Influencing and engaging with @theCSP #physiotalk 11 January 2016

For our first #physiotalk tweetchat of 2016 we’re delighted to be joined by Catherine Pope, @Cat_Pope_CSP, the Chair of Council for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) . On Monday 11th January 2016 at 8pmGMT we’ll be discussing how CSP members can influence and engage with the society.

CSP Council

Bedford Row2The CSP is a member-led organisation – but what does that mean and how effectively does that work in practice?

CSP has many committees, networks and forums through which its membership influence and prioritise what the CSP as an organisation does in its dual roles as a professional body and Trade Union. It is led by an elected Council of 26 who develop the strategic plan, agree policy and receive assurance that members’ subscriptions are used appropriately. Council hold the organisation to account on behalf of members through the Chief Executive Karen Middleton. Although Karen is a physiotherapist, her primary role is to manage the organisation; the Chair of Council is the elected leader of the profession.

There are many opportunities to get involved – face to face or virtual, regional, national and UK-wide – but a very small percentage of our 54,000 members actually do so on a regular basis. This may reflect that members are happy with the performance of the CSP; over 90% of registered physiotherapists are members and it gets consistently high approval ratings in the members’ annual survey. Or it may be that many members would like to be more involved but the existing mechanisms are too time consuming, complicated, unproductive etc.

During this chat we’ll be exploring this, and discussing how you can influence and engage with CSP and its Council, and ultimately influence the work of the society.

Catherine will be joining the chat, and listening to your views, and a summary and transcript of the chat will be presented to Council at the next meeting in March. This is an excellent opportunity to influence the work of the CSP through social media, something many physiotherapists on twitter are keen to do.

Pre-chat questions

Some questions to think about before that chat:

  • What do you think being a member-led organisation means?
  • Should it be an expectation of professionals to be active?
  • Are you, or have you been an active CSP member, and if so what was your experience?
  • What could the CSP do to make it easier and more attractive for members to be more active?
  • What do you understand about CSP Council, and what would you like to know more about?
  • How would you like to receive updates from CSP Council?

About our host Catherine Pope @cat_pope_CSP:

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985 and have a long history of active involvement with the CSP, starting as a branch committee member, involvement in clinical and professional networks, and most recently as a Council member, of which I am now Chair. I’m also married to a previous Chair of Council. I do realise these demonstrate neither a normal or even necessarily healthy amount of engagement with a professional organisation! However I am fully committed to the CSP as a member-led organisation and as Chair my aim is to inspire and enable more members to actively engage so that the policies and strategic direction of the profession accurately reflect both the reality and the aspirations of practicing members.

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