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What if Patients Decided Who Gets Into PT School?
by Dean Metz
One of the things that struck a chord with me during the Physiotherapy UK conference last weekend was the number of lay people present and involved on committees. There is a culture of involving service users on all decisions regarding health and social Read More...
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Further Validation
by Dean Metz
This weekend was the Physiotherapy UK 2014 conference in Birmingham. For the first time ever, I presented a poster that had been peer-reviewed. It felt really good to be able to give something back to the profession from my work. It was the culmination Read More...
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Anne Frank's House
by Dean Metz
One of the great benefits of living in England is that the rest of Europe is very close by. I got to enjoy a mini-break in Amsterdam this weekend while my partner gave a speech for his work. The last time I was in Amsterdam was on Yom Kippur, the one Read More...
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Quantity vs. Quality of Life
by Dean Metz
Just recently a friend of mine celebrated a significant birthday. I celebrated the same one a year ago. Something about turning this age propelled us both to contemplate the future in a different way than younger "landmark" birthdays had done. What to Read More...
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How the USA Could Kill the British NHS
by Dean Metz
There is currently a huge issue facing Britain as Scotland votes this week on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. While watching a debate on the BBC this morning, I learned about something else that could have devastating effects on the National Read More...
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High-Deductible Health Plans
by Dean Metz
Even though I'm living in England and enjoy the national health insurance, I still follow what is going on in the USA insurance market. I read a disturbing article in the New York Times this week about people choosing high-deductible insurance plans. Read More...
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Two Weeks an Expert
by Dean Metz
I am involved with a networking group of rehab therapists (PT, OT, SLP) that's based back in the US. Earlier this week a member requested information on how to set up a fall prevention program. She was very enthusiastic about the need for such a program Read More...
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A Permanent Placement
by Dean Metz
For the past year, I've been working in a "fixed-term" position. What that means is that I have a contract for exactly 11 months. The post is not guaranteed to run past the end of October. Fortunately, a position became available in the same NHS Trust Read More...
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That's Why I Gave Up the Theater
by Dean Metz
When I was a younger lad, I was one of those starving actor, dancer, waiter people living in New York in the 1980s. It was a life of classes and auditions and endlessly being told, "Thanks, we'll let you know." Translation: You didn't get the part. I Read More...
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Interstate Practice
by Dean Metz
One of the things that surprised me when I first moved to the United Kingdom was that my registration (equivalent to licensing) was valid not only in England, but also in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. If I suddenly got an offer in Edinburgh or Read More...
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Evidence-Based... Astrology?
by Dean Metz
For the past 5 years, I've spent a fair amount of time talking to people about the reality of the National Health Service (NHS) in England. That it is actually a very good service and an organization I'm rather proud to work within. I've worked hard to Read More...
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‘Can You Back That Up?'
by Dean Metz
I was asked that question last week by a board member of the NHS Trust in which I work. Rather a few members are making the rounds of different services to see how things are working (or not) and to assess if they are getting monetary value for those Read More...
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The SNF Rehab Model Must Change
by Dean Metz
I've learned immense amounts about what my American PT colleagues are going through just to work these days. It disheartened me at first, inspired me next, and now has propelled me to think more creatively. I think it may be time to throw out the baby Read More...
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Effective Agents for Change
by Dean Metz
Two weeks ago I attended, and presented a poster, at a seminar on change within the National Health Service (NHS). We were asked to present because we had excellent outcomes in our service and we got them by doing things differently than other services Read More...
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Productivity: Why Bother Speaking Out?
by Dean Metz
I was asked in a private message, "What are your goals in speaking out about the productivity issues facing therapists in nursing homes (and private practices) today?" A good question! We can whine and complain all we want; very little will come of that Read More...
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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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