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The ISCP became aware last week that the Department of Health has advertised for the post of Chief Nursing Officer with a remit for a Health and Social Care Professions Adviser. The ISCP reacted swiftly to this outrageous development and immediately took the following actions:

    Health and Social Care Professions Alliance (HSCPA*)

    (An alliance of 40,000 health and social care professionals in Ireland)

    1. The HSCPA calls for the establishment of an independent Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Unit in the Department of Health.


    The current General Election campaign is a critically important time for increasing awareness of the main issues facing physiotherapists and other health and social care professions.
    The ISCP is one of 10 member organisations in the Health and Social Care Alliance (HSCPA) that have joined together to launch a national and members grassroots lobbying campaign targeting two joint demands and one profession specific demand to be asked of all political parties and individual election candidates.


    The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is currently recruiting a highly motivated individual for the position of Head of Professional Development. This is a full-time permanent role and the successful candidate will be the leader of the Professional Development team. The post-holder will have a background in healthcare/education, with experience in the development of continuing professional development (CPD) structures and programmes in health professions education.


    A new free online educational resource for postnatal mothers is being launched today 21st October 2019. This 4 week course has been developed by the The Maternal Health and Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) team, Women's Health chartered physiotherapists Cinny Cusack and Niamh Kenny from the Rotunda Hospital and maternal health experts including perinatal psychiatry.


    What do terms like “Positive Ageing”, “Active Ageing” or “Successful Ageing” mean? As a Chartered Physiotherapist working with older adults, I ask my patients what it means to them as the answer is unique to that individual. Do they define it in physical terms – that they can walk without an aid, or continue to take part in an activity they love? Is it being able to live as an active participant of their family? Do they place high importance on maintaining their cognitiveability or mental clarity?

    Stephen Swanton

    The Society would like to  once again thank Dr O'Halloran and Prof Hobbelen for their excellent presentations at the Paul Wagstaff Commemorative Lecture. 

    Attached are the slides from the evening. 


    The ISCP supports the Irish Heart Foundation this September for their month-long heart health campaign, ‘Escape Your Chair’.

    September is Heart Month and this campaign aims to raise awareness of prolonged sitting as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A recent survey by the Irish Heart Foundation revealed that the average person in Ireland sits down for 7.3 hours a day. The campaign aims to inform and advise about the dangers of sitting too much.

    World Physiotherapy Day takes place on September 9th and this year's campaign is focused around the theme of chronic pain and the role that physiotherapy and physical activity has in its management and treatment. As World Physiotherapy Day falls on a Sunday this year, we are encouraging members to host their events on Friday the 6th.