Band 5 rotations –are acute the best and only way? #Physiotalk 11th Nov

The chat on 11th November is being hosted by members of the South West English Regional Network and they write:

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Regional networks organise regional forums for all members four times a year.

The South West English Regional Network (SWERN) covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Dorset and Gloucestershire & Wiltshire and the aims 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.


This Physiotalk intends to open up a healthy debate within the professional community about whether band 5 rotations need to change and, if so, how they should change to better equip the workforce for the future of the profession – regardless of clinical specialisms.  We hope you will join us for what promises to be a lively and stimulating debate! Just tweet using #Physiotalk from 8:30pm on Monday 11 November to participate. Look out for latest tweets on the topic and how to get involved via the South West Twitter profile @CSPSouthWest

Questions to consider

1) What valuable experiences can band 5 community rotations give you?

2) Is it appropriate to demand rotations such as acute respiratory, whilst respiratory can be gained from both community and acute settings?

3) What are the barriers to being satisfied with rotations in the community?

4) Do you feel band 5 community rotations limits opportunity for band 6 roles?

5) Is there as much CPD and supervisional support opportunities for band 5s in the community versus acute?

6) What are the challenges to your professional identity in the community?

Your chat hosts

Alec Rickard: Core team member of South West English Regional Network. I am currently the programme lead for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree programme at the University of Plymouth, where I have been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and other activities including supporting students on placement. Having graduated in 1997, I have previously worked in various positions as a physiotherapist in the NHS, specialising in the management of chronic pain and developing an Extended Scope Practitioner role within a local Pain Clinic.

James Armstrong: Third year physiotherapy student at the University of Plymouth, who is passionate about learning and the profession. Works as a physio assistant when can and a former chair of South West and Wales CSP Students meetings

Missed the chat?

Catch up with the transcript here

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