Marking Milestones

Marking Milestones

727 ISSN 0031 9406 October 10,1992 Volume 78,No 10 Journal of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 14 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4ED Telephone 071-...

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ISSN 0031 9406

October 10,1992 Volume 78,No 10

Journal of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 14 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4ED Telephone 071-242 1941 Fax 071-831 4509

MARKING MILESTONES It is now 23 years since the Chartered Society, in a policy statement, agreed that some of the future physiotherapists should qualify with graduate status. This policy was subsequently amended in 1979 when it became an avowed objective that physiotherapy should become an all-graduate profession, although DES and DHSS funding for this objective was not then forthcoming. During the 1980s more schools fostered links with highef education, many becoming sited within the educational sphere while others developed validation links but retained a Health Service base. Increasingly more schools achieved degree status, especially after the embargo on paramedical degrees was lifted in 1988,and it became apparent that those educational establishments without a degree to offer prospective physiotherapy students would fail to survive. The long-standing national examinations system operated by the Chartered Society had now been overtaken, and it was scheduled to end in 1992. The development of internalised and degree courses has made great demands on both academic and clinical staff. Departments are heavily relied upon to participate in programmes of clinical education, with the development of objectives, learning contracts and assessment criteria, while the educationists are striving to produce a problem-solving, reflective practitioner, with sufficient flexibility to adapt to the demands of patient care.

It was in May this year during a meeting of the Joint Validation and Recognition Panel that the news was broken that physiotherapy had become an all-graduate profession. All students nationwide who start their education in this academic year will qualify with at least a degree, and in most cases an honours degree. A milestone has been achieved.

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A s t h e concept of a n all-graduate profession became closer t o reality, m o r e physiotherapists gained f i r s t a n d h i g h e r degrees; and in J u n e t h i s year t h e f i r s t professor o f physiotherapy in t h e U n i t e d K i n g d o m was appointed. T h i s appointment m a r k s a considerable milestone in t h e recognition a n d advancement o f o u r profession; and we hope that it w i l l b e t h e f i r s t o f many. Those physiotherapists w h o q u a l i f i e d w i t h o u t a degree have n o t been forgotten in t h e i r need for professional development. U n d e r t h e banner o f PACE Physiotherapy Access t o C o n t i n u i n g E d u c a t i o n - it i s n o w possible t o achieve an honours degree o r a D i p l o m a in Advanced Physiotherapy Studies. Physiotherapists have t h e f a c i l i t y t o accumulate credit p o i n t s at different levels in areas o f personal and professional interest towards t h e award o f t h e i r choice. The Chartered Society w o r k i n g in conjunction with t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Greenwich h a s n o w m a d e available t o members, o n a distancel e a r n i n g basis, t h e o p p o r t u n i t y for t h e academic recognition o f professional study. T h i s i s y e t another milestone that h a s been reached in 1992.

extend t h e practice of c l i n i c a l research t o provide a firm scientific base for o u r skills. We i n t e n d t o develop o u r PACE arrangements and enable physiotherapists t o achieve postgraduate awards in physiotherapy o n a s i m i l a r distance-learning basis. Masters’ degrees are an obvious f u r t h e r development, and many schools o f physiotherapy w i l l undoubtedly develop t h e i r o w n masters’ courses, w h i c h should provide a reasonable geographical d i s t r i b u t i o n t o support t h e m a j o r i t y of o u r membership. W h o w o u l d have t h o u g h t that so m u c h w o u l d be achieved in such a short t i m e ? Very many people have been involved in these developments and I am p r o u d t o b e able t o acknowledge a l l t h e hard w o r k that h a s been u n d e r t a k e n by b o t h members and headquarters staff over recent years. We have been able t o fulfil student expectations, and respond t o t h e needs of t h e profession. However, we s h a l l endeavour t o progress and w o r k for t h e overall benefit G f t h e patient, and n o doubt in t h e f u t u r e we s h a l l reach many m o r e milestones along o u r many diverse paths.

It i s n o w less than t w o years t o o u r Centenary celebrations in 1994. What do we hope t o achieve in educational spheres before then? We aim t o develop f u r t h e r a research philosophy in t h e workplace, and

Julia Lamb


Chairman of the Education Committee Chartered Society of Physiotherapy


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