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Focused Symposia

We will be showcasing the latest evidence, innovations and leadership work in our focused symposia sessions and this is for all aspects of physiotherapy which includes service delivery, clinical practice, research and education.

Evolving Practice

2020 brought many challenges and opportunities to health care practitioners. COVID-19 changed the interface physiotherapists had with health care seekers, resulting in many remote patient interactions, face to face contact in PPE and exposing the many health inequalities in the UK. 2020 also saw the further development of advanced practice and first contact physiotherapy roles, with additional guidance from the NHS on educational pathways leading to these roles. 

Physiotherapy MSK clinicians are evolving into more rounded, expert health care professionals, incorporating person-centered care and extending traditional roles from out-patient settings into more diverse and integrated arenas.  

This theme explores the challenges of MSK care in a ‘post-covid’ world, with a focus on the evolution of the contemporary MSK physiotherapy practitioner.

Delivered in partnership with the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Network (APPN)

Transforming Provision

With current healthcare drivers focusing on population health, including health inequalities and how and where care is delivered, how do we understand patient expectations, preferences and needs in order to transform service provision, add value to the patient experience and ensure a workforce fit for purpose? How do we best promote public health and self-efficacy? 

This theme explores patient’s experiences, the use of data collection and service delivery models within the independent and private sectors to understand how care provision is changing along with the challenges and opportunities faced within this sector.

Delivered in partnership with Physio First

The Rehab Challenge

This theme explores how current evidence demonstrates that rehabilitation works, it explores the adaptations of models of care to support the growing community rehabilitation agenda.  

It also looks at current drivers, including population health, which is shaping the changing rehabilitation pathways in acute and community settings and the impact of this on under and post graduate education, research, workforce development and planning.

Delivered in partnership with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) and the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (ATOCP)

Digital Transformation

The 2020 pandemic led to a rapid uptake and expansion in innovations and technology to help deliver patient care. This has led to the need to investigate how we best deliver care in the world post-COVID-19, how do we understand patient expectations, preferences, and needs to transform service provision? How can we minimise health inequalities and promote public health and self-efficacy? This theme explores patient experiences, service delivery models and clinical education to meet current workforce requirements.

Delivered in partnership with the Digital & Informatics Physiotherapy Group (DIPG) 

Submission deadline

The deadline for focused symposia submissions has now closed. If you made a submission you will be advised of the outcome by 19 February 2021.


Focused Symposia Guidelines 2021