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

We would now like to invite you to take part in Stage two of this study.

Stage two of the research

The second stage of the research will allow participants to more fully respond via Twitter, or by Direct messaging or Email if you wish your response to be seen only by the research team. This response will be your fuller personal response following the tweetchat about what taking part in a physiotherapy based tweetchat has meant for your practice and CPD. The researchers may also add supplementary questions following any insights gained from the first stage of the research. If you choose to respond in this manner, then as with stage one your consent to participate will be implied following receipt of your tweet, direct message or email.


For stage two, participants will be given a two week opportunity following the Stage one #physiotalk tweetchat to respond more fully, and in more than 140 characters if desired, to the same questions as posed during the chat, and any supplementary questions that have emerged following the tweetchat. These tweetchat questions were:

What does Physiotalk mean to you’

‘How do you use Physiotalk?’

‘What prompts you to participate in physiotalk activities?’

‘What affects your participation in physiotalk activities?’

Has taking part in Physiotalk impacted on or contributed to your CPD?’

Has taking part in Physiotalk impacted on your practice?’


Participants can respond via email to or via a direct message to @physiotalk. These options will be private and allow a fuller and more considered response to that which may have been tweeted during the chat. Participate may also response via Twitter using the usual #physiotalk hashtag if they wish, although these messages will be public.


Reminders to participate will be regularly tweeted during this two week period, with a reminder of the 6 questions plus any supplementary questions included in both embedded pictures in the tweets or GIFs of the pictures.


Am I eligible to take part?

You are eligible to participate in stage two of the research if you have had any interaction with a #physiotalk tweetchat; this includes posting a tweet during a chat, following during the chat, but not posting any tweets in response (‘lurking’) reading the transcript following the chat or reading the pre or post chat information on


What will be the benefit of taking part for me?

There will be no direct benefit from taking part in the research for participants. However, it will increase insights into accessible and effective methods of promoting and maintaining continuing professional development, with potential indirect benefits to patients and to professional morale.


Will my responses be private?

You can choose a method of response for stage two which allows your responses to remain private and only seen by the research team. These responses will be received via Email or Twitter (Direct messaging). The email account and Twitter account are password protected with only the research team having access. The content will be also stored on a password protected ‘One Drive’ site with only the researchers having access.

The research will be presented for publication to appropriate journals and professional conferences, but no participants will be identified in these publications.


Can I withdraw from the study?

Any participant can withdraw from the study at any time without any reason given. If you wish to remove your responses from the study analysis at any stage then you should email stating the method in which you have participated (your @twittername or email) and all your responses will be removed from the study and subsequent analysis. Your tweets will remain in the public domain unless you choose to delete your tweets.


Ethical approval

The study has received ethical approval from Queen Margaret University Ethics Committee

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.

Chat times

The first chat time will be at 8pm AEST (That’s local time in Sydney, Australia)

The second chat time will be at 8pm BST (That’s local time in London, UK)

The final chat will be at 8pm EDT (That’s local time in New York, USA)

Not sure what this means for where you live?  Don’t worry – take a look at this handy time zone calculator here. Just choose the chat time that suits you best wherever you are in the world and join in! We will be asking the same questions each chat so you won’t miss out whenever or wherever  you take part.

So – what will we be chatting about?

In 2015 the World Health Organisation published their ‘Report on Ageing and Health’ calling for comprehensive public health action on population ageing. On the launch day (1st October – the International Day of Older Persons) Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO said “Today, most people, even in the poorest countries, are living longer lives but this is not enough. We need to ensure these extra years are healthy, meaningful and dignified. Achieving this will not just be good for older people, it will be good for society as a whole.”

WCPT were represented during the development of the report by Stephen Lungaro-Mifsud, who says the world report’s positive emphasis on optimising functional ability and facilitating each individual’s relationship with the immediate environment is a welcome development. “Everything is linked,” he says. “Once adopted, this approach is expected to have wide-ranging beneficial effects on the ageing world, on the economy, on society, on the person. Physical therapy would be a significant contributor to those changes.”

This is a significant challenge, but one that physiotherapists are ideally placed to lead on. The WCPT says


  • Physical therapists help older people be independent, improving their quality of life and reducing health care costs.
  • Physical therapists address the non-communicable diseases which compromise independence in older age.
  • Structured and tailored exercise programmes are often essential to promote independence in older people.

