Physiotherapy UK 2015

Today and tomorrow the Physiotherapy UK conference is taking place in Liverpool.  It has a packed schedule of presentations and plenty of research posters on display.  You can read the details on the website

At Mint we work with practitioners in private practice.  In the physiotherapy world this is the minority group whereas in the osteopathic and chiropractic worlds these are the majority.  Nevertheless it is good to get a broader picture and read and understand the concerns and issues that practitioners and professions are focussing on.

In this weeks blog I am just going to highlight a few papers that stood out to me with regard to profession and clinical compliance subjects from the conference but I recommend you have a look for yourself – there are a lot of papers on treatment modalities, conditions and care pathways.

  1. 1st line physiotherapy: an alternative to GP management, a solution to a national problem – Rob Goodwin – Poster

    This is an interesting paper looking at the provision of physiotherapy within GP practices in Nottingham so patients are able to go direct to physiotherapy and reduce the burden of musculoskeletal consultations for the GPs.  This is an excellent model and one that many practitioners in private practice have dreamed of.  From a practitioner perspective many of us practice privately because we want people to access treatment as soon as possible and would love people to be able to access immediate treatment on the NHS.  The poster states that data collection and reporting will be complete by May 2015 so it will be interesting to read the outcomes – I couldn’t find any further published evidence today.

  2. Researching words doing deeds: using discourse analysis and discursive psychology to study and understand clinical practice – Dr Carol McCrum – Poster

This poster highlights the fact that treatment is not just what we do with our hands but our words are just as important and this should be incorporated into research.  Here are the conclusions:

“Discursive Psychology provides a valuable addition to the perspectives and approaches we can take in physiotherapy research. It expands the kinds of questions we can answer and the knowledge our research can contribute to advancing the profession and enhancing care. Studying interactions is one important direction to advance understandings of what we do and how we could improve the way we go about it. A growing body of research shows how Discursive Psychology brings the capability of significantly extending physiotherapy knowledge, explaining challenges, enhancing care, and advancing professional practice and education.”

3. Here are some of the presentation titles that looked interesting – just a few details available on website:

Physiotherapy opportunities in primary care – Nicola Jones

Futureproofing Physiotherapy; Equipping the future workforce to meet the needs of a changing population – Anna Lowe

Positive Professional Identity – Nina White

Leading real change from the front line – what can you do to make a difference for your patients? – Steve Fairman

Sucking out the fear from the NHS, and stuffing back the fun – Dr Phil Hammond

Looks like lots of excellent CPD, not sure how delegates will choose where to go! – if you are not able to attend, like me, then follow the feed on twitter #physio15


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