i.To define and promote high standards of physiotherapy practice within the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology, urology; bladder, bowel and sexual health for men and women.
ii To act in the professional interest of the chartered physiotherapist working in the fields of obstetrics, gynaecology, continence, breast surgery and sexual health .
iii To encourage and provide means by which physiotherapists may improve their specialist therapeutic skills and understanding of the speciality by promoting relevant courses, workshops and research, and facilitate professional development.
iv To promote and further the role of the physiotherapist in obstetrics, gynaecology, continence and sexual health and inform members of the relevant professional and political developments in those areas.
v To foster and encourage relevant research within the speciality
vi To foster mutual understanding, collaboration and inter-professional learning opportunities and facilitate good working relationships between the members of the obstetric, gynaecological and continence health care teams and their professional bodies
vii To promote all aspects of health education and patient care within the relevant specialties.
- Specialise in the physiotherapeutic care of women in relation to childbirth, both antenatally and postnatally, including the delivery of antenatal classes for the woman and her partner.
- Specialise in the conservative treatment of bladder and bowel incontinence for men and women and in some cases children.
- May be involved in the care of women undergoing gynaecological and breast surgery.
- Specialise in the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions both during pregnancy, and immediately postnatally.
- May also be specialists in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in relation to pelvic floor muscle problems for men and women.
The obstetric physiotherapist aims to prevent or alleviate the physical and emotional stresses of pregnancy and labour. This is achieved by improving the mother's physical fitness and her understanding of the changes taking place to her body during pregnancy. The obstetric physiotherapist is a skilled teacher of effective relaxation, breathing awareness and positioning and thus is able to prepare the woman and her companion for labour. The preparation of both parents for labour and parenthood is undertaken ideally in collaboration with midwives and health visitors. Where problems arise, such as backache, pelvic pain and stress incontinence, the obstetric physiotherapist is a skilled clinician in the treatment of these conditions.
Postnatally, the obstetric physiotherapist is able to help the mother in her recovery by teaching exercises, backcare and general health education, including coping with the stresses of parenthood. She can assess and alleviate such problems as a painful perineum, backache and incontinence.
In Gynaecology and Incontinence
In this field, the professional expertise of the specialist physiotherapist will maximize the opportunity for improvement of function and quality of life for those undergoing gynaecological or incontinence related surgery. Post operative outcome may be improved with appropriate rehabilitiation and lifestyle measures.
POGPmembers may be highly skilled in the assessment, management and treatment of the pelvic floor dysfunction of women with pelvic organ prolapse or bladder and bowel incontinence.
Many POGPmembers will be involved with the assessment, management and treatment of male pelvic floor dysfunction which may include bladder and bowel incontinence.
In Sexual health
POGP members are experienced in recognising problems of male and female sexual dysfunction which they can help manage or refer on to psychosexual counsellors. Some members may undergo additional training to enable them to work more fully with these clients.
Our history and constitution
The Obstetric Association of Chartered Physiotherapists was formed in 1948 by members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy interested in obstetrics. It was one of the earliest clinical interest groups to be formed.
In 1976, gynaecology was added to the speciality and the group became known as the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
In 1994 the Association was re-named the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health. The Association currently has a worldwide membership of at least 700 members and associates. The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health is affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and is known as a recognized Professional Network. It is also a founder member of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health (IOPTWH).
Read the Constitution of the POGP to get a more detailed picture of how the group works.
Our Executive Committee
To contact any of the key officers of POGP please use the 'contact us' page on the website.
Elizabeth Barlow, Julie McKenna, Eileen Montgomery and Margaret Bartaby
|Vice Chair||Doreen McClurg|
|Public Relations Officer||Amanda Savage|
|Website co-ordinator||Shirley Bustard|
|Social media||Rebecca Bennett|
|Journal editor||Shirley Bustard|
|Education sub-committee Chairman||Ruth Hawkes|
|Research Officer||Kay Crotty|
|Booklets Secretary||Kate Lough|
|Membership Secretary||Jacqueline McCafferty, Fitwise management company.|
|National Conference Committee Chair||Samantha Gillard|