This post from our CPN Exec member Barbara Gibson just appeared on The AMS Phoenix Project site (link) and is cross-posted here. I recently attended my first AMS Phoenix Project Conference as a new grant recipient. It was a treat to be amongst a talented group of people who are collectively dedicated to infusing compassionate care into healthcare, and who are doing so from diverse perspectives. As someone who identifies as a critical researcher I was especially intrigued by some of the comments provided by speaker Arno Kumagai related to the problem of evaluating compassion. Dr Kumagai mentioned a somewhat disturbing trend in healthcare towards measuring compassionate care utilizing … [Read more...] about Wither ‘Quality of Life’?
Physiotherapists, like all orthodox western health professionals, love endings. Think about it. Every time we begin a new patient assessment, we have got one eye on the patient's discharge. We love goals and outcome measures so that we can measure when milestones have been reached and end-points achieved. It seems every opening to a new episode of care comes with an implicit expiration date. Naturally, funders are eager that packages of care are limited and treatments don't extend on into days, weeks and months, and we seem to have accepted the inherent logic that care must have term limits. Time-limited care suits acute illnesses and injuries that are, by definition, … [Read more...] about New: Openings
This image is free for you to print or download. It is formatted in A4 landscape. Please share with colleagues: other physiotherapists, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, etc...whomever you think might find it useful. … [Read more...] about 10 critical suggestions for new graduates
There are many things I love about William Morris, the 19th century textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist (see profile here). I've always had a passion for the Arts and Crafts movement that he contributed so much to. I love the idea that things should be done once and done well. I love his socialism and belief in the struggles of people less well off than us. But it was his belief in the need to do the best one could, and to be satisfied with one's achievement - no matter how modest - that has always drawn me to him. Late last week, I posted a blog about how I didn't think that physiotherapy could claim to be patient-centred. Thank you to the people … [Read more...] about If I can
Each year, the journal Medical Education produces a list of brief papers called 'Really Good Stuff: Lessons learned through innovation in medical education.' It usually contains some interesting ideas. Here is the latest edition. A peer-reviewed collection of short reports from around the world on innovative approaches to medical education (pages 1101–1102) Article first published online: 12 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/medu.12600 Introduction (page 1103) M Brownell Anderson Article first published online: 12 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/medu.12599 Multiple mini-interviews combined with group interviews in medical student selection (page 1104) Shih-Chieh Liao, Tzuen-Ren Hsiue, … [Read more...] about Really Good Stuff: Lessons learned through innovation in medical education
Each day over the next week I'll post up an abstract for a paper being presented by a member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network at the In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca in June 2015. (You can find more information on the conference here.) The Experience of Practice-Based Educators: Supporting Disabled Physiotherapy Students By Karen Atkinson In the UK we have a substantial history of disabled people entering the physiotherapy profession. The most well-known group is probably those who have visual impairments. Over the last 20 years, however, the picture has changed with more students and graduate physiotherapists who are, for example, users of mental health services, … [Read more...] about The Experience of Practice-Based Educators: Supporting Disabled Physiotherapy Students
Each day over the next week I'll post up an abstract for a paper being presented by a member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network at the In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca in June 2015. (You can find more information on the conference here.) Physiotherapist non-medical prescribing: A policy of transforming community services, service integration and the primacy of orthopaedic surgery By Nicky Wilson, Pope, C. Roberts, L. and Crouch, R. Purpose & Background The UK non-medical prescribing policy programme is a key component of workforce modernisation and reconfiguration, seen as essential to meet rising healthcare demands. Rights to prescribe medicines now extend to a … [Read more...] about Physiotherapist non-medical prescribing: A policy of transforming community services, service integration and the primacy of orthopaedic surgery