Welcome Message from the President of the CI

Isabel de Souza Guerra

Welcome to Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas 

More than a year of intense activity has passed since the nomination of the Installation Commission of the Order of Physiotherapists. The epidemiological situation in our country did not allow the conclusion of our work in the first year of the mandate, so by deliberation of the hierarchy, it was extended for a year, and the elections for the statutory bodies were scheduled for 15 November, pf.

In order to meet the objectives outlined, the Installing Committee has worked hard. We have invested heavily in technological support infrastructures, in a process of administrative modernisation, basing all operations on an eminently dematerialised system, seeking to enhance the development of integrated communication solutions, both internal and external, with our members.

We all know that registration in the Order is a mandatory and indispensable element for the exercise of the profession. At this moment all the conditions are created so that the physiotherapists can register in our Order as soon as possible.

We tried to make the registration process intuitive, carried out through the Order's website, but also provided guides guiding the whole process. An independent Technical Admission Committee was appointed, which will assess each process, preparing opinions to validate the registration by the IC.

We intend to lay solid and secure foundations for the future of the organisation, which we hope will be strong and innovative, that will represent the profession with dignity and that all physiotherapists will feel represented in it.

We always bear in mind that our main mission is the defence of citizens against unqualified practice and the right to physiotherapy care, with quality, safety and good results, provided by certified professionals of recognised professional competence.

Pedro Maciel Barbosa

Specialist physiotherapist at the Matosinhos Local Health Unit Sub-coordinator for Primary Health Care, Matosinhos Local Health Unit Visiting Assistant Professor at the Porto School of Health Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Health - SNS Member of the General Council of the Order of Physiotherapists

Carlos Sand

Carlos Areia has been a physiotherapist since 2013, and has worked in various hospitals, clinics and clubs in both Portugal and the UK. He began his academic career at Oxford University in 2016, where he led a clinical trial comparing physiotherapy vs surgery in anterior cruciate injuries in 32 hospitals in England. In 2018 she moved to the neurosciences department, where she developed her own studies on remote monitoring of vital signs, which were implemented during the pandemic. Here he discovered his passion for data, and in 2022, he joined Digital Science as a Data Scientist. He completed his PhD earlier this year, and has more than 60 publications in journals such as The Lancet, BMJ, Cochrane, among others. He is also an honorary lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a consultant in clinical research.

Eduardo José Brazete Carvalho Cruz

PhD in Physiotherapy from the University of Brighton, UK. Post-Doctorate in Epidemiology from the National School of Public Health at the New University of Lisbon.
Coordinator of the Studies and Planning Office of the Order of Physiotherapists. Coordinating Professor of the Physiotherapy Department of the School of Health of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (ESS-IPS). President of the ESS-IPS Technical-Scientific Council. Coordinator of the Physiotherapy Department at ESS-IPS. Integrated Researcher at the Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC) (a partnership between FCM-UNL, the National School of Public Health, the University of Évora, the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health and Santo Espírito Hospital, Terceira Island, Azores).

Sara Souto Miranda

Sara Souto Miranda has a bachelor's and master's degree in physiotherapy from the University of Aveiro, and a postgraduate qualification in adult respiratory physiotherapy from the same institution. In 2023 she completed her double doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences/Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the Universities of Aveiro and Maastricht (Netherlands) and is currently working as a technical-scientific advisor to the Studies and Planning Office (GEP) of the Order of Physiotherapists, and as a guest lecturer at the Piaget Institute in Vila Nova de Gaia. As a member of the Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Aveiro (Lab3R), she has carried out applied research in which she has assessed and treated patients with respiratory pathology, having taken part in 6 research projects. Throughout her career she has published 19 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals with an impact factor, 1 book chapter and more than 50 abstracts in conference proceedings. She was a research volunteer at the Ciro rehabilitation centre (Centre for expertise in chronic organ failure) in the Netherlands, and is currently a member of the Guideline Methodology Network of European Respiratory Society. She was honoured by European Lung Foundation e European Respiratory Society for carrying out patient-centred research, by the Directorate General for Higher Education with a merit grant for his master's degree, and by the Ciro Centre with a grant to support research abroad.

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