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Physiotherapists role in chronic pain is the theme for World Physiotherapy Day 2019
by ISCP
in Wed, 2019-07-10 17:16

Chronic pain is a significant global health burden – with low back pain causing more disability than any other condition. The role of physiotherapists in helping people with chronic pain to take control of their condition, increase their activity, and improve their quality of life is the theme of this year’s World Physiotherapy Day on 8 September 2019.

Chronic pain can be associated with a wide range of conditions including low back pain, cervical and thoracic pain, shoulder pain, headache disorders, cancer, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Physiotherapists/Physical Therapists have unique skills to recommend specific exercise programmes to help relieve chronic pain.

The benefits of using exercise to manage chronic pain include:

• maintaining flexibility and movement
• improving cardiovascular health
• building and keeping muscle tone
• improving mood and general wellbeing
• helping control pain
• increasing confidence to take part in activities
• taking back control of your life and reducing your fear.

WCPT President Emma Stokes said: ‘People who have chronic pain tell us that it can be difficult to get or stay active. But a physical therapist can work with you to suggest activities or a programme that’s right for you. They can help you understand how pain works, reduce your fears around pain, educate you about your condition, encourage you to take part safely in physical activity, build your confidence, help you remain or return to work or participate in activities that allow you to live life the way you want to.

‘Talk to a physical therapist and discover how they can help you learn self-management techniques to manage your pain.’

WCPT materials are available and can be viewed here

ISCP branded materials will be available to order in the coming weeks

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World PT Day Members Update
Physiotherapists role in chronic pain is the theme for World Physiotherapy Day 2019
by ISCP
in Wed, 2019-07-10 17:15

Chronic pain is a significant global health burden – with low back pain causing more disability than any other condition. The role of physiotherapists in helping people with chronic pain to take control of their condition, increase their activity, and improve their quality of life is the theme of this year’s World Physiotherapy Day on 8 September 2019.

Chronic pain can be associated with a wide range of conditions including low back pain, cervical and thoracic pain, shoulder pain, headache disorders, cancer, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Physiotherapists/Physical Therapists have unique skills to recommend specific exercise programmes to help relieve chronic pain.

The benefits of using exercise to manage chronic pain include:

• maintaining flexibility and movement
• improving cardiovascular health
• building and keeping muscle tone
• improving mood and general wellbeing
• helping control pain
• increasing confidence to take part in activities
• taking back control of your life and reducing your fear.

WCPT President Emma Stokes said: ‘People who have chronic pain tell us that it can be difficult to get or stay active. But a physical therapist can work with you to suggest activities or a programme that’s right for you. They can help you understand how pain works, reduce your fears around pain, educate you about your condition, encourage you to take part safely in physical activity, build your confidence, help you remain or return to work or participate in activities that allow you to live life the way you want to.

‘Talk to a physical therapist and discover how they can help you learn self-management techniques to manage your pain.’

WCPT materials are available and can be viewed here

ISCP branded materials will be available to order in the coming weeks

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Press Releases
Irish Physiotherapists Share Best Practice With Colleagues Around the World
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in Wed, 2019-07-10 16:49

Four Irish physiotherapists will this week take part in an international three day virtual event which aims to share best practice across the world on keeping people up, dressed and moving. 

The End PJ Paralysis Online Summit event will run continuously for 72 hours from today (10th) through the 11th and 12th July. 

Physiotherapists Tatiana McManus, Edel O'Malley and Nomsa Gusha-Zinyemb all work in the Royal Donnybrook Hospital, Dublin and their session looks at "Endpjparalysis practical steps to increase physical activity on an Irish Ortho Geriatriac Unit and Neurospecialist rehabilitation unit". Senior Physiotherapist Peter Ward from Beaumont Hospital looks at Staff Members Perceptions of the EndPJParalysis Initiative in Ireland.

End PJ Paralysis has become a global movement embraced by nurses, therapists and medical colleagues.  Its aim is to value patients’ time and help more people to live the richest, fullest lives possible by reducing immobility, muscle deconditioning, and dependency at the same time as protecting cognitive function, social interaction and dignity. 

There is plenty of evidence that immobility in hospital leads to deconditioning, loss of functional ability and cognitive impairment, all of which have the potential to increase a patient’s length of stay, using up their valuable time. 

One of the major impacts of the End PJ Paralysis campaign has been the focus on both the individual and the impact of ‘staying in bed’. 

You can register and view the schedule for for the free online summit at https://endpjparalysis.org/

Image Source: https://endpjparalysis.org/

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ISCP Blog
Join our team! Professional Development Coordinator - Physiotherapist
by ISCP
in Thu, 2019-05-30 14:16

Applications are now being accepted for full time Professional Development Coordinator (or equivalent in part time roles) for an initial two year fixed term contract to coordinate HSE funded CPD courses on behalf of physiotherapists working in the public health service.

