No decision about me without me: consent and shared decision-making #physiotalk 23 January 2017

v2Patients should be at the heart of everything we do as physiotherapists, involving people fully in their own healthcare and making sure that decisions are made in partnership: “no decision about me, without me”.

For our second tweetchat of 2017, on Monday 23rd January at 8pm UK time, we’ll be discussing patient centred-care through informed consent and shared decision making. Continue Reading

Apprenticeships: a new era for the profession? #Physiotalk 9 January 2017

apprentice2Proposals for new apprenticeships in healthcare have generated significant discussion on twitter over the past few weeks, particularly related to the consultation in December on proposals to develop an apprenticeship standard for pre-registration physiotherapy.

For our first physiotalk on 2017 on Monday 9 January at 8pm UK time we’ll be discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with modern apprenticeships and the physiotherapy and wider healthcare workforce of now and the future. Continue Reading

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