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NMSK Alliance

28th May 2012

As you are probably aware, since the CSP Clinical Interest Groups have become Professional Networks, the MACP is now part of the Neuromusculoskeletal Alliance. Within the Alliance are a number of Networks who, whilst maybe having slightly different skill sets and approach to MSK conditions, all share the desire to be able to influence clinical practice for the benefit of the patients and the profession. The MACP sees the potential benefits of working more closely with other Networks within the Alliance, and so we are now including reciprocal links between our websites (Home Menu / NMSK Alliance Group - links). This is a move to share knowledge and experience as well as promoting a good working relationship between us.

Clinical Mentors Database

16th May 2012

The Clinical Mentors database has very recently been updated.... the database can be found (log in required) under the "Members" menu / "Associate members" / "Clinical Mentor database 2012".

NEW!!! Forum for clinical mentors

1st May 2012

NEW!!!.... The Forum for clinical mentors is now "Live" on the website..........We hope that the clinical mentors forum will encourage more people to get involved in mentoring students and also help to generate continued good practice.

The forum also aims to provide support for both new and experienced clinical mentors.

We hope this is a helpful resource for you in your role as a clinical mentors. The forum can be found under the Members menu /Clinical Mentor resources / Clinical Mentors forum (member log in required).

Wayne Fish
CEA Member

Manual Therapy Research Review

21st Mar 2012

Manual Therapy research review..........

Dear Member Organisation Delegates

Please find attached the first copy of the Manual Therapy research review. One of my tasks as an Executive member of IFOMPT is to manage the research portfolio. I have promised to develop this document. It is hoped this will be a 3 - 4 times a year publication that MOs could distribute to members and we could also place on the website.

Please feel free to distribute widely to your MO members. I will be looking for help with future publications and expert commentaries. Feedback on the publication is also welcome.

Best wishes
Duncan Reid
IFOMPT Vice President

Proposal to explore a new route to MACP membership

26th Jan 2012

Proposal to explore a new route to MACP membership......

In the last year, the MACP has taken the decision to end the option of the portfolio route to membership for any new entrants. This was not an easy decision to take, but it was taken for several important reasons.

The route offered an alternative route to membership for people not wishing, or not able, to undertake a university based programme. During the 10 years that the route was in place 34 new members used it to gain membership of the MACP. A significant proportion of these (15) had already gained a post graduate qualification in another IFOMPT recognised country, with the rest using the route as their primary means of gaining MACP membership, and submitting totally new evidence to support this. In the same time period, 575 new members have joined through the HEI route to membership.

For those people in the first category, the portfolio route consisted of them submitting their portfolio of evidence, which was, for the most part, copies of their post graduate training programme and placements etc. For those in the second category, they were required to generate new evidence of their reasoning, of clinical placements, case studies etc, in line with IFOMPT requirements.

Although the MACP had identified a contact person for people on the portfolio route to membership, their role was predominantly to assess the portfolio once it was submitted, and to help with queries relating to the process of submission. Their role was not to act in a mentoring or course leader role. The support mechanisms and governance arrangements for those on the portfolio route were felt by the Executive Committee to be at odds with those offered by university-based courses, and as such, it was felt that the process was much less transparent than it should have been, and much less supportive for those choosing this route.

The Executive Committee felt that a complete review of the portfolio route was required, to explore its uptake, its support mechanisms for students, its governance arrangements, documentation, fees and parity with the university-based routes to membership.

The Executive Committee are committed to exploring a viable alternative route to membership, provided that this route offers the same level of support and governance for those undertaking it, and as long as it is financially viable, both for the MACP and those on the route. The value of a portfolio route in maintaining an alternative route to membership is acknowledged and valued, and is important for the MACP to be as inclusive as possible. However, it is essential that portfolio route offers the same high standards and support mechanisms as the university based routes.

