April 2006 Newsletter

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April 2006 Newsletter

9th April 2006 in

e-mail: fozzy@fosterclinic.co.uk

Advertising scam:

Some members have reported being contacted by a company called ‘Leisure Medical’ with a view to advertising on GP appointment cards. This company is saying that they received your details from the GCMT, this is not the case. GCMT and LCSP Register do not release or make available members details to third parties and certainly are not ‘endorsing’ this company, its products or services.


It is indeed heartening to see more members making use of the members section of the LCSP Register website, remember access to the members section is via your 4 digit LCSP membership number. Check out the members’ forum section where you will find regular updates of information and also the opportunity to exchange ideas or ask questions with colleagues and associates.


Many thanks to the respondents of the survey forms, some details of the findings are published in this newsletter. I can update figures easily so if you are one of the many who did not reply, please do so, the form is available on the website and you can e-mail it to me, the more response we have the better as it will enable us to organise activities suited to your requirements. Even with the basic information you already supplied enabled me to have evidence of the professional nature of our members and work, and this in turn proved invaluable in the insurance negotiations this year.


Members will all have received bit by bit more information for their LCSP Register Personal Portfolio, keep all these documents safe and use this portfolio to build up your personal professional profile, there will be more information to come in due course. This file is the ideal means in which to keep your certificates for CPD activity, reflective practice analysis, certificates of attendance for AGM’s, first-aid certification, insurance documentation, electrical P.A.T. certificate, fire safety equipment certificate and much more. The time is coming (sooner for some than others) when we all will have to demonstrate and prove our safe and effective practice, and a properly constructed and up to date portfolio will do just this. When the time comes when random checks are being done, I personally would hate to see a good established practitioner having to undergo mentoring or re-training simply because of a lack of documented safe practice.

LCSP Directory of Practitioners / On-line Directory:

Will members please ensure that if they wish to be included in the above directories, they must return the ‘yellow-peril’ form to the office, there is no separate fee for this service, however if your form is not returned with your details you will not be included. Inclusion is NOT automatic.

Anyone for Golf?:

Fozzy your Secretary is up for a game of golf on the Friday afternoon prior to the AGM, if you feel similarly disposed contact me and I will arrange tee time(s), prizes, mickey taking, etc etc…

LCSP Register Members Survey:

Some results of respondents so far:

Place of Practice:
Rented Rooms
Purpose built clinic
GP Surgery/Health Centre
Treatments given per week:
Up to 25
Costs per treatment:
Under £20
£21 – £30
£31 – £40

Of our practitioners 67% are working full time and 33% part time


It is with sadness that we report the death of Mr. Trevor Curtis, of Melksham, Wilts. Trevor had been an active member since 1977. He retired from practice in 1995, found he didn’t like it and resume practice in 1998. We extend condolences to his family, knowing full well he will be missed by many.

Likewise condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mrs. Denise Esposito, of Hoole, Chester. Denise joined as a student in 1997 and quickly became a competent and successful practitioner who will be sadly missed.

Our sympathy is also extended to the family of Mr. Geoffrey Robinson, of Banbury, Oxon, a former FSMT member who joined the Register in September 2001.



2006 AGM and Conference event
May 20/21
The Swallow St. Nicholas Hotel, Scarborough


The venue has been recently refurbished and each of the 138 en-suite rooms provides a comfortable environment, with modern facilities such as satellite television and wireless internet for those clever enough to work it!
There is a leisure club including heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium with free access for guests.
For partners and families both the town centre shopping area and the beaches are within easy walking distance.We have tailored the speaker programme to our needs as working therapists, so I regret there will not be an Orthopaedic Specialist showing us how to replace a hip in your lunch break, or do-it-yourself cruciate ligament grafts with only a Boy Scout penknife!
However there will be;
Dr. Paul Lambden BSc MB BS BDS FDSRCS Eng MRCS (Eng) LRCP (Lond) DRCOG MHSM – a graduate of Medicine, Dentistry and Science at Guy’s Hospital, London. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, he also served as clinical tutor at St. Bartholomew’s, London. A former Chief Executive of East Hertfordshire NHS Trust. More recently a Lecturer in Law and Ethics at Cambridge.
Paul is a regular contributor on healthcare and medical defence topics for television and has been the author or co-author of several textbooks, covering subjects such as law and ethics, Human Rights Act and risk management in medicine. A respected lecturer who will cover a very important subject that we all should be aware of with his presentation entitled; ‘You’ll be hearing from my Solicitor!’
Maggie Dunn the former chief negotiator for UNISON dealing with fitness to practice for medical staff. Maggie is also presently the independent chair of the GCMT.
Come and find out the likely implications of registration for Massage Therapists, it is not a case of ‘if it happens’ it is ‘when it happens’, if you are aware you can plan accordingly.
James Briggs BEd. (Hons), Pg CLTHE, Reg. Practitioner HEA, MSST, LCSP (Phys). Senior Lecturer, Allied Health Professions Unit, University of Central Lancashire.
James is an established and successful practitioner and author of ‘Sports Therapy: Theoretical and Practical Thoughts and Considerations’. His presentation entitled ‘Sport Therapy and Evidence Based Practice’ will not only give an overview of Sports Therapy, but will also explore research and evidence based practice that will be of relevance to all practitioners
Robert Simmons BSc Ost Med, Dip Ost, Cert Ed, PCET, MASGBI, Registered Osteopath.
Robert has his own very successful private practice in Surrey and his special area of expertise is Biomechanics and the effects of misalignment on the musculoskeletal system. He is an established lecturer in his field having taught for four years at Kingston University and further lectured at Middlesex University and the Anatomy dept. of St. Georges’ Medical School in London. His presentation entitled ‘Housing the Lesion’ will explore the aspects of adaptation, how postural, congenital and the effects of trauma all collude to hide the source of the primary lesion. Once identified ‘Housing the Lesion’ is about supporting the area that is either worn or has become unstable, by increasing the ability of the surrounding structures to take up the load or forces acting on the damaged area.
By popular demand there will again be an opportunity for members to address questions to speakers and Council on the Sunday.There can be little doubt that your Council have this year made considerable changes and amendments to both the running of the Register on a day to day basis and the support and infrastructure surrounding it and you.Make an effort this year and support the Register that is clearly supporting you.

AGM Saturday 21st May commences 10.00am prompt.
(Registration from 0930)

Booking forms have already been sent to you and are also available on the website in the members’ noticeboard section.

Certificates of attendance will be provided.

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