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Discount for MACP members on course

10th Oct 2017

The PDC have been able to secure 20% discount for MACP members to attend the following courses:

KNOW PAIN - A Practical Guide for Therapeutic Neuroscience Education.
Tutor: Mike Stewart.

If you wish to receive this discounted rate then please contact Mike Stewart directly . He will inform you to which courses this discounted rate applies. Can you please inform him of your name and MACP membership number.

Jayne Davies MSc MCSP MMACP.
MACP CO-CHAIR of CEPD (Professional Development)

MACP - Free CPD event for members

30th Aug 2017

MACP - Free CPD event for members before the AGM!

The MACP Annual General Meeting will be hosted at the Physio UK Conference at the Birmingham International Convention Centre on Friday 10th November 2017.

There will be a free CPD event for members before the AGM delivered by Professor Deborah Falla.

Motor adaptations in people with spinal pain: Implications for exercise prescription

This lecture is Free for MACP members, however we will open it up to non-members on the day of the conference. Therefore, to ensure that all members that wish to attend the lecture are able to we would ask you to reserve your place via our online booking system below.

Calling all Progressive Physiotherapists! Be among the first to join the MACP through our NEW Portfolio route.

10th Jul 2017

The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) would like to announce the re-introduction of the celebrated Portfolio Route to MACP membership. This route to membership will be open from 1st July 2017.

This route is particularly attractive to those:

- Chartered Physiotherapists who have successfully completed modules/units of study in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) which can be mapped against the learning outcomes of International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

- Chartered Physiotherapists who have successfully completed modules/units of study as part of an approved route to full MACP membership, but who may not have had the opportunity to undertake a period of clinical mentorship.

- Physiotherapists who were previously a member of an IFOMPT Member Organisation (MO), but are unable to join through reciprocal recognition

We can only accept a limited number of applications this quarter, So don't delay and register your interest today at


Portfolio Route Leaders
You can informally contact one of the Route leaders to explore your interest in applying for the Portfolio Route and discuss your personal circumstances and/or register your interest by emailing Guidance in developing your portfolio is provided by the Portfolio Handbook and through Route leaders.


What makes up a portfolio of evidence for eligibility to full MACP Membership?

Evidence for your portfolio can be drawn from a variety of sources and should be mapped against the MACP criteria and the ten IFOMPT Dimensions details of which can be found in the Portfolio Handbook.


What will it cost?

For full registration on the Portfolio Route there is a registration payment of £250. The costs cover the assessment, feedback and return postage of the portfolio. If following the assessment the portfolio requires further revision, the resubmission may be subject to further costs. These costs are at the discretion of the Route Leaders


22nd May 2017

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have produce guidance for its members when working with patients usingTransdermal patches.

Transdermal patches using opioid medicines if exposed to increased temperatures are linked to serious side effects in patients. This could include use in hydrotherapy pools or extreme exercise which may raise body temperature. Side effects may be life threatening including death, which is caused by the increased absorption of the opioid medicine at these higher temperatures.

For more information please refer to the link below:

Cauda equina syndrome reference card

8th May 2017

Cauda equina syndrome reference card

You can use this template to create your own cards acknowledging the work by Dr Susan Greenhalgh, Chris Mercer and Laura Finucane.

Click to download


Public Health England: active 10 app trial on Patients

28th Mar 2017

As part of the Public Health England 'One You Campaign' ( they have launched an 'Active 10 smartphone app' with the aim of encouraging the public/patients to use this app to increase their activity levels and its focus is on getting people who are completely inactive to start somewhere.

MACP members:

If you would like to take part in trialling this app and feedback please log onto the MACP website as a member - the full text and details of how to participate will be shown on the Member News page.

Aspiring ESP? Then this is the course for you

14th Mar 2017

Aspiring ESP? Intro to MSk radiology course is running in Kent - 23/4/17 Knee, 29/04 Shoulder, 30/04 Lumbar: Further info and booking:


IFOMPT 2016 Keynote Videos

10th Mar 2017

The MACP have recorded 12 hours of keynote speaker presentations from IFOMPT 2016 international conference. The videos have been digitally recorded for sound and visual quality and are available now for free on the MACP YouTube Channel.

Letter from Children's Hospice Association Scotland

19th Oct 2016

Letter from CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland) thanking IFOMPT2016 for their donation.

Letter from CHAPS

Personalised rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and spinal pain studentships

12th Oct 2016

Personalised rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and spinal pain studentships

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Birmingham


We have up to 3 funded PhD studentships available in the field of personalised rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and spinal pain.

These PhDs are available full time and are campus based.


Deadline: 2nd November 2016

Interview date: Monday 7th November pm

Start date: January 2017


Research focus

It is widely acknowledged that assessment and management of musculoskeletal and spinal pain disorders is an international challenge and comes at great patient and societal cost, particularly as many problems become long term chronic conditions. In the UK, direct costs of low back pain alone are estimated to be £2.8 billion annually. We are developing and validating new assessment protocols which offer new opportunities to objectively characterise the presentation of patients presenting with musculoskeletal and spinal pain. As a result this enables appropriate identification of patient-specific safe targeted interventions. Effective targeted rehabilitation can enable improved effectiveness (clinical and cost) as it identifies which patients to target with specific rehabilitation approaches, and therefore enables more effective use of rehabilitation resources. The process of developing effective targeted rehabilitation is lengthy and requires several stages to ensure rigour and applicability to practice.



These PhDs are supervised by an experienced team of researchers in spinal pain, musculoskeletal pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy: Professor Deborah Falla, Dr Alison Rushton and Dr Nicola Heneghan.


PhD projects

- Understanding the mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain

- Enhanced management of acute post-traumatic pain for the prevention of chronic pain and disability

- Enhanced management of idiopathic spinal pain for the prevention of chronic pain and disability


How to Apply

Prospective students are advised to contact the Postgraduate Office for guidance before making a formal application. Formal applications should be made using the University of Birmingham Online Application Service. For information on how to apply online, please see:


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