South West English Regional Network: who gives a physio! #physiotalk 26th March

You’re stressed.

Too much work.

The CSP wants to communicate with you. 

Tell us how?

This chat on Monday 26th March is hosted by the CSP South West Regional network @cspsouthwest  but they would like to invite anyone to join in – all views welcomed as the issues will be similar wherever you work!

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have 10 English regional networks for all members in England. Members can be qualified, associates, students and retired. Your network is supported by a core group of members who volunteer their time to organise the network activities, its forums and other events. Regional networks organise regional forums for all members four times a year.

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The aims of the South West regional network are:

  • Working with local members or activists to promote and champion campaigns which are being led from central CSP e.g. First Contact Physio Practitioners, Rehab Matters, Older Persons Day
  • Act as a forum for networking and discussion to promote and drive the profession forward representing the interests of regional members
  • To shape and relay CSP policy acting as a voice for South West members
  • Recognise and promote local successes and innovations, sharing new and evidence based clinical and cost effective Physiotherapy practice to transform, empower and influence the Profession.

The South West English Regional Network (SWERN) covers: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Dorset and Gloucestershire & Wiltshire. This Tweet chat will provide the opportunity to connect with a large number of our CSP SWERN members. We recognise that, whilst the majority of clinicians are under extreme pressure and resilience is low, there is little time for professional development within the clinical day. Clinicians are having to prioritise their clinical CPD over engaging with wider professional issues. During the Tweetchat we would like to discuss what the SWERN is and how we can work together with members to drive the profession forward.

To consider ahead of the chat:

  • Give us a Trip Advisor style report on any engagement that you have had with the SWERN.
  • We need member engagement – be brave! What can you do to transform, empower and influence?
  • What are you professionally proud of and how do we raise its profile from the South West?

Pre-chat information:

Information about the South west Regional Network

For any participants who haven’t taken part in a chat before then SWERN suggest to have a look at the following Physiotalk resources

How to take part in a tweetchat

How to keep up with a tweetchat

Tweeting with professionalism



Missed the chat – here’s the transcript

Your hosts

Angie Logan: Co-Chair South West English Regional Network. I am a Chartered Physiotherapist, nearly 11 qualified, working for Cornwall Foundation Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Plymouth University. I am a specialist in stroke and am over half way through a three-year Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research. I am leading my research in stroke rehabilitation called SPIRES (Standing Practice In Rehabilitation Early after Stroke) which is being delivered in Devon and Cornwall

( I am incredibly passionate about our profession and advocate research and evidence-based practice to optimise patient-benefit and keep our profession moving forward.

Jane Mitchell: Co-Chair South West English Regional Network. Jane is the Professional Lead for Physiotherapy for the NHS in Cornwall with an integrated role covering both the Acute and Community Trusts. She has been a practicing Physiotherapist since qualifying in 1990 and has had a wide and diverse career involving senior roles in ITU, Trauma and Orthopaedics and ED as well as involvement in national and international sport. In more recent years she has been the Musculoskeletal Clinical Lead in Cornwall evolving the Musculoskeletal Interface Service from its beginnings to the successful Service that it is today whilst also practicing as an Advance Practice Physiotherapist for patients with hip and knee conditions. She is enjoying her fairly new Professional Lead role and is getting to know all of the Physiotherapists and their specialities within Cornwall. Jane is reinvigorated in her passion for the Physiotherapy profession and would like as many Physiotherapists from all walks of life to engage and help shape the way ahead for Physiotherapy in the land of opportunity that we are currently in! We are hosting the Tweet Chat in our role as co-chair for the CSP South West English Regional Network. The SWERN is there to support you and promote our profession. How can we best support you?

Heather Hunter: Heather Hunter is currently associate Professor and Academic Lead for the Physiotherapy programme at Plymouth University and is currently undertaking a PhD part time. Prior to starting in academia in 2004 Heather worked in a variety of clinical areas including care of elderly, neurological rehabilitation and latterly in the community. She has been involved in the Southwest Regional Network since 2010 as a member, chair of the region and then the elected representative to Council where she was elected as Chair of the English Regional Networks. Over the 4 years of her term of office there has been a significant change in the society’s way of working and the CSP council undertook its Governance review which led to the transition to the new council format whereby the 12 best leaders of the profession will be responsible for the strategic direction of the society.


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