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MACP members views sought on the new AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report pilot.

20th Dec 2012

MACP members views sought on the new AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report pilot........Click here to access Fitness Report.............

"Dear MSK Physiotherapist,


The pilot of the AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report has now come to an end and the response from practitioners is causing concern. To do this I need evidence that physiotherapists value this tool and feel competent in advising employees, their employers and GPs on their ability to remain in work if advice is followed.


This does present an excellent opportunity to extend our role in areas which our skills are already, for the most part, established and really should be embraced. We know that many GPs really do not wish to be responsible for fit notes as they feel that their role lies in advocacy of the patient and therefore physiotherapy is a logical profession to take on this work should we demonstrate our ability to do so successfully.


I have spoken with Phil Gray and he considers it vital that MSK physiotherapists should lend their weight and support to this project and generate enthusiasm amongst members to respond to the call from the CSP. Failure to engage with this work will result in a backward profile of occupational health within physiotherapy, which, especially in the present climate, is not good.

Physiotherapists are facing increasing challenges from other professions into our areas of expertise, but occupational health is proving to be an area where physiotherapists, with the correct skills, are excelling.


Phil and I therefore asking you for urgent support in persuading your professional network to look at the attached form and then log onto surveymonkey at to give their opinion on its value, ease-of-use and effectiveness in supporting employees to remain in work following illness or injury.


Very many thanks,


LĂ©onie Dawson, MCSP, PG Dip,
Professional Adviser,
Practice and Development Function,
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy,
14 Bedford Row,
London. WC1R 4ED
tel 020 7306 6615
Working days: Tues/Wed 0745 - 1700 @ CSP office "

Online access to Manual Therapy

13th Dec 2012

MACP Members........There is now a new way to access Manual Therapy (and the journals below) - which will be of added benefit to MACP members - as you will no longer need a separate username and password for the Elsevier website.

By simply logging on to the MACP website as a member you will now be able to either click on the Manual Therapy logo on the home page, or the link on the Manual Therapy Journal page (under the Members menu) , to access Manual Therapy and other online journals without the need to enter another username/password. The new journal landing page will also enable you to view the new Editors' Highlights, virtual issues and subject collections, as well as the current literature and full back archive. In addition you will now be able to personalise your own account, designing and saving your own keyword searches and setting up alerts to the publication of literature in your area of interest.

Elsevier will shortly also be adding details to this page which will optimise the system for you.

Accessible journals
Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Best Practice & Research in Clinical Rheumatology
Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing
Human Movement Science
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Journal of Pain
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport
Physical Therapy in Sport
The Spine Journal


4th Dec 2012


The Executive Committee would like to hear from any MACP member who would like to help us in developing a new communications strategy that engages both members and non-members alike. We feel that with the level of clinical expertise our members can offer, we should be promoting ourselves more, and we appreciate that we need to be embracing website technology and social media to help us achieve this. You could be a longstanding MACP member, or someone who has just joined us, it doesn't matter, as you would be working as part of the Executive Committee team; just bring your fresh ideas and enthusiasm!

To discuss this opportunity further, please e-mail Cabella Lowe, MACP Communications Officer to arrange a convenient time for a call.

8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Dubai 2013

4th Dec 2012

December 20, 2012...........
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