It's been a few months since we last gave you an update on what the Critical Physiotherapy Network is up to, so here's a short summary of things we've done recently and some of the projects we've got in the pipeline. As always, if you'd like to be involved in anything that we're doing, just get in touch. Add a comment to the post, send us an email, Tweet us (@CriticaPhysio) or message us on Facebook (@CriticalPhysiotherapyNetwork). Our first co-authored book - Manipulating Practices: A critical physiotherapy reader - has been an incredible success. Published by Norway's foremost scientific and technical publisher - Cappelen Damm Forlag - it has been downloaded more than any other book … [Read more...] about What’s going on with the CPN?
A few days into the new year, CPN member Roger Kerry was recognised by JISC as one of the UK’s most social media savvy academics. The award acknowledged Roger's longstanding contribution to innovation in education, including the Tweed project which uses social media to formulate reading lists based on people's favourite texts (see Twitter #physiosomereadinglist). It would be nice to think that in the future, our new book Manipulating practices: A critical physiotherapy reader will make that list, and given the fact that it's been downloaded nearly 4,500 times since it was released last week, it should stand a chance. (Remember, you can download the book in full, for free, from … [Read more...] about We are all midwives
It seems we say this every year, but 2017 was another bumper year for the CPN. We've continued to grow in size, now with over 650 members. This year alone we've added 185 new members from 41 countries, thanks, in part, to the work we did at WCPT in Cape Town. The Focused Symposium that we ran was a huge success, and it's fair to say we were all a little surprised by the reception we received. Our one-day post-conference 'Salons' held simultaneously in Cape Town and Cardiff were also great opportunities to grow and support the CPN family. Perhaps the biggest achievement of the year, however, has been the creation of the first ever published collection of critical physiotherapy … [Read more...] about CPN End of Year Report Card
CPN member Blaise Doran responded our call-out to members to write a short statement about why or how they have found their way to a CPN so we could use them as testimonials. However his response was so interesting (and too long for a testimonial) we thought it would work better in a blog post. Blaise Doran BSc (Physio.), GradDip (Neuro. Rehab.), MSc (Pain Mgt.) originally trained and worked in the UK. He is a physiotherapist and the coordinator for the Children’s Pain Management Clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he worked predominantly in adult neurological rehabilitation. Prior to undertaking his physiotherapy degree, he worked for ten years as … [Read more...] about Reflections on a tweet/Why I joined the CPN
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
There are a lot of physiotherapy books in print, but not many of them engage in the kinds of (post)critical thinking celebrated by the CPN. One exception is Barbara Gibson's superb Rehabilitation: a post-critical approach, published last year by Taylor and Francis. Earlier this week a new review of the book came out in the eminent journal Disability & Society. The review highlights the many radical and important features of the book, and celebrates Barbara's ability to 'extend[s] these discussions and bring[s] a critical eye to bear on concepts that remain under-theorised within the field'. There is a link to the review in the title of the journal above, but if you'd prefer, … [Read more...] about Review of Barbara Gibson’s book ‘Rehabilitation: a post-critical approach’
This new book comes from CPN member Dr Jonathan Harvey. Jonathan is a brain injury survivor and a social scientist who specialises in neurological rehabilitation. Jonathan recently completed a PhD at the Open University (2015), entitled ‘Navigating the complexities of acquired brain injury: theorising everyday activities in identity (re)construction’. Inspired by the author’s own personal experience of sustaining acquired brain injury (ABI), this path-breaking book explores the (re)construction of identity after ABI. It offers a way of understanding ABI through a social scientific lens, promoting an understanding that is generated through close engagement with the lives and experiences … [Read more...] about New book – A Sociological Approach to Acquired Brain Injury and Identity