Paediatric Physiotherapists in the Private Sector (PPiPS) 

Getting into Private Practice Event
When the PPiPs committee surveyed the APCP membership, last year, it was evident that the overwhelming request was for information regarding moving into private practice.  As a result, the PPiPs committee were tasked with organizing a course to deliver advice and information for physiotherapists working outside of the NHS.

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Scotland Regional Update

Hello from the Scottish Regional Committee.  There have been several changes to the committee over recent months, and we have welcomed several new representatives.  We hope to ensure that everyone’s details are updated on the website soon, so that everyone is aware of their local representatives so that we can get as much feedback and future communication as possible.
The most recent training event in out area was ‘An introduction to Rebound Therapy and Pilates in Paediatrics’ which was hosted at the Craighalbert Centre on Saturday 28th April. Although there were limited numbers attending, this worked well for the topics of the day as everyone got a better chance to participate in the practical aspects of the day.  
We are next due to meet on 28th June when we shall be reviewing our 5 year plan and starting to plan our next study day, which we are hoping will take place in the autumn.  Please get in touch to keep us updated on what matters most to you all.  Only with this information will we be able to arrange future courses that are relevant and meaningful to you all. 

We look forward to receiving lots of suggestions……….

Audrey Ducker – Scottish Regional Representative.


Physiotherapy as we would know it is an unknown profession in Belarus. Here, there is a greater reliance on using passive treatments such as massage and electrotherapy modalities which we stopped using many years ago. Doctors remain “in charge”, and still prescribe treatments, with children treated as mini-adults. Treatment for children with severe and multiple disabilities such as cerebral palsy is very basic. Sadly, the medical profession takes the view that such children have a minimal capacity for improvement, so only palliative care is provided.

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London Regional Update

After bidding a fond farewell to many long serving London committee members we happily welcomed new recruits and started planning our 2018 evening lecture series with renewed energy.

The beast from the east and its snow delayed our February start but we were very happy to welcome Hazel Brown to a full house in April for a talk on shoulder dysfunction in Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy (OBPP). It was an informative evening, with clearly and expertly presented information on the aetiology, assessment, prognosis and management of OBPP. Hazel was able to advise on when to refer on to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore for more specialist assessment - a great resource for the London region.

In March, Jane Simmonds spoke about Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders for APCP London. It was really interesting to hear about the changes in diagnostic criteria and the priorities and focus for future research. It was especially encouraging to learn that changes were made in direct response to patient campaigning.

After last year’s Early Intervention Lecture with Roz Boyd, we were asked if we could provide a UK update on Early intervention. In May we were pleased to make this possible with Phill Harniess, Research Physiotherapist at GOSH, providing a comprehensive review of the current research and current work in this area in the UK. The evening was well attended and provided us all with plenty of food for thought and optimism for how this research could help shape the future practice of Early Intervention for children with high risk of cerebral palsy. (This lecture was recorded and we hope to be able to share it with wider APCP members soon.)

July 9th will see us hosting our now annual sports and participation evening. Last years’ sports networking evening was one of the most inspiring and uplifting evenings I have experienced as part of London APCP. Our aim was to raise the profile of disability and inclusive sports opportunities in London, in the hope that physios in London could then better support the children and families they work with to access local sports and recreational opportunities. What became apparent during the evening was not only the positive impact that sport can have on these young children but also that there are many sports clubs out there with resources but no children, and that we as physios have a key role in linking children to these clubs and activities. 

This year we have an even bigger and more diverse programme of speakers. I would therefore urge as many of you as possible to attend on the 9th, to  find out about sports locally, network with clubs and colleagues and ultimately help us to get more children in London with disabilities into sport and physical activity.

Katharine Philipps- London Regional Representative.

APCP Conference 2018
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
2-3 November 2018
Bookings now open
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Introduction to Paediatric Physiotherapy 2018

The North East region hosted the Introduction to Paediatric Physiotherapy (ITPP) course in Newcastle from 14-16 June 2018. 
57 delegates attended over three days for a packed programme of  theory, practical and small group work.
Last year was the first year we had accepted international deleagtes and this year we were excited to see a number of delegates were from other disciplines and professions including physiotherapists who work with adults, orthotists and osteopaths.
APCP would like to thank Allard UK for their sponsorship and for bringing their products for delegates to see. 
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