Fourth International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health

Over one hundred mental health specialists from around the world will descend on Edinburgh this week (8-10 February) for the fourth International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health (IC-PPMH).

Clinicians from as far afield as Japan and New Zealand will take part in the three day event, arranged by NHS Lothian to highlight the contribution of physiotherapists in mental health.

The conference will provide a forum for physiotherapists to meet and share knowledge about education, research and practice and to discuss important professional issues within the field of physiotherapy in psychiatry and mental health.

Anne Parker, Superintendent Physiotherapist, NHS Lothian and IC-PPMH event organiser, said: “It’s important to create and strengthen a culture of physiotherapy within mental health.

“It is vital that we empower the ‘voice’ of the mental health physiotherapists within the profession itself and in relation to the other health professionals we work with.

“Physiotherapy can contribute greatly to mental health and wellbeing and we hope this event helps to highlight that and bring new and innovative ideas to the fore.”

Tim Montgomery, Director of Operations, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Associated Services, NHS Lothian, added: “The conference will help to promote the exchange of experiences and new ideas and continue to expand the global network of professionals exploring the possibilities for physiotherapy within mental health.

“NHS Lothian is delighted to welcome the many health professionals from around the world to this event and I’m confident that it will help to promote the contribution of physiotherapy within mental health in the future.”

The conference is aimed at physiotherapists and professionals who work in psychosomatic medicine, musculoskeletal conditions, pain management, psychiatry and mental health.

The main theme of the 2012 Conference is ‘Promoting Quality of Movement – the contribution of physiotherapy to mental health and wellbeing’.

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Notes to Editors

  • The Fourth International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health takes place between the 8-10 February at the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh.
  • Further information on the conference can be found here: http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/MediaCentre/Events/icppmh2012/Pages/default.aspx
  • NHS Lothian has arranged the 2012 event in collaboration with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences & University Centre, Kortenberg, Belgium and Bergen University College, Norway.
  • The first International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health took place in Leuven/Kortenberg, Belgium in 2006. The second Conference was arranged by Bergen University College, Norway in 2008. The third conference was arranged by Lund University, Sweden in 2010.
  • The International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health board consists of five executive members. The board members are: President: Michel Probst, Belgium, Vice president: Liv Helvik Skjerven, Norway, Secretary: Natalie Mulders, Netherlands, Conference: Amanda Gyllensten, Sweden and Anne Parker, UK –IC-PPMH Web: Hans Stryger, Denma.

Issued: 09.02.12
David Ridd
Communications Officer
NHS Lothian
0131 465 564
07730 616 435

09/02/2012