Call for Focused Symposia at CSP Conference November 2020 Open!!

Dear ATOCP Members

The ATOCP executive committee are delighted to announce that we will be delivering the ‘Managing multi-systems trauma’ in partnership with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) at next year’s Physiotherapy UK Congress. Information on PTUK 2020 is available below. The conference will run on the 13th / 14th November 2020.

This is the CSP’s centenary and the ATOCP’s 75th birthday – we are planning to have a celebratory networking event during the conference.

The call for focused symposia abstracts is now open!

If you participate in a FS (a 90 minute session with 2-3 speakers and a chair) you will be given a free place at PTUK 2020 on the day you are presenting and the opportunity to purchase a discounted place for the other day.

Please discuss within your teams and across your networks if there is any content you would like to see / contribute towards. We are working closely with the ACPRC and if there is anything you would like from a respiratory perspective to be included, we can assist with coordinating this.

Some examples of what might make an interesting FS include:

  • Advanced practice in orthopaedics / respiratory care
  • Managing the trauma patient in the community
  • Major trauma centre management of the multi systems trauma patient
  • Mental health after trauma
  • Current concepts in the management of the ‘silver’ trauma patient
  • Major trauma in people with frailty
  • Management of the spinal cord injury patient
  • Optimising exercise prescription following orthopaedic surgery
  • Challenging traditional exercises following orthopaedic surgery
  • Optimal orthopaedic rehabilitation after trauma
  • Current concepts of managing pelvic fractures

We would like to invite submissions for anything regarding the management of trauma patients. Abstracts are likely to score higher if they have a respiratory / neurological component and meet the theme descriptor (which has purposely been kept broad).

Even if you cannot contribute we would be very grateful if you could suggest some titles we can put out to the membership.

Please note the closing date for FS abstracts is the 18th December. All guidance is available on the website at the link above. If you are planning to submit a FS abstract please can you let us know so we can coordinate applications. If you need any support with putting these together please email

Many thanks

The ATOCP Exec Committee


Conference Themes 2020

 In the centenary year of the CSP we will be celebrating the best of physiotherapy by showcasing the latest evidence, innovations and leadership

 The five conference themes reflect the breadth and depth of the profession and will focus on the following: 


Managing Complex Pain

This theme explores contemporary physiotherapy practice, across all specialisms, ​ that draws on psychologically informed and social approaches to support people, throughout their lifespan, living with complex pain conditions.  

Delivered in partnership with the Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA).


Exercise and Decision Making

As a core pillar of physiotherapy practice, exercise is the golden thread that underpins many physiotherapists' interactions with patients and the population.

This theme will build on the learning of physiotherapists involved in sport and exercise at all levels from recreational athletes and general population through to professional and elite athletes. The decision-making and clinical reasoning processes relating to optimal loading and periodisation will have echoes throughout the profession to enable an enhanced understanding of several core principles. Delivered in partnership with The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in sports and exercise medicine (ACPSEM)


Leading for Change 

Preparing the workforce to be fit for the future

With changing models of care and a rapid growth in technology and innovation, advances in practice and service delivery are required. This theme explores how the workforce needs to develop to be fit for the future from support workers to advanced practitioners.


Managing Multi system Trauma

This theme explores the integrated approach to the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered major system trauma, complications, both physical and psychological and require multi systems support, across the whole pathway.

Delivered in partnership with Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (ATOCP) and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC).


Ageing Well

In the context of an ageing population where more care is delivered closer to home and a current focus on prevention and community rehabilitation, this theme explores how physiotherapy is at the forefront of new models of care, service delivery and workforce development in response to increasing demand.

Delivered in partnership with Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People (AGILE).

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