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.

This tweetchat aims to bring together people attending the event and those who’ll be following the event on twitter (#ERWCPT2016). We’ll be discussing the role of networks in improving health and healthcare, and advancing physiotherapy practice and services.

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Questions to think about

  1. What networks are out there to support us in practice? What networks are you a member of?
  2. How have healthcare networks helped you personally and professionally? How have they helped your service and organisation?
  3. What do you think makes an effective network in physiotherapy and healthcare?
  4. How can networks to help us advance and improve physiotherapy in response to changing patient and system needs?
  5. How can events like #ERWCPT2016 contribute the growth and impact of physiotherapy networks?

About our hosts

Ann Green is Chair of the organising committee for the conference. As chair and through partnership working Ann will aim to facilitate a successful conference that is inclusive of educators and practitioners, with an expectation that the conference serves to promote continuing collaboration between educators across Europe.

Ann is currently Head of Applied Sciences and Health at Coventry University. She recently became a Fellow of the CSP in recognition for her work in education, research and policy and is an active researcher with recent publications on the influence of postgraduate education on the careers of physiotherapists.

Carley King is a professional adviser for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Naomi McVey is a physiotherapist and leads the North West AHP Network as well as online networks #physiotalk and #WeAHPs. She completed NHS England’s network leadership programme in 2016.

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