£2000 sponsorship is available each year for ATOCP members to assist with the funding of education and research.
**2016 SPONSORSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN** Deadline 1st March 2016.
Please note: As sponsorship money is only available to ATOCP members you will need to log in to download the form which provides details of who is eligible and how to apply.
Sponsorship 2015 examples
Below you will find some examples of sponsorship applications that we have supported over the last couple of years.
PODCAST WITH SALLIE LAMB
ATOCP Podcast now live
The ATOCP are honoured to have sponsored two fantastic “Physio Matters Podcasts” with Professor Sallie Lamb.
Part 1 is now live and a great CPD opportunity for our members. Sallie is a leading Clinical Trialist and Physiotherapist and in Part 1 talks about EBP and research methodology as well as her research into the management of acute, severe ankle sprains.
WORLD CONFEDERATION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY (WCPT)
WCPT represents the worldwide voice of physical therapy. It has 106 member organisations and represents 350,000 physical therapists across the globe. Every 4 years the WCPT hosts a world congress at which physical therapists from around the globe gather to present research and discuss matters relating to practice and education. This year the ATOCP sponsored Dr Simon Barry, Principal Lecturer Coventry University to attend. Please see Simon Barry's report in the documents section below for more details.
FFN Network summary - Winter 2015
4th Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) Global Congress.
3-5th September 2015. Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
FFN is an international network organisation connecting clinicians who work within the field of fragility fractures to promote high quality and cost –effective care. Their aim is to share global practice, promote research and drive policy change within the fragility fracture network.
The following three days was an enlightening and thought provoking mix of topics presented by global experts within the field of fragility fractures across the MDT. Topics ranged from prevention fracture care, perioperative care, implementing change, surgical approaches and rehabilitation after fractures. Audit and research was integrated seamlessly throughout each topic.
Below is a brief summary of a few of these speakers who have inspired me to do more with my hip fracture group of patients within my own workplace.
Mr Martyn Parker (Orthopaedic Consultant, UK) started the proceedings with a reminder about hip fractures and early surgery. A new pilot called the Hip attack is looking to promote centres to establish the optimum surgical time with a focus on reducing mortality, pressure sores and length of stay.
Professor Cathie Sherrington (Physiotherapist, Australia) is investigating post-operative hip fracture rehabilitation. Current Cochrane evidence is limited about the right approach. She is currently investigating this topic and early findings show that mobility is improved if it is part of a structured exercise programme including progressive resistance training provided it is carried out within a hospital setting.
Professor Andrea Maier (Medicine, Netherlands) talked about sarcopenia and the impact of this within the elderly group. One day in bed will cause 15% muscle loss and men appear to be at a higher risk. He argued that it is possible to predict sarcopenia based on walking speed, grip strength and muscle mass prior to injury.
Dr Anthony Johannsen (Ortho-geriatrician, UK) focused on the importance of hip fractures being reviewed by a geriatrician on day one post-operation, as it can have a direct impact on length of stay.
Dr Morten Tange Kristensen (Research Physiotherapist, Denmark) highlighted getting patients mobilising quicker and for this process to be more aggressive and encouraging patients to do more for themselves. He has developed a simple post-op outcome measure called the Cumulated Ambulatory Score (CAS) which has been proved a valid and reliable measure to measure progress and assists with discharge.
Stuart White (Consultant anaesthetist, UK) demonstrated how the type of anaesthetic has influence on mobility the next day and an algorithm pain chart started in ED helps to avoid opioids in this vulnerable group.
Finally, our very own ATOCP committee member, David Keane presented his work on an RCT investigating a close contact casting treatment for unstable ankle fractures. His calm presentation skills to over a hundred listeners proved beneficial as he then went onto win a prize for Best Oral Presentation. What a fantastic achievement for our profession at a global event.
Since my return I have implemented many new changes to our hip fracture pathway and I am looking forward to attending the next congress in Rome in September 2016 to continue this journey. I would recommend and encourage any health care professional to attend this event and you can find further details on their website www.fragilityfracturenetwork.org