One of the best presentations I saw at the recent In Sickness and In Health conference (link to conference programme here), was by Trudy Rudge and Amelie Perron titled 'In praise of ignorance? Towards an epistemology of “unknowing” in nursing and health care.' Rudge and Perron are both brilliant critical nursing researchers, and they were previewing some of the ideas in their upcoming book (link). Their argument was in part that although we might like the idea of certainty in our practice, certainty is not always available. More than this, certainty and risk have become hallmarks of good practice, when in fact, our ability to embrace uncertainty is a much more significant feature of … [Read more...] about Why is ignorance so important to clinical practice?
Really thoughtful piece from Rob Yeldham on the changing face of membership organisations and professional bodies. Physiotherapy is doing better than most, but micro-volunteerism, more passive memberships, and social networking could have a profound effect on how activist and representative networks function in the coming years. Some great comments from CPN member Clair Hebron too. … [Read more...] about Embrace the changing world of membership
Physiotherapists were very well represented at this year's In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca. Over the three days of the conference, 12 members of the CPN presented, and the standard of the work was as high as anything offered internationally. There were strong presentations on the application of phenomenology to practice, non-medical prescribing, professional competencies and embodied knowledge, discourses of cure and care, personal narratives in weight loss surgery advertising, practice regulation, the construction of fat bodies, artisanal practice, family-based care, post-structural analyses of movement, theories of health policy, and notions of inclusion for disabled … [Read more...] about Critical physios represented at ISIH conference in Mallorca
This extract comes from a post by CPN member Kyle Ridgeway. Kyle's work concentrates on opening up physical therapy to a more diverse range of positions, including the influence of areas previously beyond the scope of most therapists' thinking - engineering, mathematics and philosophy. This post looks at experiential dimensions of pain experience, referencing the all too common experience of going to the dentist. Some people utterly despise going to the dentist. I get it. The face and mouth are a locus of sensory innervation, and a dentist’s tools don’t exactly exude comfort. The grinding, the drilling, the scraping. Someone else’s hands in your mouth. Bleeding gums. Mouth held open, … [Read more...] about The Filling – a blogpost on emotion and pain
An excellent text with four new chapters tackling a wide range of critical questions in disability studies. … [Read more...] about Foucault and the Government of Disability (2015)
A thoughtful and important new article from CPN members Matthew Low originally posted on his 'Perspectives on Physiotherapy' site. … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for special interest groups?