We are looking for someone with the relevant experience and expertise to review the portfolio model, and to help us to devise, if possible, an alternative route to membership that fulfils the above requirements. We are looking for someone with a broad range of relevant experience to undertake this review, and feel that an excellent knowledge of the MACP and its commitments are essential.

We are looking for someone with:
Course leadership experience in a course leading to MACP membership
CEA or Executive Committee experience
Excellent communication skills
MACP membership (preferably)

The task:
To explore the viability of alternative routes to MACP membership, which offer equitable standards and governance arrangements, and support to students as the university based routes to membership. Any alternative route to membership must fulfil the requirements of the IFOMPT Standards Committee, and be financially sustainable for the MACP. We would expect a report and recommendations to be produced, which outlines viable alternative options, clearly stating the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.

We expect this process to take 9-12 months to complete. We would expect updates to be sent to the Chair of the MACP and the Chair of CEA for each of the Executive Committee meetings and for the person undertaking the review to present their findings to the Executive Committee in person on completion.

We aim to start this process in May 2012 with a view to completion by May 2013

Executive Committee meetings are held 5 times a year, and the successful applicant will liaise with the Chair of the Executive Committee and submit a report prior to each meeting. Meeting dates will be confirmed in due course.
CEA meetings dates will also be confirmed on appointment. These are help 3 times per year

The MACP will pay £2000 as a fee for completion of this work. The MACP will also cover all travel, accommodation and subsistence costs in line with our usual expenses policy. Additional funding will need to be discussed with the Executive Committee.

We are looking make an appointment by the end of March 2012 and require your expressions of interest and a supporting statement of no longer than 1 side of A4 by Feb 20th 2012

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Chris Mercer at:


IFOMPT 2012 - call for papers

9th Jan 2012

IFOMPT 2012, Quebec - Deadline for calls for papers & abstract submissions, Platform Presentations, Focused Symposia, Workshops and Posters - 15th January 2012 - click here for details.

Unilateral Recognition

26th Oct 2011

Unilateral Recognition................

MACP members will soon be asked to vote as to whether to allow unilateral recognition of members of the equivalent specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapy groups from Australia and New Zealand. This would mean that members of these organisations from these two countries coming to the UK would be able to gain membership of the MACP based upon their overseas membership. It has already been proposed by IFOMPT that in 2012 there will be reciprocal recognition between all member organisations. However pre-empting this the MACP has been in discussions with Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association, both of which were keen to organise reciprocal recognition earlier. However when Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia consulted with the Australian Physiotherapy Association they were informed that it would not be possible to allow this reciprocal recognition. The Executive committee will be contacting members and asking them to comment and vote on the issue of whether the MACP should unilaterally recognise the equivalent groups in Australia and New Zealand, or whether we should wait until IFOMPT brings in the reciprocal recognition agreement.


10th Oct 2011


This standardised patient reported outcome measure is now available via the CSP website. It contains the following information:

1. The EQ-5D-5L measure

2. The Excel EQ-5D-5L calculator - which converts the descriptive index to a single index and give the change in quality of life score

3. Instructions how to use the calculator, including how to report the findings generated to key stakeholders (In Excel and Word)

4. Support document 'Frequently Asked Questions', based on the advice of those who have experience using the measure in physiotherapy practice

5. Support document 'All about QALYs (quality adjusted life year)', gives comprehensive background to this approach

6. A set of power point slides which explains the background and context as well as detail of the measure, its sensitivity and appropriateness (suitable for use with a physiotherapy service)


Elsevier book club

30th Sep 2011

Elsevier Health - Special book club offers for MACP members - 25% discount - Elsevier and the MACP have teamed up to offer members this 25% discount on all physiotherapy titles until the end of December 2011 (member log in required) - click here for details

Independent Prescribing

28th Sep 2011

Independent Prescribing -
The consultation regarding giving physiotherapists independent prescribing rights has now been opened by the Department of Health. To add to this consultation visit:

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