2 years of #physiotalk!

This week it’s 2 years since we launched the physiotalk website, blog and tweetchats. This blog is a quick celebration, thank you and launch of our first video.

2 years oldWe’ve had a fantastic 2 years, and have been able to collaborate with so many people who are passionate about, and dedicated to, improving physiotherapy and healthcare – sharing knowledge, experience and perspectives through social media.

We’d like to thank everyone who has advised, supported, hosted and taken part in physiotalk over the past 2 years. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and support you’ve given us.

We’ve been honoured to work with colleagues from a range of organisations, including the Health and Care Professions Council, Parkinson’s UK, World Confederation for Physical Therapy, and the Department of Health; and also present at Physiotherapy UK.

We have also been lucky to be helped by 2 virtual interns over the past 6 months. Ellen (@physiohead) and Rory (@RoryTwogood) joined us as physiotherapy students earlier this year and have been able to help with organising and running tweet chats and other team activities.

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So what next?   

  1. Chats: we’re planning to carry on with fortnightly twitter chats on a range of topics – most of the areas we discuss are set by the #physiotalk community through offers to co-host. We are starting to book in some chats already for January and February, so get in touch if you would like to get involved.
  2. #GlobalPT: we’re keen to do more to support global twitter conversations and help the tweeting community realise the benefits of international connections, so we will be running some more international chats over the next few months.
  3. Impact: in the New Year we want to start thinking about how we capture the impact physiotalk has had so far, as well as what and how we could improve or do differently. We’ll be working on the over the next month or so and plan to post a survey early in 2016.
  4. Multi-professionalism: physiotherapists rarely work in silos so we will continue to team up with other tweetchat communities.
  5. Turning virtual connections into face-to-face: twitter offers us many opportunities to turn virtual connections into face-to-face collaboration, so we’re hoping to meet more of you at the 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy next November.

In the meantime here’s a video we’ve developed that we hope summarises what twitter in health is all about.

Thank you everyone,

Janet and Naomi (@JanetThomas47 & @NaomiMcVey).

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