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Call for abstracts


The ICC Birmingham

The submission deadline for abstracts has now passed and all authors will be contacted in the week commencing 2 July. All successful abstracts will be added to the programme online by 18 July.

All abstracts that are included in the conference will be published in an online supplement of Physiotherapy following the conference. Every abstract will be published with a direct object identifier (DOI) which is a permanent online link making referencing easier.

Student poster awards

The CSP is inviting abstract submissions for the student poster awards based upon work undertaken by physiotherapy students due to complete their studies in 2018.

Only one submission per qualifying programme, selected by the course leader, will be accepted from each higher education institution.

The aim of Physiotherapy UK is to showcase the latest best practice, research, educational and professional developments in physiotherapy.

The three themes on this year’s programme are:

The Musculoskeletal theme addresses the progression of evidence-based practice in MSK treatment and service delivery. It showcases developments in research and practice , service improvement and opportunities for future development. This theme is delivered in partnership with the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. 

Primary Care & Workforce Transformation addresses the current national priorities related to supporting clinical academic careers, developing research and supporting evolution in the workforce. With workforce numbers consistently identified as an area of priority to  meet the needs of the UK health system, this theme will cover developments in education delivery and practice based learning, workforce planning and the role of research. 

Our Rehab Matters theme draws on the CSP’s Rehab Matters campaign, a priority focus area for 2018, reflecting the critical role that rehabilitation plays in reducing dependence, increasing resilience and expediting care. This is vital for the sustainability of universal healthcare in the UK, to provide optimal quality of life to populations and support people to remain in or return to work.This theme is delivered in partnership with AGILE and ACPIN, representing a focus on frailty and long term conditions. 

Abstracts which relate to these four programme themes are invited. The author (or lead author, in the case of group submissions) will receive £300. The second placed author or lead author will receive £200.

How to enter an abstract for the student poster awards

Abstracts are welcome from all 2018 graduates, based on their final year research studies, if related to these topics.  Entries not submitted on behalf of the HEI by the course leader will NOT be eligible for the student poster awards.

Submit two versions of your abstract (one blind, one identified) by emailing the form below to physiotherapyuk@csp.org.uk.

Student poster abstract submission form

Physiotherapy UK 2018 abstract submission guidelines

Physiotherapy UK 2018 submission FAQs

Ethical aspects of research

Please note that if your entry is successful, the selected posters will be on display throughout the event and lead authors will be required to be present to answer questions about their posters at set times during the event.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 31st July 2018.

Terms & conditions for the student poster awards:

1. Only one abstract per HEI per qualifying programme should be submitted. 2. This competition is limited to undergraduates studying on qualifying programmes. 3. Maximum abstract word count 500 words. 4. The winning and second placed authors (lead authors for group submissions) will be required to produce a poster and to attend Physiotherapy UK as a fee-paying delegate in order to be available to answer questions from delegates at set times during the event. 5. Prizes will be awarded to the lead authors only. 6.Authors of highly commended abstracts will be included in the conference programme and website.


The student poster awards are sponsored by Graybrook