What is CPIHD?
After several years of work behind the scenes, the Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development (CPIHD) was established within the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2018. The group has been set up for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals who hold an interest in this area.
As an ISCP interest group, the majority of the CPIHD will be made up of physiotherapists.
However, in order for the CPIHD to achieve its full potential, it is imperative that there is a multidisciplinary approach from the outset. Thus, the group openly welcomes and is recruiting members from other healthcare professions, including occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dietitians, to enhance our growing interest group and network.
Some of the group’s aims include:
- To be a resource for knowledge sharing, advocacy, and networking for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals with an interest in International Health and Development
- To provide support for any member with an interest in International Health and Development through sharing resources, educational events, and access to skills and support within the network, including professionals and students
- To promote the importance of recording professional and personal development for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals when going to work abroad, whilst abroad and on return
- To raise the profile of the work of physiotherapists and healthcare professionals in international health and development within the society and professional organisations, nationally and internationally