How to successfully submit an abstract #physiotalk 9th April

The tweetchat on Monday 9th April will be focussed on how to successfully submit and abstract – in time for #Physio18 but of course relevant to any other conference as well!

It will be at 8.30pm – we are testing a new time for chats!

Physiotherapy UK 2018 is the flagship scientific conference hosted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for those with an interest in physiotherapy and rehabilitation.


It is aimed at all sectors, settings, specialities and seniorities (including students and support workers) and is a fantastic opportunity to share, learn and network. The call for abstracts for the programme is now open and is an opportunity to share your innovation and achievement with the physiotherapy community.

Last year, roughly 40% of the programme was made up of abstracts and the CSP is keen to see even more abstracts included in future. Every abstract that is accepted is published in an online supplement of physiotherapy which is great for your CV.

The chat hosts  are all involved in organising Physiotherapy UK. Steve’s role is to lead the development of content for the #physio18 programme, including working with networks, theme convenors and other contributors. This year, that includes partnering with MACP in their 50th anniversary year, ACPIN, AGILE and ACPRC. Colette is the scientific lead for MACP and the musculoskeletal theme. Katie works on abstract submission and review

We are going to look at submitting abstracts to find out how everyone is getting on and to share information about the support on offer. Feedback on your experience of getting involved with Physiotherapy UK will be invaluable for improving the abstract submission process in the future. Of course the learning points around abstract submission are equally valid for other conferences and you can apply the learning from this chat to submitting to the WCPT 2019 conference in Geneva for example!

Questions to think about before the chat

Q1. Do you feel sharing your work at Physio UK is achievable?

Q2. What do you see as the barriers and enablers to writing an abstract?

Q3. What has helped you write abstracts and can you share any tips?

Q4. How do you know what to put in an abstract – and what to leave out?

Q5. How do you align your abstract to the conference themes.

Q6. What would help you write abstracts in future?


Pre-chat resources

Frontline articles on abstracts:

Physio UK website

Physio UK abstract submission page

CSP Submitting an abstract e bite

CAHPR top tips on getting an abstract accepted


Your chat hosts

Steve Tolan @tolanpt  has been at the CSP since 2011 and is now Head of Practice, leading the team of professional advisers in the practice team. His particular areas of professional interest are health informatics, quality improvement, commissioning policy and advocacy. He has been involved with #physio18 since the start of his CSP career and his ambition is to see the proportion of content representing free papers to increase continually year on year.

Dr Colette Ridehalgh @cr19Colette is a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton. She teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the physiotherapy programmes with a focus on musculoskeletal health and injury. Colette completed her PhD in 2014 and has continued to develop her research interests in the area of neuropathic pain and the assessment and management of people with these conditions.

Katie Prangle @katiePwork  works at the CSP as Council for AHP Research Support Officer. Katie runs the abstract submission and review processes for Physiotherapy UK every year and enjoys working to promote AHP research and supporting physiotherapists to showcase their work at a scientific conference. Katie has worked at the CSP for about four years and has a background in charity project monitoring and administration.


Missed it? The transcript from this chat is here

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