Participants in the WCPT Future Network online meeting, held in April

WCPT’s youngest network takes off

WCPT’s newest network, for physical therapist students and early career professionals who have been qualified less than five years, has taken off – with 230 followers on Twitter and 180 on Facebook.

The network, which has been initiated by WCPT’s Executive Committee, now has its leadership team in place and a new name, the WCPT Future Network. 

“It's been a great success so far,” says Rhys Hughes, a British physiotherapist who chairs the network along with Jessica Lees from Australia. "I hope it can connect students and newly qualified physical therapists across the globe, and encourage the sharing of knowledge, experiences and help to give the profession a stronger, more united voice."
 
The network is hoping that student and early career physical therapists around the world will connect using the potential of social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook. “With these channels we hope to connect the profession and other disciplines within the world of health," said Rhys Hughes. “With facilitators across WCPT’s regions we plan to really engage with as wide a group as possible”.
 
WCPT Vice President Emma Stokes has been involved in the formation of the network and tweeted after its latest meeting: “So excited about the new @WCPT1951 network @WCPTfuture – the future leaders of physical therapy connecting”.
 
The network is encouraging physical therapists from around the world to get involved and provide feedback to representatives.  WCPT Congress delegates can also visit the Future Network stand in the exhibition hall in Singapore. There are two networking sessions taking place for students and early career professionals at the congress and Jessica Lees will be contributing to the Physical Therapy Futures Forum. 
 
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