The CSP's leadership team have made the decision to cancel this year’s planned Physiotherapy UK (PUK) conference.
The conference, which was anticipated to have taken place in November, has been cancelled as the CSP’s leadership team has considered the potential impact of Covid-19 and concluded it is untenable to run a large, in-person event later this year.
The decision was taken while also being mindful of there being a high risk of a further increase in working pressure as autumn arrives, potentially lasting throughout winter, too.
Physiotherapy UK has run virtually in both 2020 and 2021, with members expressing a clear preference for an in-person event for 2022. Planning until this point has been made with PUK taking this format.
While there is the possibility of a more stable situation with regards to both Covid-19 and other pressures from spring 2023, the conference will not be rescheduled due to the potential to clash with the World Physiotherapy Congress and other events.
The CSP is now reviewing how best to take research into practice and to explore how we can maximise participation in CSP events. We have yet to decide the scope or timescale for that work, but we will of course seek the views and experience of CSP members and staff throughout the review.
Speaking about the decision to cancel PUK, professor Karen Middleton, chief executive of the CSP, said: ‘I know that many members will feel disappointed by our decision, but my hope is that the review will ensure we deliver content our members need and want in a way that engages more members, having learnt so much from the last two years of different ways of working for us all.’
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