CSP influences international physiotherapy practice in respiratory care

The Portuguese cardio respiratory physiotherapy community is sharing a CSP developed tool with its members after they translated it, demonstrating the international influence of UK physio resources.


Physios of the interest group in cardiorrespiratory physiotherapy of the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists translating the Inspire guideline in the city of Porto

The Inspire cardiorespiratory tool collates guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for all physios working with cardiorespiratory patients. Carley King, working as a CSP professional adviser, developed the tool as part of a NICE scholarship.

Cristina Jácome, a researcher and respiratory specialist physiotherapist of the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists, told Frontline she had found the resource through Google. ‘We wanted to improve the connection between cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and science in the hope of bringing more people into the specialism.

‘We are used to using NICE guidelines, but we found this CSP guideline more simple to follow so we requested if we could translate it for our members,’ she added.

Ms Jácome said the eager support from the CSP ‘made all the difference’ in being able to get the tool swiftly translated and disseminated to members last month.

The Portuguese cardiorespiratory physiotherapy network will seek feedback from members on the usefulness of the tool and whether translation will be necessary in the future, adding that sharing the work of different countries is ‘better for everyone’.

CSP head of practice and development Natalie Beswetherick, agreed: ‘This is fabulous. This demonstrates the international impact of our work.’


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