World Confederation for Physical Therapy, London, UK

Member profile

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international organization representing more than 300,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 101 member organizations. It is dedicated to promoting the profession and improving global health. WCPT was founded in 1951 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with 11 founding member organizations from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, France, Sweden and the United States of America.

Main activities

WCPT undertakes and supports a range of programmes, projects and campaigns promoting the physical therapy contribution to global health. It maintains official relationships and strategic alliances with government and non-government agencies worldwide, including the World Health Organization. WCPT believes that physical therapists have the responsibility, through their national associations, to work with governments and other agencies, to contribute to national human resource (workforce) planning. Such planning should aim to ensure a balance between demand and supply for physical therapists and a balance between qualified physical therapists and support personnel, to facilitate the best possible level of quality service/care for the community.

Links to the health workforce crisis

In 2008, WCPT was instrumental in organizing the first-ever inter-professional and international conference on regulation of health professionals in Geneva, Switzerland, and it also collaborated on joint international guidelines on the retention and recruitment of health professionals. Positive Practice Environments are settings that ensure the health, safety and personal well-being of staff, support the provision of quality patient care and improve the motivation, productivity and performance of individuals and organizations. WCPT uses PPEs to help with recruitment and retention of health professionals, the productivity and performance of health facilities, and ultimately on patient outcomes.

Call for knowledge information:

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