IPPTA Members newsletter 2020

IPPTA Members newsletter 2020

Dear IPPTA Members

I trust that the first couple of weeks of 2020 have treated you well and that in 2020 you will have the health, wisdom and resources to make the best of all the opportunities that come your way.  Dream bigger, be bigger and lets make IPPTA bigger and better.

Please find below some information about our 2020 IPPTA Business meeting hosted by Maltese Association of Physiotherapist (MAP).  I trust that you have registered for the meetings and have booked your flights and accommodation.  If you need any invitation letters for Visas, please direct the request to Samantha at ippta@private.physio.  Hope to see you all in Malta in a couple of weeks for 2 days of bumper filled information and networking followed by the Maltese Association of Physiotherapists’ congress on Saturday 14th March.

2020 Meeting Information: 12th and 13th March 2020, Corinthia Hotel. St George’s Bay, Malta

  1. Day 1: Thursday 12th March: Data Registries

 As you all know we are spending the majority of our first day at our meeting discussing and sharing information about Data Registries. We will be working in groups and sharing ideas and information about both success and pitfalls around the “what” and the “how” of collecting outcome data. The actual questions we will be discussing are in the table below. It would help us all if you were able to come prepared with your answers/suggestions/experiences etc. This framework should also help countries who are wondering where to start! If you have a question that is not in this table, please let us know and we can consider including it.  Email any additional questions to ippta@private.physio




  Workshop questions to be addressed





Feedback from EC (strategic plan, discussion about 2021 meeting, commercial report, finance).

Reminder about our agreement and understanding of the “why” data collection will help to support private practice physiotherapy. Discussions from Colorado and Geneva.

9.30-10.30 “What” does each MO collect by way of outcome data? What data do you collect or wish to collect;

·         Do you use validated outcome measures and what are they?

·         Do you collect demographic information; e.g. age, location, occupation, gender etc.

·         Do you have data about the origin of payment for the treatment?

·         Is there any data you wish to collect but don’t (or can’t) yet?

·         How many active participants do you have and how many data sets?

·         Are the participants all private practitioners


10.30-10.50 Presentation by Blue Zinc
10.50-11.15 Morning Tea  
11.15-12.00 How” do we collect data? ·         If you don’t yet collect data, you may wish to think about the following before you begin.

·         Is the data standardised? e.g.  does every participant collect the same fields?

·         Do you know or can you estimate what proportion of your members use electronic health care records?

·         Is data collected through a commercial software package?

·         If yes

o    Is every participant using the same or similar package?

o    Does the software include electronic health records?

·         Where is your data stored?

·         Who has access to it?

·         Who owns it/controls what happens to it?

·         Do the participants have access to their own and the collective data?

12.00-1.00 Feedback from the morning sessions Collate information on flipcharts to share similar patterns and highlight where we can learn from each other even though our health care and payment systems are so different. Scribes to then put the information together and share with MOs following the meeting.
14.00-14.20 Presentation by John Davie


14.20-15.20 The analysis of data and the possibility of identifying evidenced based quality and cost effectiveness within private practice




·         If you don’t yet collect data, you may wish to think about the following before you begin.

·         How do you analyse the data collected?

·         Who carries out this analysis?

·         What does it cost?

·         Who pays?

·         Do you give feedback to individual participants about their own data in relation to other peoples?

·         Do you identify what is “acceptable” outcomes or define quality from the range of data collected?

·         If so who and how do you do this?


15.20-15.45 Afternoon tea  


15.45-17.00 Feedback from this afternoon and discussion about where to go from here.



Feedback from the working groups from the morning. Then to address the following questions;

·         What is the role of IPPTA?

·         Can countries work together to collaborate and how can we help each other?

·         Can IPPTA assist with this?

  1. b) Day 2: Friday 12th March 2020. Workshop: Communication, Advocacy and Leadership.   Facilitator Grant Driver from Captivate International. captivate-international.com.

Globally, leadership, culture and employee engagement are regarded as THE drivers for sustainable Growth in Organisations “

“Captivate International’s reputation is built on our ability to provide exceptional and unique solutions in the areas of leadership, employee engagement, organisational culture and customer centricity”.


The brief given to Grant by the IPPTA executive committee was to turn the workshop into an EVENT that will captivate, engage and inspire our IPPTA team with the following aims:

  • assist and direct us, the global leaders of private physical therapy, to be THE advocates for private physiotherapy globally and on a national level
  • to equip us with the necessary skills to use the IPPTA resources (Private PT Value statement and our data registries etc.) as tools to accomplish the above.
  • It should be an interactive day with additional skill development in leadership, emotional intelligence and advocacy that members can use in different levels (own organisation, IPPTA and personally).

This workshop/EVENT will start at 8:00 and finish at 16:00.  Leaving us with enough time for those who are going to attend the opening of the MAP congress at 17:00.  (Trust that it will be all of you).


 “Coming together is a beginning. 

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success”.

See you all in Malta soon. Safe travels.

Wilma Erasmus.  Nat Dip PT (Pretoria); MSc PT. (University of the Witwatersrand).

IPPTA Chairman


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