Do You Worry That You Are Not Keeping Your Learning Up To Date?

Posted By: Andy Barker

I got a message from a physio called Ollie the other day.

He said something that comes up a lot in the conversations I have when I first start working with a student or new grad physio…

‘I work full time in the NHS and I am soon to start to work twice a week in the evening in a private practice…

My biggest challenge right now is navigating my own CPD in my busy life and worrying that I am not learning enough to keep my knowledge and skills up to date’’

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Finding the time for CPD can be challenging  but it is something you need to do to stay up to date with the latest evidence and continue to grow as a therapist.

University teaches you to be safe and competent (hopefully)…

But you really start to learn once you graduate and ensuring you learn the right stuff when you qualify is so important.

Having left Uni you are no longer trying to learn something to pass a test, write and assignment or prepare for a placement.

Once you leave Uni you are learning to be better at your patient assessments, treatments and rehab so you can actually help your patient with their problem.

As a graduate you should be getting better at the areas you need to develop.

That’s why everyone’s CPD requirements are different.

What you need to get better at might be very different to every other therapist that was on your course.

Maybe you feel your subjective assessment needs some work…

Or you struggle to select the right special tests during your objective assessment?

Maybe your knowledge around different lower back or shoulder injuries is poor…

Or you struggle coaching rehab exercises with your patients?

That is why I ask every therapist that is interested working with me 1:1 what they need to get better at BEFORE I start to work with them.

After all, how do I know if I can help you if I do not know what you are struggling with in the first place???

The danger of CPD as a new grad is that you just do CPD.

You read blogs, watch webinars, go on evening and weekend courses both online and in person and this is great.

You get a certificate and stick it in a folder and you feel good because you’ve done something.

Maybe you post it on instagram or LinkedIn, because that’s what you are supposed to do, right?

That’s cool if you want to do that, but that is not the main reason you should be doing CPD.

CPD is all about you becoming better equipped to deal with whatever patient walks through your clinic door.

To be able to conduct a competent patient assessment that rules out any red flags and tells you what the diagnosis is…

To be able to put together a structured, logical rehab plan and know when to progress (and regress if needed) your patient to ensure you do not flare them up and so you do not just throw random exercises at your patient hoping something sticks.

It is being able to explain to a patient clearly what their injury is, why it has happened and how you are going to progress them from A to B, from injury and back to full health, so they actually believe what you are saying and go away and actually do their rehab exercises.

All the things the physio school did not teach you!

I’ve been exactly where you are, feeling unprepared to work with real patients, trying random treatment techniques and rehab exercises and trying to avoid those difficult conversations with patients when they ask about their injury or how long it will take to fix them up.

For me the last 12+ years have been a continuous cycle of trail and error to find out what works as well as what does not work.

When I developed the new grad physio membership [ I wanted to give therapists at the start of their physio career the tools they need to get results.

I have created a simple, structured system to help you better assess, treat and rehab any patient you see.

If you want to…

– Learn how to make sense of your patient assessments to find the right patient problem…

– How to design and implement a treatment and rehab programme individual to your patient based on their assessment findings…

– Know when to progress and regress a patients rehab using a simple ‘6 Step Rehab Planner’

– Learn how to communicate a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan to your patient

– Plus get access to ton’s of additional anatomy, biomechanics, cheat sheets and quizzes plus…

– Get peer and 1:1 support and mentorship to take your learning and the career support you need to really fat-track your skills and career progress…

Then joining the new grad physio community is for you!

Take a look and see what it is all about at right here [


The New Grad Physio Mentor

P.S. Not sure? If you join and you do not think the membership is for you you have 7 days to change your mind.

Join with a trail and take a look around and if you don’t like it, that’s cool, just let me know and I’ll refund your investment right away, no questions asked.

That’s a 100% money back guarantee…

What you got to lose?

See if I am suitable for the new grad physio membership. [