised that becoming an advocate for getting active, self-efficacy and understanding how to meaningfully enable people was the only way I want to spend my life.
Throughout lockdown I stayed motivated by attending the weekly SW Peninsula meetings and reading the CSP magazine. Joining the core team has been a privileged step up in engagement for me, I want to contribute what I can and form a bridge between the working world and the student bubble!
James Armstrong is a physiotherapist working in the NHS currently undertaking rotation at University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust and can be contacted via Twitter: @physioarmstrong
James original graduated with a degree in biology in 2005, then embarking on a career in management and marketing. He then chose to change career at the age of 33, going back to study to become a Physiotherapist. James graduated with a Physiotherapy degree from the University of Plymouth and dived straight into his rotations in the middle of the pandemic in 2020. Since then, James has worked across general medicine, health care of the older adult, community hospital rehab as well as spending time supporting the Covid team during the peaks of the pandemic. James is currently enjoying his surgery and intensive care rotation. At present he is relishing the learning opportunities of the acute setting at Derriford hospital and particularly enjoys working in ICU.
James joined the South West CSP regional network team in 2020 to support the promotion of the profession and other Physiotherapists across the region.
In his spare time James has maintained strong links with current students and universities, offering support and guidance through his YouTube channel and social media, helping students negotiate the ups and downs of the Physiotherapy degree. James has covered many topics including placements, grades, textbook and has interviewed some big names all in aid of supporting students.
Outside of his NHS role James has a special interest in endurance sport and strength and conditioning. James is the head coach at Tavistock Athletic Club, supporting the coaching and competition of the senior athletes. He has completed several post graduate courses in assessment and treatment of endurance athletes and as a keen runner and endurance athlete himself he combines his love of sport with his passion for Physiotherapy to help injured endurance athletes get back to the sports they love.
As well as running James enjoys, cycling and kayaking around Devon and Cornwall and spending time with wife and border collie on Dartmoor where he lives.
The CSP SW Localism team
The CSP has a team of staff who work together to provide a breadth of services to local members covering: campaigning, clinical advice, influencing, employment relations, workplace issues and member engagement.
The team consists of:
CSP Professional Advisor
Jane Mitchell MSc MCSP, is the CSP Professional Adviser for South West England. Prior to this Jane was Co-Chair of
SWERN and the Professional Lead for Physiotherapy for the NHS in Cornwall with an integrated role covering both the Acute and Community Trusts. She has been a practicing Physiotherapist since qualifying in 1990 and has had a wide and diverse career involving senior roles in ITU, Trauma and Orthopaedics and ED as well as involvement in national and international sport. She was the Musculoskeletal Clinical Lead in Cornwall evolving the Musculoskeletal Interface Service from its outset whilst also practicing as an Advance Practice Physiotherapist for patients with hip and knee conditions. During this time Jane undertook an 18 month secondment within commissioning (2010) and led on the redesign of the musculoskeletal services in Cornwall. Jane has been a member of the South West Clinical Senate and was formerly a member of the Professional Executive Committee of the late Primary Care Trust within Cornwall. Her main roles within the CSP are concentrated on the South West, First Contact Physiotherapy implementation and the digital and data agenda in Physiotherapy. Jane can be contacted at email@example.com or via Twitter @Janeomit.
CSP Campaigns & Regional Engagement Officer
Mindy Dalloway supports the work of the South West regional network and local events as well as supporting members with campaigning and influencing, she can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter@CSPMindy
CSP Senior Negotiating Officer
James Allen is the CSP's Senior Negotiating Officer overseeing the local stewards and health & safety reps network and employment issues. James can be contacted at email@example.com
CSP Organising Officer
Iain Croker is the Organising Officer and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.