ISSN 0031 9406
December 1996 Volume 82, No 12
Physiotherapy Journal of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy CSP telephone 0171-306 6666 Journal telephone 0171-306 6662 Journal fax 0171-306 6667
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME ‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.’
As Mr Micawber noted in Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’ this statement is only too true, and sadly applies to some of our fellow members today who turn to their own profession for help. (Now of course they are trying to make 219.95 do the work of 3220, or stretch it even further. ) The Members’ Benevolent Fund was set up as a charity under the auspices of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to help members who were in financial difficulties, usually through illness or low pension. Monthly allowances are going to members who have contracted chronic medical conditions or been involved in accidents and are unable t o work as they would wish. Regular support is also given to a few where family breakup or unemployment has caused major financial problems. Some elderly members, whose pensions so prudently paid during their working lives have been overtaken by inflation, are also helped. The Department of Social Security disregards some charitable payments when assessing the income of applicants for benefits. Sadly the Members’ Benevolent Fund is not able to support needy members even up to this level because t h e income from capital is insufficient. Currently only 3210 a week can be given instead of up to 220. This position has arisen because of the low level of giving over a number of years. The trustees would like to be able to give more
to the beneficiaries regularly but do not wish to cause problems in the future by using capital. Occasional gifts for Christmas, winter fuel or clothing, Easter and summer are given as the Fund’s income allows. We would also like to be able to give more help to those members who appeal to us for help for special equipment to maintain their independence. Charity begins at home - in this season of goodwill and giving will you give t o the MBF? We know most members forget about their own charity. A covenant would be the best way as this gives a regular income t o the Fund. It also enables the income tax you have paid on your donation t o be reclaimed, so increasing your gift. That little extra snack or drink given up each week could be the cost of a meal or the difference between warmth and cold to another member. (Why not photocopy and use the form printed opposite?) Alternatively a donation would be helpful, so why not add the Members’Benevolent Fund to your present list?
is made to the Fund for each card issued and a small percentage is paid every time you use your card. When you are buying your weekly groceries, fuel and clothing you could be helping another member to buy theirs at no additional cost to yourself. In fact you may save yourself money, because there is no annual fee for the CSP card; application forms are available from the Accounts Department of the CSP. Charity begins at home - please encourage your Specific Interest Group, Branch and Board to remember our Benevolent Fund too with collections, gifts or special fundraising events. You could be helping yourself in the future as none of us know whether we may be one of those who will need help. It would be good to know that every member shared Mr Micawber’s state of happiness. With your help this could happen. The Trustees of the Members Benevolent Fund send you seasonal greetings and our thanks.
Ann Compton MCSP Chairman of the Trustees Members’ Benevolent Fund
Why not use a CSP credit card? An initial donation
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE HOW FAR HAVE WE COME? Those who learn to adapt to the changing environment of evidence based practice will survive while those that do not, run the risk of becoming extinct. This was the message of the leading article in the February 1996 issue of Physiotherapy, by Tracy Bury, the Society’s research development officer (Bury, 1996). Officers of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have been playing a n active role in helping to enhance members’ understanding of the culture of evidence based practice, and in creating opportunities for the profession to develop its knowledge base further. This profession is not heading for extinction! A series of workshops on promoting clinical effectiveness is being held around Britain. They seek t o provide a n understanding of the terms ‘clinical effectiveness’, ‘evidence based practice,’ ‘clinical guidelines’ and ‘clinical audit’. Participants are taken through systematic processes of finding the evidence on which practice might be based, of critically appraising that evidence t o determine its reliability, results, and relevance to local practice, and of developing clinical guidelines based on sound evidence. They explore ways t o ensure that, once developed, guidelines are effec-
tively disseminated, implemented and evaluated, t o ensure that good research evidence is indeed applied in practice. Seven Clinical Interest Groups are developing evidence based clinical guidelines. Their subjects are: Early physiotherapy management of the hand following injury or surgery. 0
Symphysis pubis dysfunction.
Protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation (PRICE) management of soft tissue injury during the first 72 hours. 0 Management guidelines for the use of injection therapy by physiotherapists. Acupuncture management of musculoskeletal pain. The use of splinting and casting for adults with neurological dysfunction. The guideline for the management of symphysis pubis dysfunction was launched at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gy-naecologists in November and will be published in full in Physiotherapy in January. The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care and the British Association of Hand Therapists
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