Each year, a team of CSP student members attend Physiotherapy UK as volunteers to support delegates and speakers. With 2020's conference moving from Birmingham to a virtual venue, student volunteers have never been more important to the UK's biggest physiotherapy conference.
Physiotherapy UK will be taking place in a virtual world on 13-14 November. Using avatar-based interaction, vPUK (as it is now known) aims to replicate the Birmingham-based conference. This includes a team of virtual volunteers controlled by CSP student members from across the UK.
During October, a team of over 70 student members created their avatars and received volunteer training within the vPUK app. They are now ready and waiting for mid-November to assist delegates with technical issues, support speakers in sessions and record presentations for later viewing.
Though the volunteer tasks have changed, many features of the face-to-face conference have been retained, with auditoriums to watch presenters, areas to sit and talk, and an exhibition hall to explore and browse posters. Though, there are a few features that not even Birmingham could offer. As volunteer Thomas previewed online, vPUK has a beach!
I'm excited to see how this year's conference is being ran and how it's been adapted due to current restrictions. The conference is such a valuable opportunity to network. To listen to and meet so many inspirational physiotherapists and clinicians gets me so excited about the profession I'm studying to be a part of.
Like previous years, student members will also be attending as delegates to harness those networking opportunities, broaden horizons and build CPD portfolios . If you would like to attend, book soon (for just £49) to avoid disappointment.
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Thank you to James Hallam, this year's sponsors of the student stand and student poster awards.
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