By anyone’s estimations, the CPN events at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town this last week were a huge success. Thanks goes to a lot of people, not least Jenny Setchell, Michael Rowe and Nicky Wilson in Cape Town and Gwyn Owen in Cardiff, for organising and running things.
- The biggest face-to-face meeting of the CPN Exec we’ve ever been able to hold, as a time for reflection on the Network’s future;
- A Focused Symposium that ran like clockwork and delivered to around 200 people, with four fantastic founding members of the Network delivering powerful, thought-provoking, and often challenging material;
- A series of workshops and papers presented by CPN members from more than 10 countries – the largest showing of critical physiotherapy material ever presented;
- Masses of positive feedback from people who were new to the Network or came along to re-connect, including some incredible social media. The day of the Focused Symposium saw the CPN featured everywhere on Twitter and Facebook. A ‘word cloud’ of the biggest issues at WCPT on the day of the Symposium shows how prominent critical physiotherapy was;
- And last, but by no means least, our fantastic conjoint CPN Salon (Cape Town) and Colloquium (Cardiff), including a live link up between the two venues for a strategic planning discussion. The venue, the organisation, the speakers, the relaxed feel, the ideas and creativity…it was an incredible day and felt like a real watershed for the Network.
Of course we won’t rest on our laurels, and next week sees us going back to work with a renewed sense of purpose, a clearer direction, and some tangible things that we’ll now be doing in the coming months. Planning has already started for WCPT 2019 in Geneva.
If you’d like to listen to the 30 minute ‘State of the CPN’ talk, you can find the screen capture of the full talk here.
So thank you to everyone who gave their time, skill, energy and enthusiasm to make the week one to remember.