I've spent a lot of time this year doing the background work for the book that will follow The End of Physiotherapy (available now in paperback from all good book sellers, and an ideal Christmas present). On the advice of a friend of mine, who is a prolific author, I try to write books, book chapters, and articles in one go. What I mean is that all of the arguments are corralled first, along with the data, references, texts and quotes, and then when I've ironed out what my arguments will be, I write the whole thing in one go once. This is quite different to a collaborative writing project, which is much more iterative, but it helps to reduce the seemingly endless re-writing … [Read more...] about Common problems
A couple of weeks ago, an editorial appeared in Physical Therapy that gave a very strong justification for the use of qualitative research by physiotherapists. It’s somewhat surprising, these days, that qualitative research even needs defending, but the authors - Alan Jette, Clare Delany, and Mari Lundberg - gave a very clear and concise overview of some of its principles and virtues, citing authors well known to many of you. As part of the review, Jette, Delany and Lundberg kindly singled out the first critical physiotherapy reader - Manipulating Practices for special attention. Here is what they wrote about the book: If readers of PTJ would like to explore some outstanding … [Read more...] about The value of qualitative research
I'm very pleased to say that a paperback version of The End of Physiotherapy will be available from late March for £36.99. The only paper version of the book in print until now has been in hardback, which was priced by Routledge for institutions rather than for individual readers. That meant to read the book you had to borrow one from your library or download the eBook version, which doesn't suit everyone. And yet sales of the book have been amazing, so I'm very grateful to those of you who have read it and given me such lovely feedback. Here's one of the opening sections to the book, and as you can see, it was always my intention that the book should be read widely; Many … [Read more...] about The End of Physiotherapy will soon be in paperback (and much cheaper!)
' 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
Submit your work for the 2nd critical physiotherapy reader to be produced by the Critical Physiotherapy Network Title: Mobilising knowledge: A second critical physiotherapy reader To go into print in early 2020. Editors: A/Prof Dave Nicholls A/Prof Rani Lill Anjum A/Prof Elizabeth Anne Kinsella A/Prof Karen Synne Groven Publisher: Routledge Outline: This book follows on from the success of the first critical physiotherapy reader – Manipulating Practices – and explores knowledge in and of physiotherapy. We want to take a critical look at the kinds of knowledge that traditionally formed the backbone of the profession, and examine how our understanding of what … [Read more...] about Call for chapters: Mobilising knowledge: A second critical physiotherapy reader
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