Physiotherapy research society (PRS)

The Society was formed to promote research in physiotherapy. We encourage high quality research relevant to physiotherapy practice and education and we foster critical awareness throughout the profession. Our main activity is hosting a research conference every spring.

The aims of the society

The Society promotes research in physiotherapy, so that a firm scientific knowledge base is developed, from which more effective physiotherapy practice may be delivered and patient services enhanced. We encourage high quality research relevant to physiotherapy practice and education and help foster critical awareness throughout the profession.

The Society aims to disseminate the results of research both within the profession and beyond.

What we do that others don’t

There are a number of other organisations that exist to support research in physiotherapy and related fields – for example, the Allied Health Professions Research Network. However, we are the only CSP affiliated research group that hosts a research conference and has dissemination of research as a prime aim. By providing a platform for novice researchers across a wide range of topics, we enable support networks to be built and valuable national and inter-national links to be established.

Our annual conference

Our annual spring conference is the main vehicle through which we promote and support research activity. See the separate page for more details.

The PRS committee

The Physiotherapy Research Society is organised by a small committee – usually 8 people strong and made up of anyone with an interest in physiotherapy research – see below for the names and contact details of the current committee. Our work is guided by a Constitution – that has been reviewed under guidance from the CSP. Rachel Shuttleworth is invaluable in providing us with secretarial support.

You do not have to be a physiotherapist to join the committee, which is currently made up of people who work within physiotherapy teaching and within research posts. People from any background are welcomed – clinical, research or teaching. One of our main aims to to support and encourage novice researchers – so the committee are a mix of both very experienced and relatively new researchers.