WCPT Network for physical therapists working with individuals with limb loss or limb absence

Contact details

Physiotherapy Department
Maltings Mobility Centre
Herbert Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1NQ
United Kingdom

WCPT Network for physical therapists working with individuals with limb loss or limb absence (WCPT AR Network)

The aims of this network are:

  1. To encourage, promote and facilitate the interchange of ideas, research, knowledge and skills in amputee rehabilitation for education and practice:
    • sharing clinical guidelines;
    • discussing and promoting the use of outcome measures;
    • support pre-registration education.
  2. To develop post registration education in amputee rehabilitation.
  3. To provide support and information between members of the network
The WCPT Network for physical therapists working with individuals with limb loss or limb absence is using people first language in its title but this may be shortened to the WCPT AR Network (where AR stands for Amputee Rehabilitation).

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Membership

Membership of the WCPT AR Network is open to physical therapists working or interested in working, in amputee rehabilitation, who belong to a WCPT member organisation.  Membership of the WCPT AR Network is free.  You can apply for membership by sending an email with your name, country, WCPT member organisation you belong to, professional background and field of expertise to louise.tisdale@nhs.net. Through your membership you will be linked with colleagues who share the same background and interests, in your own country and worldwide.

WCPT AR Network membership is also open to other disciplines, provided these members form no greater than 30% of the total membership.  Acceptance of such applicants will therefore be at the discretion of the WCPT AR Network facilitators.

WCPT AR Network members have the opportunity to meet face to face at the following event:

  • 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, 11-12 November 2016

    Louise Tisdale and a number of the facilitators are planning to attend this congress and hoping to organise a meeting of the WCPT AR Network.

Resources

Clinical guidelines

Australia

New Zealand

United Kingdom

  • Exercise Therapy for Patients with Intermittent Claudication: an evidence based guideline. SPARG, Jan 2012.
  • Clinical Guidelines for the Pneumatic Post Amputation Mobility Aid. SPARG, 2008.

United States of America

Organisations

  • BACPAR is a professional network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK.
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) is a global multidisciplinary organization aiming to improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices. ISPO addresses the needs of both industrial and less resourced regions, advocating for best practices to governments and non-governmental organisations and advising on key relevant issues.
  • SPARG is a special interest group for all physiotherapists in Scotland with a clinical responsibility for patients with amputations. SPARG produce an annual report on the demographic profile, rehabilitation milestones and outcomes of all people undergoing lower limb amputation in Scotland and it is available via the website.

Other

  • Enable New South Wales is a state wide disability support service.
  • "Netværk for faguddannede" on Facebook. This is an interdisciplinary network for Danish speakers on Facebook. If you are interested but do not speak Danish please contact facilitator, Kajsa Lindberg directly:  kajsa@mail.dk
  • New Zealand Artificial Limb Service. This service provides care guidelines written for first time amputees as well as a comprehensive report containing physical therapy resources.  Resources include transfer posters and a manual on applying rigid removable dressings.
  • Norwegian treatment regime. Produced by the Soerlandet Hospital, Kristiansand, Norway [in Norweigan].

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