Closing date for application is 9 am on Tuesday 4th June. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 11th & 12th June 2019. Read the full job discription and apply at https://www.jobs.ie/ApplyForJob.aspx?Id=1809399
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Campaigns
Managing Pain
by ISCP
in Thu, 2019-05-09 16:44

We recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health News: Managing Pain campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Irish Independent newspaper and the content is available online at healthnews.ie The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices on how a multidisciplinary approach can help you to find the best treatment for your pain. Special thanks to Chartered Physiotherapist Niall Halliday and Julie Sugrue for their expert advice. 

Niall Halliday, Chairperson of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Pain Management group, looks at the complexity of persistent pain, its impact on your life, and the role of the physiotherapist in implementing coping strategies to help manage your painhttp://bit.ly/2Yn3yiz

Julie Sugrue, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at Beaumont Hospital, on using physiotherapy for neck pain in order to manage migraine http://bit.ly/2H9zWzf

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Campaigns
Making Every Contact Count
by ISCP
in Thu, 2019-04-18 15:42

The Making Every Contact Count Programme was established by the HSE to support the prevention and management of Chronic disease.

It is a key priority of the Healthy Ireland agenda, which aims to improve the health of the whole population.

For more information and to register, go to http://learning.makingeverycontactcount.ie/users/sign_in

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Press Releases
ISCP & CPPP Join forces with TM3!
by ISCP
in Fri, 2019-04-12 10:31

The ISCP and CPPP are delighted to announce our new commercial partnership with the leading patient and clinic management system TM3 

This partnership with TM3 will help our members with the management of clinics through discounted pricing and incentives for TM3 products and services.

Speaking about the partnership Ruaidhri O’Connor, Chief Executive, ISCP commented: 

The ISCP is delighted to partner with Blue Zinc IT in enabling our members access TM3 products and services at a discounted rate which will increase their clinical efficiency and result in improved patient service outcomes. 

Kyle Lunn, Managing Director, Blue Zinc IT added: 

‘We are delighted to launch this partnership with the ISCP and CPPP, which continues the many years of working with physiotherapists in Ireland that we have enjoyed. Our solutions are designed with the clinician and clinic in mind and we are proud of our record of bringing innovation to the physiotherapy market. We look forward to working with ISCP and CPPP members more closely than ever and ensuring that they have a strong voice in informing our product development roadmap. 

Margaret Hanlon, Chair, CPPP: 

The team at Blue Zinc have been most helpful in advising the CPPP on GDPR, technology in clinical practice and on the use of technology to improve access to private physiotherapy services. Therefore we are delighted to form a partnership with them so that we can continue to facilitate the growth of our businesses together

About TM3 

TM3 is a world leading patient and clinic management system developed by Irish company Blue Zinc IT Ltd, based in Belfast. 

Blue Zinc launched TM2, the predecessor to TM3, in 2004 and help thousands of clinicians in Ireland, the UK and Australia with their solutions. 

TM3 was launched in 2016 as a web application and is the latest generation of patient and clinic management solution, with rich functionality to aid the clinic, securely host data and provide specialist features for the rehabilitation market. In addition, patients can benefit from secure, live online booking and appointment management. 

Benefits of the partnership 

The healthcare industry is undergoing huge change both globally and locally, with increased focus on service delivery, data security, clinical record keeping and data analysis. 

Clinics that use TM3 see a range of benefits including: 

- improved operations and efficiency 

- improved patient service 

- improved GDPR compliance 

- enhanced clinical record taking and analysis 

Strong clinic operations and patient service aids clinics and clinicians in providing the highest levels of clinical service and the ability to collect and analyse data is a cornerstone of modern healthcare. 

By making TM3 products and services more accessible and cheaper for their members, the ISCP and CPPP are supporting their members in operating in the wider healthcare market. 

Blue Zinc are offering a range of discounts and incentives to ISCP and CPPP members and will also provide a platform for members to play a strong role in influencing product development to ensure their ongoing needs are being met. 

Links: ISCP – www.iscp.ie

CPPP – www.cppp.ie

TM3 – www.tm3pm.com

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CORU Registration
Letter of Good Standing for those who worked in Australia prior to 2010
by ISCP
in Wed, 2019-04-10 12:08

Updated information on Letters of Good Standing for Australia for those who worked there before 2010

Please Note this information is more recent than the information in the April 2019 edition of Firsthand**

 

Did you work in Australia before 2010 ( i.e. before AHPRA was established)?

The ISCP has been working with AHPRA to assist members with the process.  

Why am I being asked for this now?

CORU did not ask for Letters of Good Standing (LoGS) with the other documentation it requested as part of the initial application process.

This is because regulatory bodies often have agreements with regulatory bodies in other countries whereby they can obtain these letters directly from each other. If you worked in the UK for example – CORU would contact the HCPC for such a letter.

Unfortunately, there is not an agreement in place with the Australian Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) which means that CORU may write to you to ask you to obtain this  Letter of Good Standing  from AHPRA if you are in this category. However, it is better to wait and see if CORU does contact you.

If you worked in Australia before 2010 and registered with the specific state or territory* where you worked (and you did not register with APHRA immediately after it was established) you now CAN apply to AHPRA.

  1. AHPRA has now said it will try to provide ‘legacy data’  if it can access information through the previous State* Boards.

