President of the Order of Physiotherapists participated in the discussion of the Strategic Plan of the Santa Maria School of Health

Bastonário da Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas participou na discussão do Plano Estratégico da Escola Superior de Saúde de Santa Maria

The President of the Portuguese Physiotherapists Order, António Lopes, was invited to participate in the discussion of the Strategic Plan of the Santa Maria School of Health (ESSSM) for the years 2023-2027, which took place on June 4, at Colégio Luso-Francês, in Porto, with the presence of the Board of Directors, Teachers, Staff, Students and ESSSM Partners.

With a reflection focused on the historical path and the future of physiotherapy, the President of the Portuguese Association of Physical Therapists presented the integrated and integrative perspective of the work that the Association is doing in the context of the development and affirmation of the profession. António Lopes pointed out that there are three main driving forces for the development of the profession: a pole centred on the regulatory (legislative) framework and the planning of human resources in the health area; a pole centred on the production and preparation of the necessary human resources and a third which employs the existing human resources. He stressed that even though each pole has different actors, decision-makers and dynamics of its own, the three influence each other and a change in one pole can have an impact on the others.

From this reflection result the three pillars that guide the mandate of the current Board of the Order of Physiotherapists:

- Physiotherapy, as a scientific discipline (the hub of basic and specialised teaching and research);

- Physiotherapy as a regulated profession (pole of the regulatory framework - where self-regulation has now been added, and the redefinition of the professional profile, the creation of the code of ethics and technical standards;

- Physiotherapy as a service provision (pole of employment and use of physiotherapists, in the diversity of sectors and contexts).

In this context, the President took the opportunity to underline the importance of a joint and regular work between Higher Education Institutions and the Order of Physiotherapists, in order to enhance the gains that the regulation pole, on the part of the Order, may have in education and in the effective provision of physiotherapy services.


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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