Support workers: Unregistered NOT unqualified #physiotalk Mon 28th Feb

The next #physiotalk tweetchat is on Monday 28th February 2022 at 8pm GMT. It is being led by a group of passionate physiotherapy support workers @chris_richards2 @gvhawtin @LorraineAllchu2 and @SherylB76 They aim to discuss the role of the support worker and their values. They would like to know in what ways are support workers supported? And what learning opportunities are available? What development opportunities are available and what can we hope to see in the future?


Associates – support workers hub

Support Worker Reference Group

National webinars on the physio support workforce

Thinking differently about support workers

Chat questions

Question 1. What is your role – as a support worker or as another member of the physiotherapy team?

Question 2. In your area what educational opportunities are available to help develop support workers. Is this something you’re involved with?

Question 3. Do you utilise other exercise qualifications gained by support workers?

Question 4. Do you feel there are any barriers for progression of support workers?

Question 5. Should support workers be a formal part of a students education?

Question 6. Should there be a formal leadership program for support workers in all trusts

Chat hosts

Your chat hosts are:

Chris Richards – Therapy assistant practitioner in prostate cancer prehab and Community Physiotherapy at Hywel Dda university heath Board. Member of the CSP Support worker reference group (SWRG)

Lorraine Allchurch – Lead AHP Support worker at the Dudley group NHS foundation trust. Co chair of the CSP West Midlands Regional Network and on CSP ARC Agenda Committee

Gemma Hawtin – Children’s Physiotherapy Assistant at Leeds Community healthcare NHS Trust. West Yorkshire AHP Faculty Support Worker Sub Group. AHPQI for Y&NE

Sheryl Barnett – Senior Physiotherapy technician working within an integrated team at Caerphilly Resource team (CRT) CBC & ABUHB. Chair (interim) for CSP Wales RN and CSP Associate representative for Wales

Missed the chat?

Then catch up with the transcript here

1 Comment

  1. Hi I’m Andy, a B4 therapy assistant practitioner on a covid rehab team. This is an important topic so looking forward to the tweetchat.

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