(Previously AHPRA had said it was unable to do this because it did not ‘inherit’ older files from the individual States/Territories* when it took over in 2010, however it has since clarified that it will try to provide the information).

  1. APHRA will accept applications by email – but you must send a copy by post also
  1. AHPRA  will send the Letter directly to CORU.

Do you still (by any chance)  have all your annual certificates of registration  issued by the registration councils in the state/territory in which you worked?.

If you have these, submit proofed copies of them and explain in a cover note that you have a certificate for every year that you practised and that the last one covers the period up to the day you stopped work in Australia and that you were not a registrant of APRHA because it was not established before you left work in Australia.

The process to follow for application to AHPRP

If you do not have these certificates –please see details on the process as well as the application form and template cover letter (attached separately)  both of which you need to print, complete and scan to AHPRA.

*States in Australia: New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (Qld), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (Tas), Victoria (Vic) and Western Australia (WA), and two territories, the Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

**Since the e-zine and Firsthand on updates for s91 applicant issued, some members notified me to say that they had been able to access a Letter of Good Standing through Australian Health Professions’ Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) even though they worked in Australia prior to AHPRA’s establishment in 2010 (when it took over from the individual State and Territory regulators). As this was different to the information AHPRA had given to some applicants (and to me when I contacted AHPRA subsequently)  I went back to seek further clarification.

The clarification received from AHPRA is that it can issue some form of confirmation to CORU for those who worked in Australia before AHPRA was established (2010).

Thank you to those of you who took the time to contact me to tell me that your experience was different. As a consequence the process will be ‘easier’ for those who have to get Letters of Good Standing for working in Australia before 2010.

Esther-Mary D’Arcy

Professional Advisor

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Members Update
Member Update: Tax Relief on CPD Course Fees
by ISCP
in Wed, 2019-02-27 16:43
We have received the below update from our Tax Advisor's regarding  tax relief for course fees paid by physiotherapists.

EMPLOYEES
  • Physiotherapists can, as an employee, claim relief on CPD expenses incurred under the Allowable expenses incurred in Employment (Line 55) of their annual Form 12 return. This should be referenced as ‘Education and training required to perform duties of physiotherapy’. 
  • The expense must be incurred by the employee. Any rebate will be issued following review by the Revenue Commissioners of your completed Form 12 return.
  • Expenses related to Formal Postgraduate Education e.g. PGCert, PGDip, MSc, PhD, is not included in this as there are separate regulations related to how one can claim on this type of Education. Details of this are available on the citizen’s information website here
     

EMPLOYERS/SELF EMPLOYED

  • If the cost is borne by the company and paid on behalf of employees, the cost will be tax deductible by the company, as an expense and no Benefit In Kind issue should arise  for the  employee. Any invoices by the service provider should be issued to the company.
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Press Releases
Physiologix Sports Supports & the ISCP join forces!
by ISCP
in Wed, 2018-12-05 16:02

Pictured at the partnership launch at ISCP Conference in November: Gay Peart-Murphy, Kieran Quinn (Fleming Medical), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Marie Guidon, Neville Moore (Fleming Medical).
 

Limerick based Fleming Medical has teamed up with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in a partnership that sees the ISCP officially recognising the Physiologix range of supports & tapes.

The Physiologix range belongs to a stable of brands from Fleming Medical which also includes Medicare, Irelands No. 1 pharmacy only First Aid brand. 

As part of the recognition process, the product range had to go through rigorous testing and inspection by a chosen panel of chartered physiotherapists over a 3 month period, the panel then gave the approval for the recognition.

It is intended that each Physiologix product will have a ‘recognised by the ISCP’ communication on pack, the range is available through pharmacies nationwide.

It is intended to use the ISCP’s Private Practice group to promote the recognition through their communication channels and branch network down to its members.

Fleming Medical intends to us the CPPP network to train pharmacies and clubs on sports therapy in localised sports therapy workshop sessions nationwide;

Founded by CEO, Mark Fleming 30 years ago in Limerick, Fleming Medical now employs more than 60 people and is a trusted partner for Irish and international pharmacists and healthcare providers in the delivery of quality healthcare products.

The range of tapes & supports is ISCP’s choice for more severe and permanent injuries or injuries with reduced function.  Each Physiologix product has been developed & designed to provide firm support that enables effective stabilisation & effective compression for the user.

Commenting on the partnership Chief Executive of the ISCP Ruaidhri O’Connor said, “We are delighted to work with Fleming Medical as a new partner. We are looking forward to working together on the partnership with our members & seeing our brand on Physiologix products in pharmacies nationwide”.

Ruaidhri O’Connor, CEO, ISCP.

Mark Fleming, MD Fleming Medical said,“The products in our Physiologix range are based on our most advanced designs & materials to date designed in conjunction with physiotherapists. We are delighted to partner with ISCP which will give our product a clinical recognition for professional physiotherapists”.

Mark Fleming, MD Fleming Medical.

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For further information, please contact:

Kieran Quinn                                             Ruaidhri O’Connor

Fleming Medical                                        ISCP

(087) 0624743                                           (01) 4022771

kieran@flemingmedical.ie                        ruaidhrioconnor@rcsi.ie

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