Two years after its launch, WCPT’s global service for sharing expertise is looking for new experts and new ideas from physical therapists about how they would like to see the service develop.
WCPT now has a database of 392 physical therapists prepared to offer their expert services, skills and knowledge to help the profession develop internationally. WCPT can match requests for support from member organisations and other institutions – whether it be in the fields of education, practice, research or policy – with the best person to help.
Since its launch in 2010, there have been 30 requests for expertise from a range of countries. Physical therapists and their organisations have asked for expert help in:
- expanding physical therapy expertise in a particular area, such as oncology;
- supporting international efforts, for example in response to polio outbreaks;
- extending research collaboration;
- supporting researchers;
The WCPT database of experts was developed to harness the expertise of physical therapists in support of the profession around the world.
“It is a valuable resource for WCPT, its member organisations, subgroups and regions and individual physical therapists as well as organisations seeking physical therapist expertise,” says Catherine Sykes, WCPT’s Professional Policy Consultant. “The areas of expertise offered are broad, covering education, global health, professional issues, professional practice and research.”
“From feedback we’ve received, we know that we could be offering new sources of expertise, and giving the service a higher profile, so we’re very keen to hear from those who feel they have something to offer in the way of special knowledge, or from those who have ideas of how they would like to see the service develop.”