The Future of Physiotherapy: Summit and Exhibition
With the changes in commissioning for care and the need for physiotherapy to look at new ways of working and integrating into care pathways across the health sector, physiotherapy is under pressure to stand up and make themselves heard.
This conference presents the challenge and explores the opportunities that appear for physiotherapists to capitalise on their wealth of expertise and unique skills base and to respond to the needs of service provision and population needs. With an increased elderly population and exercise and health high on the agenda, we will be addressing where physiotherapy can have an impact on both treatment and on prevention and to look at new role definitions that challenge previous traditional methods of delivery. Physiotherapists are also key to providing the flexibility for provision and the advanced practice diagnostic skills that are sought after to support medical teams and to integrate these skills into joined up care for the benefit of all patients.
Join us for The Future of Physiotherapy Summit and Exhibition where a range of speakers will offer insights, and provide discussion and debate on the current state of physiotherapy and how the sector can maximise its potential.
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|Susan Buttress||Associate Dean International, School of Health Sciences, University of Salford|
|Suzanne Rastrick||Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England|
|Kay Hack||Associate Head Academic, University of Salford|
|Malcom Granat||Professor in Health and Rehabilitation, University of Salford|
|Zac Arif||Director, Access Redesign|
|Rachel Johnston||Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Manchester Neurotherapy Centre|
|Joanne Cresswell||Associate Director Research – University of Salford|
|Josie Robinson||Solicitor, Josie Robinson Solicitor|
|Helen Baxter||Lecturer in University of Salford and Director of Tessellates Innovation Limited|
The British population is in need of physiotherapists’ services. A 2014 Nuffield Health survey found that 73% of UK adults each month are coping with pain that could be fully or partially alleviated by a physiotherapist. The profession is already helping to tackle the most pressing public health issues of our generation, such as obesity. Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust offers physiotherapy care to anyone with BMI over 40 in an effort to reduce obesity rates. The results so far have been impressive, with 95.5% increasing their physical activity after treatment and 69.4% maintaining or losing weight. In addition to this, advances in technology have allowed physiotherapists to achieve better results, faster. Active/passive bikes, for example, can help weak and fatigued patients to gradually build strength. Debbie Davies, physiotherapy clinical lead for rehabilitation at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Health Board, praises the way that new technology can help patients to improve outside of the physiotherapist’s office, saying, “We can set them a programme and the patient can exercise whenever they like, at home with their family, or even at 10 o’clock at night.”
As well as these physical improvements, there is also a growing recognition of the correlation between treatments offered by physiotherapists and improvement in mental health. For example, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) found that there is considerable evidence for the benefits of exercise in depression. Their team of physiotherapists offer different levels of exercise for various user groups that suffer from depression. Nationally, the updated Lester Tool, launched by NHS England in June 2014, provides physiotherapists with a resource they can use to help them deliver safe, effective care that improves the physical health of people with serious mental illnesses.Physiotherapist Brendon Stubbs, a member of the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Mental Health (IOPTMH), said “The Lester tool offers a great mechanism to highlight the physical health needs of people with SMI and its launch is an opportunity for our profession to promote the message that physiotherapy works to address this physical health disparity.”
Public and private organisations have started to realise the efficiency savings they can achieve by making use physiotherapists’ skills. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, aims to provide physiotherapy to NHS staff to cut the health service’s annual £2.4 billion sickness bill. Similar initiatives have been successful in the private sector. John Lewis Partnership (JLP) employs around 94,000 Partners across 414 UK sites. In August 2013, Physio Med began working with the JLP Partnership Health Services across the entire group in order to implement its award winning PAL (Physiotherapy Advice Line) service. Through this service, JLP estimates it has saved 41,010 working days, equating to more than £2,676,000 in monetary terms.
The surge in demand that physiotherapists are experiencing is placing huge amounts of pressure on an already over stretched service. The Council of Deans of Health and Universities UK stated in July 2015 that there were simply not enough student physios to meet current demands. In the short term, plans to roll out a 7 day NHS will only increase the pressure on an already stretched physiotherapy sector. While in the longer term, an aging population will increase the demands for physiotherapy services even further.
Join us for the Future of Physiotherapy Summit and Exhibition, where we will discuss the growing influence of the profession in the public and private sectors to help those with mental and physical issues. This summit and exhibition will also address how, in these uncertain times, the sustainability of physiotherapy can be achieved, for the benefit all those who depend on this increasingly important service.
