On Saturday, October 28, 2017, physiotherapy students at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh, Scotland will be hosting the fourth annual Scottish Physiotherapy Student Conference 2017 (SPSC 2017).
SPSC 2017 is the first of its kind in Scotland. Organised for students by students, it aims to bring together three Scottish Physiotherapy Educational Institutions – QMU, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Robert Gordon University (RGU, Aberdeen) – and supporting educators and clinicians to enhance knowledge, encourage collaboration and inspire innovation among the student and recent graduate population.
The theme of this years conference is Rehabilitation & Technology. Physiotherapy is grounded in a strong tradition of holistic, non-invasive treatment approaches, prolonged patient contact times and a broad scope of practice. While staying true to our roots, it is imperative that we embrace new technologies that have the ability to streamline our services while maintaining our efforts to promote patient centered care.
SPSC 2017 serves to provide a space for contemplation and exploration of the future of the profession and our individual places within it. By fostering innovative thinking and collaboration across the profession, SPSC 2017 hopes to enhance physiotherapists’ opportunities to impact the health and social welfare of the population utilising the latest technological innovations.
– Introduce and expose students to new technologies and their impact on providing an effective physiotherapy service
– Expose students to the 5 technology trends shaping physiotherapy: mobile technology and apps, wearable and sensor technology, social media, bionics and telerehab
– Highlight students’ and practitioners’ commitment to CPD and reflective practice.
– Promote lateral thinking by exposing students to the diverse applications of a physiotherapy degree
– Encourage cooperative and mutual learning between student and clinician outside the traditional placement setting
– Smooth the transition of knowledge and practice from the classroom to the clinic
– Emphasise and embrace physiotherapists’ potential to be leaders in health care and to effect health care change in the 21st century