I have served as the IPPTA Secretary for one term of four years. Within IPPTA I see a role for promoting and actively assisting member countries to gather data which will assist each other in promoting the business of private physical therapy in our member countries. The sharing of knowledge and good practice and disseminating it to member countries and the wider world of physiotherapy can only help us all. As I have been in private practice for many years I know the value of having a good business sense and will continue to help the executive promote the gathering of data which helps our members understand the diversity that exists within each country and to learn from each other. I have extensive knowledge of professional practice, education, regulation and research in the various roles I have undertaken within the profession in the UK and bring this expertise to the work of the executive committee of IPPTA. Strategic planning is seen as essential within professional organisations and to work effectively across different countries and cultures, IPPTA has to continue to forward plan for the future. I feel that my skills and experience of working at a strategic level within my own member organisations in the UK are of benefit to aid the organisation in achieving this. In the past four years as IPPTA Secretary I have:
• Striven to improve the communication of the executive committee helping them to move forward in a positive manner towards attaining the goals set in the objectives of the organisation.
• Worked closely with the Chair to facilitate communication between the executive committee members to see work through to completion.
• Supported the executive committee members to maintain good communication with each other.
• Worked closely with the MOR’s and secretaries of member organisations to inform the IPPTA executive committee of progressing work in the different countries and regions.
• Supported the executive committee members to plan and accomplish specific pieces of work.
• Maintained links with WCPT and kept the executive committee informed of significant developments
• Within the Executive helped define the purpose of IPPTA going forward after the meeting in Quebec
• Managed the introduction of a new web site for IPPTA including a new logo
• Managed the setting up of a survey monkey to collect data.
‘Improving standards of independent practice by physical therapists’ is an admirable aspiration as stated within the Strategic Plan of IPPTA but only by applying the most up to date research in practice, communication and business can IPPTA hope to achieve this goal. My experience as an Executive member of Physio First has taught me how essential it is that any successful organisation needs to identify their vision and then keep that focus. Physio First’s statement of Intent being “Championing evidence based cost effective private physiotherapy with Physio First members in the changing healthcare marketplace” and that of IPPTA’s stated purpose being Private Practitioner Business Education, Benchmarking for Member Organisations and Sharing (two way sharing as an expectation). I feel that within the present executive committee I have achieved the goals I laid out in my statement four years ago and will strive to continue to move IPPTA forward to achieve the stated aims of the organisation in the coming four years.