WCPT briefing paper on impact of COVID-19 on entry-level education


WCPT Eupdate

WCPT E-Update: May 2020

WCPT briefing paper on impact of COVID-19 on entry-level education

WCPT has published a briefing paper on the immediate impact on the higher education sector and response to delivering physiotherapist entry level education.

The paper has been informed by an online survey, which was one of the first activities of a global task force on physiotherapist education launched by WCPT in April 2020. The responses provide insights into how the programmes have resolved the immediate challenges, how they have addressed near-term issues and, at the date of the survey responses, what barriers they anticipate to a return to post-pandemic operations.

The briefing paper is the first in a series planned by WCPT exploring the response of the global physiotherapy profession to COVID-19. The next briefing paper will focus on rehabilitation.

Download the briefing paper: immediate impact on the higher education sector and response to delivering physiotherapist entry level education

WCPT appeals committee: call for applications

WCPT is seeking applications for the WCPT appeals committee.

The purpose of the committee is to consider and determine the outcome of any appeals by organisations against membership-related decisions by the membership committee and the WCPT Board, in accordance with the constitution and relevant regulations. As the committee is being established for the first time there are five vacancies - one from each WCPT region. Applicants need to have prior experience considering and determining outcomes of complaints or appeals and must be supported by their national member organisation.

For further details see www.wcpt.org/vacancies.

The deadline to submit applications is 3 June 2020.

COVID-19: resources for physiotherapists

WCPT has launched a #PPE4PT campaign and created a global information hub on its website with information and resources about COVID-19 relevant to the physiotherapy profession.

Resources have been collated from reputable sources and organised into categories including:

·         #PPE4PT campaign toolkit

·         practice based resources

·         education based resources

·         health and wellbeing of physiotherapists

·         for the general public

·         WCPT member organisations' resources

·         World Health Organization

·         other organisations

Access the information hub: www.wcpt.org/covid19

COVIDPhysio Registry

The COVIDPhysio Registry is a register of physiotherapy-related work in progress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Several items have already been added and include projects such as guidelines, policy statements, campaigns, online continuing professional development, research, new education delivery and assessment methods, and the translation of material, providing a hub to support opportunities for collaboration and to avoid duplication of effort. 
We urge all those who are involved in COVID-19 projects to log their project on the registry as it will be a valuable resource for the global physiotherapy community.

Entries can be made using the online form and a record of projects and activities will be updated and published frequently.

Access the CovidPhysio Registry: www.wcpt.org/covid19/registry

Survey: health and safety of health workers

An international group of experts convened by the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization are conducting a survey to collect data about risk factors and their controls for health and safety of health workers in COVID-19. The data collected through this survey will inform high level actions and recommendations through the expert group, and additional comments are welcomed in the “Other” fields, as well as any follow-up you would like to send directly.

The survey is available in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili: www.surveymonkey.com/r/OSHofHealthWorkersinCOVID19

To change the language of the survey click the button in the top right hand corner.

Postponed and cancelled events

WCPT has compiled a page on its website with updates about events we know have been cancelled or postponed: www.wcpt.org/news/postponed-and-cancelled-events

A list of events that are currently going ahead may be found on the events page at: www.wcpt.org/events

If your organisation has resecheduled or cancelled an event and you would like details to be included on the WCPT website, please contact communications@wcpt.org


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