' A few noteworthy events have happened at CPN Towers over the last few weeks. CPN Exec calls for more critical scholarship Firstly, an editorial written by various members of the CPN Exec appeared in Physiotherapy Canada today. Titled Infusing Rehabilitation with Critical Research and Scholarship: A Call to Action, the paper followed a conversation with Prof Dina Brooks after our last CPN Salon in Cape Town last year. Dina challenged the CPN to do more to explain criticality to physiotherapists, and this paper was part of that conversation (full pdf here). Planning for 2019 Secondly, we had our end-of-year strategic planning meeting last week and had the full Executive present: myself … [Read more...] about A short CPN update
Many of you who attended our last CPN Salon at the last WCPT meeting in Cape Town will remember what a fantastic day we had. Meeting so many members face-to-face, as well as the great presentations and fabulous venue made for a memorable day. We're starting to make plans for a repeat event in Geneva, probably on the day after the WCPT Congress, and we'd like to know if you'd be interested in attending. We plan to run the day in a similar way to the last one, so there will be some talks, some workshops, and, of course, some hearty debate and discussion. So if you'd keen to know more or register your interest, please email Jenny Setchell and she will add you to the contact … [Read more...] about CPN Salon 2019
We've been planning to run a free online course on thinking critically about physiotherapy for some years, but now we are happy to announce that it has finally come to fruition. A team of CPN members have been thinking about the kind of course that we would want for months now, and we have taken our time to try to develop a program that we think you will find interesting and exciting. The course is grounded in practical, everyday physiotherapy challenges, but uses the experience of physiotherapists who have a deep knowledge of theory and philosophy to expand on the ways we currently think about these situations and issues. Is autonomy really a good thing for physiotherapists? … [Read more...] about The first ever Free Critical Physiotherapy Online Course is coming
26th July 2018 Dept of Geography and Planning, The University of Liverpool Keynote Speaker: Professor Dee Heddon, University of Glasgow A one-day interdisciplinary event focused on walking research, practice and culture. Our definition of walking is welcoming to all kinds of bodies and includes orthotics, sticks, wheels and other assistive technologies. This symposium is open to students, academics and anyone else interested in exploring the more than pedestrian. We invite proposals for 20 minute paper presentations, but are also open to creative and innovative methods. We are also interested in facilitating a small number of walks. Subjects covered may include, but are not limited … [Read more...] about Beyond The Pedestrian: Walking in Research, Theory, Practice and Performance
One thing you can definitely say about the CPN is that we like a project. We try to keep a lot of things consistent (blogging, meetings, social media, etc), but also run large projects in the background (collaborative articles, presentations and books). And having just published Manipulating practices, it's time to think what's next. We've been talking for some time about developing an on-line international course in critical thinking, but until this week it was only the germ of an idea. Yesterday I hosted a video conference with some members from the CPN, to talk about what a course might look like. Here were our preliminary thoughts: There are probably three audiences for a … [Read more...] about What’s next – A critical physiotherapy course perhaps?
If you'd like to hear what The End of Physiotherapy is about, who its for, and why you might want to read it, there's a short podcast here explaining it. On Tuesday evening next (10th October), Paul Lagerman (the Naked Physio) and I, will be holding a Facebook Live event to talk about the book. Check out Paul's Facebook page for more details. https://soundcloud.com/david-nicholls-2/end-of-physiotherapy-podcast … [Read more...] about A brief podcast on The End of Physiotherapy
At WCPT in Cape Town there was an incredible turn-out for a 7am Monday morning meeting of people interested in the history of physical therapy. The upshot of the meeting was that we agreed that we needed to form an international physical therapy history group. And so, we've started asking who would be interested in coming along for the ride. So far we've got 37 'members' across more than a dozen countries covering all five continents. The intention is to form a network - not dissimilar to the CPN - but perhaps functioning a little differently. The focus will probably be on raising the profile of history in and around the profession; establishing an interactive archive of … [Read more...] about Are you interested in the history of physical therapy?