Implementing NICE low back pain guidance #physiotalk 12 December 2016

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????On Monday 12th December at 8pm UK time we’ll be holding our last physiotalk tweetchat of the year.

Last week saw NICE publish updated guidance on the management of low back pain: Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management. Changes in recommendations have generated significant discussion on twitter, and as often the case with NICE there have been questions about the process the institute uses to produce guidance, as well as whose responsibility it is to implement the recommendations.

We’ll be discussing ‘what next’ – including approaches to implementing the guidance, and how services can use the guidance to review and improve services at a local level. Continue Reading

Practice-based learning: Adding value to practice #physiotalk 28th Nov

 This chat will be on Monday 28th November at 8pm GMT and the guests host will be @gwyn_owen

Practice-based learning (PrBL) is a vital component of qualifying physiotherapy education, and a responsibility of all CSP members. It is a dynamic process of learning in practice that contributes to physiotherapy students becoming safe, competent and autonomous practitioners who are able to respond to changing population, patient, service and workforce needs and who understand the professionalism, responsibilities and accountability involved in being registered healthcare practitioners.

The CSP has identified a significant shortfall in the number of physiotherapists at a time when capacity to support and develop PrBL may be compromised by changes to education and student funding (England), an increase in commissioned physiotherapy student numbers (Wales), and pressures for healthcare services to evidence their productivity, impact and value (UK-wide). These developments have highlighted the importance of adopting a renewed and refreshed focus on PrBL to ensure that the supply of physiotherapists can continue to keep pace with demand. Failure to increase capacity risks compromising the profession’s ability to address current workforce shortfalls and its responsiveness to changing patient and service needs. Continue Reading

Global networks: advancing physiotherapy around the world #ERWCPT2016 tweetchat 31 October 2016

On Monday 31st October at 8pm UK time our #physiotalk tweetchat will joining with @ERWCPT and @AGreenCovPhysio ahead of #ERWCPT2016 to discuss how professional networks in healthcare, particularly international networks, can help us in advancing physiotherapy.

Networks in health and care

Network wheel.pngNetworks help us to share learning, innovation and best practice with other people, and have an important role in improving healthcare. They can also make a real difference to patient experience and outcomes. The rapid growth of social media means that digital networks also have a part to play in this – the use of the #globalPT hashtag since the 2015 congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy is just one example.

In less than 4 weeks hundreds of physiotherapists from Europe and beyond will meet in Liverpool for 2 days for the 4th European congress for the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Focusing on ‘Advancing physiotherapy: demonstrating value and impact’ this is an important opportunity for us to share and learn from best practice around the world, for established networks to meet and new ones develop. Continue Reading

Blue sky thinking – admissions, discharges & winter pressures #physiotalk Monday 3rd October

winterThe nights are drawing in, temperature dropping and leaves are turning colour: autumn is arriving here in the UK. For the NHS that means one thing on the horizon: winter pressures.

Demand and pressures have been building on emergency care and inpatient departments for a number of years, and increases significantly over winter because of a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital. Caused by a number of factors, particularly the impact of cold weather on people’s health, including young children, older people and those with long term respiratory conditions, it is compounded by delayed transfers of care back. Continue Reading

50 shades of grey: professionalism and social media #physiotalk 17 October 2016

“It’s not that we can’t disagree, but do we have to kill each other doing it?” Emma Stokes

greyOn Monday 17th October at 8pm UK time physiotalk’s Naomi and Janet be tweetchating with @ekstokes on digital professionalism, focusing particularly on critical debate and discussion in public online spaces.

Using social media as a healthcare professional has come a long way over the past 5 years. Gone are the days of ‘don’t do it’, and we’re now in a more permissive phase, with thriving online communities and guidance on how to do it professionally and do it well.

As increasing numbers of physiotherapists, students, healthcare professionals and members of the public join our online communities and conversations we need to take shared responsibility in shaping our digital maturity as a profession, and think about the online values and culture we want as a community. Continue Reading

Opening doors to different roles: non-clinical careers #physiotalk 19 September 2016

opening-doorsOn Monday 19th September at 8pm UK time we’ll be tweetchatting about different career pathways for physiotherapists, focusing on non-clinical roles and development.

There’s been some interesting discussion on and offline recently about the different career pathways physiotherapists can take.  Service management, lecturing, quality improvement, commissioning, project and programme management and more – our transferable skills, and new ones, can take us into a range of roles and sectors. And yet our nursing colleagues are often more confident in taking these opportunities. Continue Reading

Stage two of our #physiotalk research study – respond by 5th September

Invitation to take part in Stage two of the research project.

Physiotalk (who are Naomi McVey, Janet Thomas and Rory Twogood) would like to invite you to take part in a research study called ‘Physiotalk – Understanding the impact of participating in a social media community’. Physiotalk tweetchats have been running for over 2 years and it is important to evaluate what the impact in taking part in chats has been for people who have participated. We are collaborating with Queen Margaret University in this research, with advice on research design, analysis and interpretation from Dr. Cathy Bulley, Senior Lecturer at the university.

Stage one of the study took place on 22nd August with a tweetchat using #physiotalk using the questions shown in our webpage.  Full information about stage one of the research is on www.physiotalk.co.uk including a transcript of the chat collected automatically by www.symplur.com. Continue Reading