Person-centred practice: what is it, and do we do it? #WeMDT Thu 16th Feb

We are holding a joint @physiotalk and @WeNurses tweet chat on Thursday 16th Feb at 8pm GMT – note change of day from the usual physiotalk chat! We will be using a #WeMDT hashtag for the chat.

Internationally there is increasing evidence, motivation, and policy drivers in relation to placing person-centred care at the centre of practice. There is ongoing research and debate focusing on what this means in different contexts and what the challenges are to engaging in person-centred practice. Continue Reading

Exciting times #physiotalk- getting that first physio job! Mon 4th April 8pm BST

It is that exciting time of the year when many soon to be physiotherapists, OTs and other AHPs consider looking for their first qualified posts after finishing University. For this #physiotalk on Monday 4th April (8pm BST) @therapyad are teaming up with us and #AHPCareers fair to discuss thoughts and options on applying for jobs. We are keen to hear your thoughts on applying for posts and whether you are looking for the more traditional rotational posts, a fixed post or another newer model of working for a new graduate?

We have looked at similar topics in the past around this time of year ( 2015 and 2014 (which has quite a few resources to look at)) but as the jobs market develops with new models of working we felt it was appropriate to look at this topic again for all you final year students, new graduates and of course more experienced staff, who may well be doing the recruiting and interviewing – what are you looking for in a new graduate? Continue Reading

HCPC renewals: Getting on top of CPD #physiotalk 7th March 2016

Those of you with long memories may remember that one of the first chats we did back in 2014 was around your CPD and HCPC renewals. Well the time for renewal and audit has come round again and we felt it was well worth revisiting the topic.

So the first question is – was it you! When you saw two envelopes on your mat instead of just one – what were your thoughts? Were you confident in meeting the standards or did the process of writing about your CPD fill you with dread? Continue Reading

Discharge planning #physiotalk 25th Jan with @Nik_Physio

The RCN Discharge planning guide (2010) state that ‘Care transfer is an essential part of care management in any setting and it bestows responsibilities on organisations, systems and individuals. Smooth and effective care transfer ensures that health and social care systems are proactive in supporting individuals, their families and carers. It also ensures that resources are used effectively. Timely care transfer requires clinicians and others to plan, inform and negotiate to ensure a smooth transition for individuals and their families. Underpinning this is the need for early identification of discharge/transfer dates including pre-admission planning, effective communication between individuals and across settings, good clinical management plans and the alignment of services to ensure continuity of care’. Continue Reading

Gamification in Rehab #physiotalk 22 February 2016

For our #physiotalk on Monday 22nd February 8pm(GMT) we’ll be joined Priya Maloni and Cosmin Mihaiu from @MiraRehab to discuss gamification in rehabilitation.

Today technology has infiltrated our daily routine from personal to professional, and everything in between. Advancements in technology have helped streamline difficult processes, standardise protocols, store information and ultimately simplify our daily lives.  The same applies for health services and ultimately for the world of rehabilitation.  New innovative technologies are constantly emerging that are geared towards facilitating therapy, ‘Gamification’ being one of them. Continue Reading

Long term conditions #physiotalk 9th Nov 2015

Following on from our last chat on neuro rehabilitation, we have a chat looking wider at service provision in long term conditions with Ben Ellis on Monday 9th Nov at 8pm UK time (GMT).

Physiotherapists are an integral part of many long term condition (LTC) care pathways, for people with a range of neurological, rheumatological, respiratory and paediatric conditions. For many of these conditions successful management results in stable maintenance of pathology, impairment or function or even in some cases managed decline rather than a period of intervention resulting in an objective improvement. Patients expectations for access to services can be high and are frequently unmet. Some services use rationing of treatment sessions to manage stretched resources, such as offering blocks of 6 weeks of treatment, or a set number of sessions. Patients may be discharged following completion of a course of treatment or kept on open review. This can cause difficulties for services driven by referral and discharge data, but benefits patients who are at risk of being lost to follow up. Continue Reading

Shaping the pre-registration curriculum – what’s important and what is not? #physiotalk 31st August

This tweetchat on Monday 31st August at 8pm BST invites academic, clinical and student tweeters, as well as members of the general public,  to discuss how the pre-registration curriculum for Physiotherapy in the UK could develop. It is hosted by @QMUphysio although you should see a number of lecturers from Queen Margaret University participating during the chat including @JudithLaneQMU

As delivery of health and social care becomes increasingly more complex, the skills and knowledge required of a newly qualified physiotherapist are changing. As well as ensuring that their graduates are fit-for-practice, there is a need for universities to understand the drivers that are likely to shape the development of practice. Continue Reading