MACP launches new 'fast-track' membership

The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) has gained its first graduate in the accelerated portfolio pathway to full MACP membership.

Andrew Cuff, the first MACP accelerated pathway graduate
First MACP 'fast-track' graduate Andrew Cuff

The accelerated pathway, which costs £860, involves submission of a portfolio of evidence benchmarked against the International Federation of Manipulative Physiotherapists (IFOMPT) standards that is a requirement of MACP full membership. Completion is via self-directed mapping with support from MACP, meeting criteria published on the MACP webpage.

The accelerated pathway, which has just been launched alongside the standard pathway as part of the portfolio route to full MACP membership, recognises consultant level practice, postgraduate education at doctoral level and notable contributions to advancing musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Applicants to the accelerated pathway submit a streamlined portfolio and undertake a viva as an alternative to completing a certified taught programme.

It provides a benchmark standard for safety and drives continuous improvement, while giving physiotherapists additional momentum in their role. Resulting innovations will help to improve quality standards within the wider workforce.

Neil Langridge, chair of the MACP education committee and president of the advanced practice physiotherapy network, said: ‘As an organisation we are looking at as many ways to support the MSK community in advancing their practice, exchanging ideas and opening up across the broad spectrum of care to ultimately improve patient care. We are very excited about the portfolio route, and what it can offer clinicians.’

Andrew Cuff, consultant physiotherapist and head of MSK at Connect Health, was the first to complete the accelerated route, which took him four months. ‘I completed my master’s degree 10 years ago and have been working as a consultant for two-and-a-half years,’ he said.

I feel honoured to have received external validation that recognises my capability to work at a consultant level of practice.

‘I am very proud to be the first physiotherapist to not only submit a consultant-level portfolio for external scrutiny but also to join the MACP via a portfolio route, reflecting an exciting step change for the MACP.

‘It’s been a rewarding experience and energising to reflect upon my career, experience and development to date.’


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