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

On Monday 31st October at 8pm UK time our #physiotalk tweetchat will taking place 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.

This tweetchat aims to bring together people attending the event and those who’ll be following the event on twitter (#ERWCPT2016). We’ll be discussing the role of networks in improving health and healthcare, and advancing physiotherapy practice and services.

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Questions to think about

  1. What networks are out there to support us in practice? What networks are you a member of?
  2. How have healthcare networks helped you personally and professionally? How have they helped your service and organisation?
  3. What do you think makes an effective network in physiotherapy and healthcare?
  4. How can networks to help us advance and improve physiotherapy in response to changing patient and system needs?
  5. How can events like #ERWCPT2016 contribute the growth and impact of physiotherapy networks?

About our hosts

Naomi McVey is a physiotherapist and leads the North West AHP Network as well as online networks #physiotalk and #WeAHPs. She completed NHS England’s network leadership programme in 2016.

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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.

Physiotalk has always taken the position that professional debate in a public space can be healthy – it allows us to discuss a range of areas of practice and service delivery with other professionals as well as patient representatives, ultimately helping us to go back to work and improve what we do.  But, what are the unwritten boundaries? At what point do online discussions share too much criticism? Can airing our professional dirty laundry so openly, and without some of the constraint of face-to-face discussions, harm our reputation and business, or that of others?

Social media guidance gives us some clear do’s and don’ts, but there are also some grey areas according to context, employer, and also personal preferences, expectations and values.  Professional debate, critical evaluation, conflicts of interest, swearing – these are areas where there can more nuance which requires us to think about our aims and values when using social media, as well as successful approaches to influencing behaviour change.

What grey areas do we need to explore more as a profession? Where do we need more guidance? What does professionalism on and offline look like? How do we engage in professional discussion online whilst being the best version of ourselves for patient as well as students?

Pre-chat reading

Questions to think about before the tweetchat:

  1. What does professionalism look and feel like in the face-to-face world? Does this differ online? How do our personal values influence our online behaviour?
  2. How do our online conversations and discussions influence how we are perceived the public and potential patients?
  3. In many countries and clinical areas other professions try to diminish what we do – does professional discourse on twitter help or hinder this? Do we need to be careful about how much we diminish our own profession in a public space?
  4. At what point does some online behaviour becomes a cause for regulatory concern?
  5. How do we build of culture of discussion and inclusivity, and engage in professional debate without mudslinging?
  6. How can we take individual and shared responsibility for shaping our digital maturity and leadership as a profession?

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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.

Pre-chat information

Questions to think about before the chat:

  1. What are the transferable skills we develop as physiotherapists that can take us into managerial and strategic roles?
  2. What new knowledge and skills can open different doors for us?
  3. As a profession do we value non-clinical skills and roles?
  4. How important is it that we maintain some clinical time?
  5. How can expanding our view of career development help us, our services and our profession?
  6. How can these roles help more physiotherapists reach board level roles in healthcare? Why is this important?

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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 including a transcript of the chat collected automatically by Continue Reading

Adding life to years: Using the evidence, sharing innovation #worldptday 8th September 8pm

It is World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September – and this year the theme is ‘Adding life to years’. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy has put together a whole toolkit of ideas and activities for physiotherapists to promote the work we do in healthy ageing.

As part of the range of activities for #worldptday Physiotalk have been asked to facilitate a tweetchat on #addlifetoyears supported by IPTOP (International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People) @IPTOPWCPT 


This will be a tweetchat with a difference as we span the time zones with 3 hour-long chats at a time to suit you! The chat will use the #worldptday hashtag throughout all time zones – remember to use it in all your chat tweets so that everyone can follow the chat. Continue Reading

#AHPsActive and the #WeActiveChallenge

AHPsActive collage2You may have noticed some tweets over the past week or so on #AHPsActive and the #WeActiveChallenge.  Organised by the WeCommunities, including @WeNurses and @WeAHPs, it’s a month-long social media campaign and competition focused on inspiring the healthcare and police workforce to take part in physical activity over August.

We’re supporting the @WeAHPs team by encouraging members of the Physiotalk community to get involved and support #AHPsActive. Continue Reading