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CSP evidence submission to Health Education England’s Primary Care Workforce Commission

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Executive Summary

When planning the primary care workforce of the future we need to have a clear picture in mind of a primary care sector that is responsive to patients’ needs, reduces hospital admissions and social care needs, and support people to remain active and independent.

The GP workforce action plan, recently published by NHS England, HEE, the RCGP and BMA, focuses narrowly on addressing current workforce challenges through initiatives focused on the medical profession.

This misses a real opportunity to consider how other parts of the workforce, including physiotherapy and the other allied health professions (AHPs) can contribute to primary care. A transformation in primary care will not be achieved if workforce planning is premised on pre-existing models of workforce supply and service delivery.

To deliver this the NHS must create a new frontline of primary care professionals that makes full use of the talents at its disposal. Physiotherapists and physiotherapy support workers have the skills, knowledge and clinical autonomy to be a central component of this new NHS frontline, working in multi-disciplinary teams to keep people living well and independently.

Greater use of physiotherapy workforce within primary care is a cost effective and clinically effective way to reduce the pressure on General Practitioners and deliver the whole-person care required of a modern primary care sector. It is currently an underutilised asset.

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