Regional Round-Up March 2021

Actively Promoting Children's Physiotherapy

One of the primary roles of the APCP Regions is to promote the work of paediatric physiotherapists across the UK and so APCP members are invited to share developments, experiences and achievements via their Regional webpages.

In February, Marilyn Bradbury in the West Midlands Region shared news of her current research, the DO MORE study which aims to develop an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in non-ambulant young people with long-term disability.  This month, Vicky Mercer from the North East Region provides an update on the pGALSplus Study to develop a tool to facilitate the identification and assessment of children with serious musculoskeletal disease. 

Also from the North East Region, Karin Makinson, reports on a service improvement project at the Great North Children's Hospital to trial an enhanced recovery pathway for reducing the length of stay in adolescent idiopathic spine correction.

During the past 12 months, APCP members have adapted to changing job roles and work practice.  In East Anglia Region news, committee members, Cat Morley and Jacqui Taylor, share their experience of re-deployment.

If you are involved in research / service development projects, or any other news that you would that you would like to share with us, please contact us.

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Regional CPD Programe

The Regional CPD programme has continued, as planned, providing a minimum of 2 webinar each month.

At the beginning of February, the East Anglia Region hosted a very popular evening webinar on Current Approaches to the Orthopaedic Management of the Neurological Hip presented by Mr Pranai Buddhdev.  This was followed later in the month with another engaging webinar hosted by the North West Region looking at Rett Syndrome - Physiotherapy intervention and realistic long-term  management with Gilly Martin.

In March, the North East Region hosted an evening webinar, Managing Paediatric Pain - 'Mind the Gap', with guest speaker Jane Robinson from Sheffield Children's Hospital.  The following day, the South West Region hosted a morning webinar presented by Bronwen Warner, Physiotherapy for Spina Bifida - Your Questions Answered

In addition to these webinars, the Regions have also hosted 2 Zoom Workshops with restricted delegate numbers to encourage greater attendee participation.  

  • Pain and the ICF was hosted by the South East Region with guest speakers, Jenny Seggie and Siobhan Gray
  • Evidence-based Practical Application for the Treatment of Cerebral Palsy was hosted by the West Midlands Region with guest speaker, Pauline Christmas - this webinar is being re-run on 31st March - for further information / to book a place CLICK HERE
  • Details of forthcoming events can be found on the CPD Events page and all available webinar recordings can be found on the Recorded Webinars page.

Regional Networking

Journal Club

The North West Region held its first Journal Club on Thursday 4th, March hosted by Liz Cowan and Helen Hartley.  The club was attended by 13 members who had a lively chat related to an article previously published in the APCP Journal 'Postural control intervention for children with dyspraxia'.  The North West Region plan to run the club every other month.  Anyone interested in supporting the development of a Journal Club in their region should contact their Regional Committee via the Regional web pages.

Private Practitioners Regional Networking

Representative from 9 of the 11 APCP Regions met (via Zoom) with PPIPS Committee Chair, Wiz Chilton, on Thursday, 11th March to discuss ideas supporting private practitioners.  The main themes discussed were around promoting better communication and collaboration between private practitioners and NHS therapists working with the same children.   The group hopes to be able to develop some work focusing on EHCPs to highlight this topic.

Equality & Diversity 

In line with the CSP, APCP is aware that it is important to promote equality and diversity within our membership and the profession, to seek equal access, treatment and outcomes for all patient groups, and to oppose hatred and discrimination.  In March, a small group of representatives from some Regions wee invited to meet to discuss equality and diversity issues and to start to inform APCP's strategy moving forward.  Anyone wishing to participate in this group should contact us.


Regional Committee Members

Since the last Regional Round-Up, we are pleased to advise that Jaci McFetridge has accepted a position on the Northern Ireland Committee and that the Trent Region have received a number of emails from members interested in joining the committee.

The Northern Ireland, South East and Trent Regions are still currently seeking new committee members.  Anyone interested should contact us.

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