The POGP is Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy. A UK based Professional Network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
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 rehabilitation and lifestyle measures.
POGP members 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 POGP members 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.
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 and Eileen Montgomery
|Vice Chair||Ruth Hawkes|
|Public Relations Officer||Amanda Savage|
|Website co-ordinator||Rebecca Bennett|
|Communications Team||Rebecca Bennett, Jilly Bond, Amanda Savage|
|Journal editor||Shirley Bustard|
|Education sub-committee Chairman||Ruth Hawkes|
|Research Officer||Kay Crotty|
|Publications Officer||Chrissie Edley|
|Membership Secretary||Kendal Smith, Fitwise management company.|
|National Conference Committee Chair||Jane Lofts|
Katie Mann (Chair) I have worked in the NHS as a pelvic floor physio since 1993 and I worked for a private hospital in the same role for 16 years. I have been a member of POGP since 1995, involved with the executive committee for 11 years and Chair of POGP since November 2016
Ruth Hawkes (vice chair and Chair of ESC) Chair of Education sub-committee and Workshop coordinator. I have been a member of POGP since 1988 and served two tenures as chairman. I have worked in the NHS and have a private practice in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Amanda Savage (PRO). I have worked as an NHS urogynae specialist but since starting a family I have concentrated on running a private Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and general Pilates practice near Cambridge. I previously served on the Exec as Co-editor of the Journal and have been responsible for the PRO role since December 2016.
Rebecca Bennett (Website Co-ordinator) I have worked as a physiotherapist for over 10 years and specialised early in pelvic health. I currently work privately with my physiotherapy and Pilates business after having my second child. I have worked with the POGP for several years sitting on the executive committee for 3 years.
Jane Lofts (Chair of NCOC) I have worked as a Uro-gynae physio at Dorchester County Hospital for the past 27 years. 2018 will be the 4th POGP Conference that I have been responsible for, and I really enjoy the buzz of the teamwork involved.
Jilly Bond. I am a clinical specialist physiotherapist with a research interest in visceral pelvic pain working in private practice in South Wales. I sit on the Journal Subcommittee Executive Committee as part of the Communications team. I also curate the POGP and Journal Twitter feeds @ThePOGP and @JPOGP
Jane Newman (Treasurer) Jane is our current POGP executive treasurer and a highly experienced POGP physiotherapist.
Shirley Bustard has specialised in women's health physiotherapy for nearly 30 years, currently working in the NHS in Durham. She has been involved in POGP first as NE area rep, then research officer and currently Chair of the journal sub committee
Rachel Burnett I originally specialised into MSK/ Obstetrics, then later into Pelvic Health. I carry a mixed caseload of men and women. I teach at undergraduate and post-graduate level. I also sit on the POGP Exec group to represent the Area Reps and tutor on the Men’s Health Course.