Greater Recognition for Neuro Physiotherapists
The new Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology president has called for greater recognition for neuro physiotherapists at the ACPIN annual conference
Jane Burridge, newly-elected president of ACPIN, warned that neurological physiotherapists needed to do more to emphasise the importance of their work to the NHS commissioners, medical peers and the media. Burridge commented that neuro physios were now more effective than ever, due to a number of reasons; these range from the rise of powerful tools and technology for therapy, to better understanding of the progression of neurological diseases and people’s recovery.
Furthermore, Burridge also discussed the fact that physios are leading the way when it comes to changing people’s lives who suffer from neurological conditions. However, she addressed the fact that they seem to be lacking influence where policies are concerned, commenting that they now need to find ways to secure “a seat at the table” when discussions on budgets, healthcare pathways and strategies take place. Burridge’s key aspirations included:
Burridge concluded: “Then we can deliver better therapy, provide rewarding career opportunities, demonstrate that what we do is evidence-based and ensure that new treatments and technologies are designed by us and with patients so that they are fit-for-purpose.”