Exhibition Viewing, Registration and Refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Susan Buttress, Associate Dean , School of Health Sciences, University of Salford
Kay Hack, Dean of School of Health Sciences, University of Salford
The Profession – challenges in education
Kay is Dean of School of Health Sciences. She joined the University of Salford in 2001 and has held a number of leadership roles within the institution including Associate Head Academic within the School of Health Sciences.
Keynote Speaker - Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England
The Future of Physiotherapy
Suzanne was one of the first allied health professionals (AHPs) to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post. She has also been Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust Cluster, and has a Non-Executive portfolio in the commercial and not for profit Housing Sector and sits on a number of national groups.
Zac Arif, Director, Access Redesign
New ways of working: service redesign-a case study approach
Zac presents some case studies about how he has assisted Trusts in redesigning services and in transforming the ways clinicians work He has over thirty-three years’ experience in the NHS both as a clinician and manager. He has held a variety of posts within the NHS including seven years as Chief Executive of two NHS Trust’s in London.
Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition Viewing
Rachel Johnston, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Manchester Neurotherapy Centre
The changing landscape of care, a case example of addressing the management of long-term conditions
Rachel qualified in 2004 from The University of Manchester and has held a number of senior physiotherapy positions. She has extensive experience in the management of patients with neurological disorders and now is a key member of the Manchester Neurotherapy Centre team, an out-patient physiotherapy clinic run by an experienced team of Bobath physiotherapists specialising in neurological rehabilitation.
Joanne Cresswell - Associate Director Research – University of Salford
‘How to make the most of research opportunities’
Associate Director of Research at Salford, Jo was a previously a senior manager with NIHR and senior researcher at The University of Manchester. She is passionate about developing real research in clinical practice within the NHS.
Stephen Barabas, Director, VBS Direct
“Class IV Laser Therapy – Science and Medical Benefits”
VBS Direct Ltd was formed in 2010 with the intention of bringing new and innovative solutions from home and abroad to the wider UK human health professions. VBS will outline how they engage with Healthcare professionals to bring new technologies to market providing an insight though case studies.
ReWalk: More Than Walkers
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright, walk, turn, and climb and descend stairs. ReWalk will explore the potential of new technology to support people with injuries. They will provide real life examples.
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
Demonstration from REWALK
Josie Robinson – Solicitor, Josie Robinson Solicitor
Legal implications of a physiotherapist in today’s Health System
Josie, a Physiotherapist before she trained as a Solicitor runs a successful practice in London. She will present a series of scenarios and how physiotherapists can learn to protect themselves in an increasingly complex health system where physiotherapists are increasingly taking on new roles
Helen Baxter School of Health Sciences, University of Salford
The Challenge of Leadership, Key skills for leadership development for physiotherapists of the future.
Helen Baxter is a part time lecturer at the University of Salford and is the Director of Tessellates Innovation Limited which specialises in innovation and service design in health and social care.
Helen is one of the foremost experts in the application of innovation and design approaches within a healthcare context and has a wealth of experience in both developing and applying improvement tools, techniques and methodologies.
Professor Malcom Granat, School of Health Sciences, University of Salford
Merging technology with traditional practice-activity monitoring
Malcolm Granat is Professor in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health at the University of Salford. Malcolm has a strong interest in physical activity monitoring from his early work in the development of novel instrumentation for ambulatory monitoring.
Closing Remarks from Chair
Susan Buttress, Associate Dean , School of Health Sciences, University of Salford
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- The role physiotherapists can play in tackling major contemporary public health issues, such as obesity
- The integration of services and physiotherapy; making an impact on patient care
- The growing body of evidence showing a correlation between mental health and physiotherapy
- The utility of the Lester Tool in treating those with SMI
- Legal implications of physiotherapy update; complexities of service provision, contracts and protecting yourself from litigation
- Service redesign and making efficiency savings
- The impact of an increasingly older population on the demands of physiotherapists
- The role of technology in monitoring activity and its use in health promotion
Who should attend?
Clinical Physiotherapists, Clinical Co-Ordinators, Physical Rehabilitation Therapists,Supervisor Physiotherapists, Registered Physiotherapists, Researchers,Sport Physiotherapists, Community Physiotherapists, Occupational Physiotherapists, Assistant Practitioners, Physiotherapy Support Workers, Occupational Therapy Assistants