CPIP Annual UpdateTop Tips 

By Katie Kinch, CPIP Network Scotish Representative.
Reviewing and up-dating the CPIP competency is important and necessary to ensure a high standard of consistent, accurate data collection as well as highlight any issues/problems that have arisen over the previous 12 months. These are Katie's top tips to help you plan your update sessions...
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Northern Ireland Public Involvement in Cerebral Palsy Research

by Karen McConnell

The Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR) is a confidential record of children with cerebral palsy (CP) living in Northern Ireland. It is held at Queen’s University Belfast and funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland.

The overall aim of the NICPR is to establish a systematic approach to the monitoring and surveillance of CP in Northern Ireland over time and to support research into the condition. The register works closely with healthcare professionals (paediatricians and paediatric physiotherapists and occupational therapists), however we believe it is important to involve patients and their families as well as healthcare professionals in our work, to make sure CP research is relevant to all who use it. Consequently, one of the key objectives for the NICPR in 2018 is to increase patient and public involvement (PPI) activities. 
(Above- the NICPR team, Claire Kerr, Heather Knox, Oliver Perra, Karen McConnell)
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WCPT, IOPTP and APCP!

Founded in 1951, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 450,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 109 member organisations. The confederation operates as a non-profit organisation and is registered as a charity in the UK.

WCPT believes that every individual is entitled to the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate healthcare delivered in an atmosphere of trust and respect for human dignity, and underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and scientific evidence. It is committed to furthering the physical therapy profession and improving global health through:
-encouraging high standards of physical therapy research, education and practice
-supporting the exchange of information between WCPT regions and member organisations
-collaborating with national and international organisations

WCPT subgroups are important independent organisations in their own right. They have a specific area of interest, and promote the advancement of physical therapy and exchange of scientific knowledge in their field.

International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics (IOPTP) is one of the WCPT sub-groups. The purpose of the IOPTP is to provide a means by which WCPT member organisations having a common interest in children and their families may meet, confer, and promote these interests. They produce a newsletter twice a year and have a number of publications on their website for download.

APCP are delighted to have re-joined WCPT this year and are even more excited to be hosting a joint Conference with IOPTP in 2020. Initial planning has already started for this event, which will be in London in the Spring of 2020. Please look out for further details in our bulletins and newsletters and we hope as many of you as possible will come and support what looks like being a spectacular event!

Trent Regional Update

The Trent regional committee continue to meet regularly working towards achieving our five year plan providing continuing professional development (CPD) to our region through study days, lectures and courses. The committee is however, currently unrepresented in the Sheffield and Leicester areas therefore we take this opportunity to encourage anybody interested to in joining the regional committee to contact us. By having a committee that is represented by the whole region we can ensure that we continue to promote the APCP and paediatric physiotherapy in conjunction with the needs of our regional members.

The region continues to provide training events and learning opportunities for members, the most recent of which being a muscular dystrophy overview with Kirstie Spencer in February 2018. The seminar was a huge success with Kirstie’s knowledge and experience delivered through a very engaging presentation. The evening lecture also gave the opportunity for clinical networking and peer support which was reflected well through feedback. As a committee we value feedback to guide us in the provision of our CPD events and to best represent the views and needs of the region.

The Trent committee are organising our next training event to be held over the summer. Look out for the advertisements in your newsletters and on the APCP website.

Charlotte Hookings- Trent Regional Representative.

CP Football Event

CP Sport in partnership with The FA are running an England Talent Day.

The event provides people with CP and associated physical disability the opportunity to meet players from other clubs, go on to join a club if not already a member and have the opportunity to be identified within the FA’s talent programme.

The day will consist of a 20 minute presentation from the FA regarding their talent pathways, a 1 hour 30 minute football session will then take place.

The session will be lead by qualified coaches and include a range of skill development drills and small sided games.

The session will take place outdoors on a 3G pitch, player need to wear appropriate footwear and shinpads.

To register a place please complete the  Registration Form ETD 2018 and email to Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org

For further information call Lisa Morton-Smith on  0115 925 7027
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APCP Conference 2018
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
2-3 November 2018
Bookings now open
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Call for Abstracts


The conference aims to bring together paediatric physiotherapists from across the UK to share research and best clinical practice and so abstracts should relevant to the field of paediatric physiotherapy.
Deadline 1st July 2018
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National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)

Chronic Neurodisability: Each and Every Need (2018).
This NCEPOD report focuses on the quality provided to children and young people with chronic disabling conditions, focusing in particular on cerebral palsies. The report takes a critical look at areas where the care of patients might have been improved. Remediable factors have also been identified in the clinical and the organisational care of these patients.

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