World Physical Therapy Day #physiotalk 8 Sept 2014 8pm BST

The 8th September is World Physical Therapy Day, and as part of our contribution to the day we are planning a Tweetchat to coincide with the day. It will be at 8pm BST but we hope that physiotherapists across time zones will join us for the chat. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) says that The day is an opportunity for physical therapists  from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

WCPT day logoThe theme of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day is “Fit to take part”, emphasising physiotherapists’ (see note below) role in helping people with long-term illnesses or disabilities become independent and fulfil their potential. We would encourage all physiotherapists to consider taking part in the day – there are ideas and a toolkit available to download from the WCPT website – you may like to consider adding a Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile!

@tracyjbury and @ekstokes have been helping Physiotalk to prepare the pre-chat information (and the ‘Who to follow list) – as the Director Professional Policy and the Vice President of the WCPT respectively we have valued their support and contributions and look forwards to their insights during the tweetchat. Tracy Bury is a physiotherapist by background and has 20 years of working in professional associations both nationally and internationally. In her role as Director of Professional Policy at WCPT she has responsibility for policy development and implementation covering practice, education, professional and social issues. Emma Stokes is an associate professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin and VP of WCPT.

By the time this Tweetchat is scheduled many physiotherapists around the globe will have already participated with themed activities – so this chat will have a wider perspective looking at awareness raising of our profession in general.

WCPT is made up of member organisations from around the world and as we move towards the next WCPT congress in Singapore in 2015  it may be timely to reflect on the issues that affect all physiotherapists in how we promote our profession.

WCPT acts in several key areas including:

All of these areas are pertinent to every practising physiotherapist, but of course individuals may have one or more areas that concern them more depending on specifics such as workplace and an individual’s role and interests.

The areas we plan to focus on during the Tweetchat include:

  • Ways in which physiotherapists can be activists/advocates of the profession
  • The role of membership organisations regionally, nationally and internationally and ways to get involved
  • Resources and tools to help, including campaigns and social media

For obvious reasons, we at Physiotalk think that the use of social media is a key way of spreading the message – both about specific campaigns such as #worldptday and generally about all aspects of physiotherapy.

In preparation for this chat we have prepared an international ‘Who to follow’ on physiotherapy organisations.  We would welcome suggestions as we can then add to this list in the run up to the chat and of course post chat as well

Post chat information

Thanks to all who took part in this special #physiotalk to support #worldPTday – it was great to see so many taking part from across the WCPT regions.

It was a really busy chat – at the last count there were

1,311,277 impressions

780 tweets

111 participants

All of whom were passionate advocates for their profession – on Social media and beyond.

If you missed the chat – or missed bits of it as the tweets were flying by at times, then you can see the transcript here


Note: Physical therapists have different titles in different countries: in many countries they are called physiotherapists. Some countries have their own version of the word physical therapist, such as kinesiologist. They are all part of the same profession. More about titlesused by physiotherapists worldwide can be found here.


  1. Hello. My name is Bakare Ummukulthoum from Lagos, Nigeria. I am the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy. You can add to the chat list @nigeriaphysio which is our official handle as well as @IntFSPT which is the WCPT Subgroup for Sports Physiotherapy.

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