We are a small branch with 20+ members. We hold our meeting on a Sunday morning either at a member’s surgery or we hire a room.
Every member is very involved with the running of our branch. Many of our branch members have been attending meetings for over 30 years and have seen lots of changes in the profession, some for the better and some not so and have made some lifelong friends.
We try to make our meetings as varied and interesting as possible, asking our members at the Branch AGM what topics they would like to cover over the coming year and doing our best to arrange speakers and workshops for them.
We also do first aid training within the branch
As a branch we are very proactive in keeping our CPD file updated as you never know when it could be your turn to be called upon, but I’m quite sure we would all pull together to help a fellow member get through it .
The Institute seems to be a lot more driven and academic these days which can only be a good thing as the profession is evolving at such a fast pace we all need to try to keep up and support each other. We have a branch library where we can sign books out to help with course work we may be doing or just as a refresher to sharpen our skills.
Lastly, I would like to thank our branch members that attend for making our branch fun and enjoyable as without them we would not have a branch.
Our branch is always open to other members to attend CPD contact Lynn Newland @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 07824 395487
Republic of Ireland Branch
The Irish Branch of the IOCP represents members from the Republic of Ireland. We are a small group that typically meet twice a year in Dublin to keep ourselves up to date with registration issues, CPD, etc.
Our meetings are usually held in the same location, a central hotel in Dublin city (Hilton Hotel, Charlemount Place). The committee consists of Breda Murphy as Branch Secretary and Mary Gough as Treasurer.
We have long-standing members with many years’ of experience not just as podiatrists but as past committee members that make a valuable contribution to discussions at our meetings as well as being valued friends.
Our next scheduled meeting will be held on 9th September 2017 and will include a First-Aid course on the day.
Devon & Cornwall Branch
The Devon & Cornwall Branch has 27 members.
They include members from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and even the Scilly Isles.
The venue of our meetings at present is at The Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter. The hotel is easy to find from all directions as it is just off the motorway. We always meet on a Sunday so those members who work on a Saturday can attend.
This year twelve members attended our AGM. Jane Reddaway an Occupation Therapist started our AGM in the morning and talked about Fall Prevention, which the branch enjoyed. In the afternoon, we concluded our AGM business as usual.
In the last year or more, we have had several topics and Trade stands, these include the following.
- First Aid.
- C+P Trade Display.
- The Orb. Presented by DLT.
- Leg and Foot Ulcers and Compression Bandages.
- Diabetes and Wound Management.
- Musculoskeletal and the Diabetic Foot.
We are a friendly well supported branch that do our very best to encourage members to attend our meetings. As a branch, we have been very successful in finding lecture’s which is very important these days regarding CPD.
Here is a list of branch officials
- Chairman: Mark Smith
- Secretary: Mark Smith
- Treasurer: Helen Sangchi
- Education Secretary: Julia Caulfield
- Minutes Secretary: Wendy Johnson
- AGM Delegate: Mark Smith
- Auditors: Julia Taylor and Philip Gardner
Sheffield Branch Meeting Thursday 22nd September 2016 at 7.30pm.
Held at SWD Sports and Social Club, Heeley Bank Road, Sheffield, S2 3GG.
‘Think about yourself before you think about your client’. Yes, that was the advice given to those who attended our branch meeting in Sheffield recently. This advice was offered by our guest speaker Katie Warburton who had been recommended by a fellow member Joanne Warwick, who knew from experience that pilates could help colleagues correct and protect their posture and thus be in a better position (literally) to provide the best possible care to clients.
The photo shows us all joining in with what turned out to be a very enjoyable, relaxing and informative session. As a branch we are always on the lookout for new and interesting ideas. You’re welcome to join us anytime and you would be made very welcome
Here at the Leeds Branch we have over 60 members attending from around the wider Yorkshire region. We meet approximately eight times a year and we are very proactive in arranging lectures and workshops in line with Continual Professional Development requirements. Attending regular meetings not only enables opportunities to enhance CPD, it also helps to stay connected with other members and alert to emerging issues and trends. We positively encourage new members and associate members to attend our meetings.
Chair – Anne McIntosh
Secretary – Caroline McCartney