The WHO report has some case studies to demonstrate good practice but we know there must be a lot of physiotherapists out there who are working in or developing innovative evidence based services that aim to promote healthy ageing and independence in older people. So often we hear how difficult it is for people to disseminate their ideas for good practice – now is your chance!

The themes we will be discussing during the chat will include:

  • What is the evidence based approach that has changed your practice the most – and why?
  • What key guidelines can you recommend to address non-communicable diseases by physical therapists?
  • How has your practice changed to respond to the ageing population?
  • How can we, as physiotherapists, respond to the WHO report?
  • What programs or developments should we be planning to address public health issues in ageing?
  • How can we achieve these within the resources available to us?

And the focus on older people will continue following #worldptday with #olderpersonsday on 1st October – time to ‘Take a stand against ageism’

Pre-chat information

Tweetchat support

This might be the first time you have taken part in a tweetchat – welcome! You might find it useful to have a look at these resources below.

#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

Technology in healthcare: innovation, acceptance and adoption #physiotalk 8 August 2016

Our tweetchat on Monday 8th August at 8pm UK time will be discussing technology in health and healthcare. We’ll be covering the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours we need to develop and evaluate new and existing technologies, and put them into routine use.

Technology and physiotherapy

apple-watch-right-handTechnology isn’t new to physiotherapy. Electrotherapy has been in use for years, but the pace of change for new devices to market mean that there is now far more choice of technology for healthcare professionals, patients and communities to use and improve health and healthcare.

The NHS is notoriously slow at putting proven technologies into practice, so how do we keep up with the pace of technological changes and make sure we are making the most of all that technology has to offer in improving clinical and cost effectiveness, as well as improving health, outcomes and patient experience? Continue Reading

#Physiotalk: Understanding the impact of participating in a social media community 22nd Aug

We are are planning a slightly different tweetchat for Monday 22nd August – at the usual time of 8pm BST. That’s because we are using this chat to start our research on the impact that Physiotalk has had on your CPD. We are primarily using Twitter via a tweetchat to undertake the research (of course!). If you take part in the chat on the 22nd August then you will have given implied consent to take part in our research. Because of this we are asking you all to read the research participant information that is below prior to the chat:


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, Reader at the university. Continue Reading

Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy: training, governance and impact #physiotalk 25 July 2016

On Monday 25th July at 8pm(BST) we’ll be discussing Advanced Practice in physiotherapy in a #physiotalk tweetchat.

Advanced practice enables physiotherapists to incorporate advanced level skills and knowledge within their physiotherapy practice. Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APPs) have the skills to address complex decision making processes and manage risk in unpredictable contexts. Physiotherapists incorporating advanced practice will have completed an advanced programme of studies and/or, are able to demonstrate the ability to work at an advanced/ Master’s level of practice’. CSP, 2016

APWorkforce shortages, financial pressures, changing patient needs, service and care pathway redesign and non-medical prescribing have led to an increased focus on Advanced Practice roles across professions and in a range of areas of care. This brings both opportunities and challenges for physiotherapy.

During our chat we’ll be discussing what Advanced Practice is, how it varies, opportunities, risks and impact. Although many Advanced Physiotherapy Practice roles can be found in MSK services a number can also be found in other areas of practice, so the chat will explore common themes as well those unique to different specialties. Continue Reading

Physiotherapists as leaders in physical activity #PEPA16 tweetchat 13 June 2016

We are delighted to be collaborating with @exerciseworks and @annalowephysio for our physiotalk tweetchat on Monday 13th June 2016 at 8pm UK time. We’ll be using the hashtag #PEPA16.

Physiotherapy, exercise and physical activity MOOC

BJSM NM 4On 4th July Physio-pedia and Exercise Works! are launching a Physiotherapy, Exercise and Physical Activity MOOC (#PEPA16). A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course; it is free and available globally. MOOCs offer a flexible CPD option; you can lurk quietly, dip in and out, or get stuck in, complete the activities, contribute to the discussions and evidence your CPD with a certificate of completion. The MOOC will be a global learning experience on a highly topical subject…and from the comfort of your own home! Continue Reading