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2012 – Ring in the new

2011 was a hugely successful year for the CSP. But what does 2012 hold in store? CSP staff gaze into their crystal balls

Challenges ahead

2012 is likely to be the toughest financial year for the NHS, across the UK, says CSP chief executive Phil Gray. ‘The NHS is getting significantly less funding than real inflation. The government’s promise to protect the NHS from cuts will not be fulfilled.

‘The CSP will lobby the four governments and collect the facts on cuts, any qualified provider, competition and patient care.

‘Also, we will go on making the case for physiotherapy and the difference that investment in physiotherapy can deliver.: innovation, flexibility, adaptability and a solution-focused. approach’

‘Physiotherapy has a very strong set of solutions to offer in difficult financial imes. Go out and make the case for it.’

Getting ready for the Olympics

‘The CSP will be working to ensure that next year’s focus on the London Olympics will be used to encourage everyone, not just the supremely fit, to get active,’ says director of Campaigns and Communications Lynne Stockbridge.

‘We’ll aim to use the interest in the games to encourage people who could never make an Olympic team to exercise.

‘The Your Personal Best campaign will be run jointly with the Royal College of GPs and the Royal College of Nursing, among other organisations, to encourage people with long-term conditions in particular, to take more exercise.’

Work Out at Work day will run for a second time, early this summer, after last year’s début success.

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Getting people back to work


The Allied Health Professions Assessment of Fitness for Work tool is due to be introduced in February.

It will allow physiotherapists to offer formal advice on what patients can do at work as part of their rehabilitation, rather than just being signed off work by their GP.

‘The tool has the potential to revolutionise sick absence management, especially in the musculoskeletal field,’ says professional adviser Léonie Dawson.

‘If members engage and we get this right, we can make a massive impact on the number of people going off sick who have the potential to remain in work while getting better.’

Health Professions Council checks your CPD

The Health Professions Council will be conducting continuing professional development (CPD) checks on five per cent of registered physiotherapists in 2012. (Students, associates and new graduates will not be affected.)

‘The New Year is a good time to develop new habits,’ says Gwyn Owen, professional adviser.

‘Members should aim to set time aside on a regular basis in order to maintain good quality CPD and ensure they are meeting HPC requirements, ‘I would encourage people to visit the CPD webfolio where there will be a series of activities to support members, including an online blog by CPD Syd, a fictional physio who is going to be audited by the HPC.’


NHS terms and conditions under threat

‘Writing as Frontline went to press before Christmas, it would be a brave person to predict what exactly 2012 will bring for the NHS pensions, pay or the overall Agenda for Change agreement,’ says Lesley Mercer, director of employment relations and union services.

‘On the pay front, the government seems determined to inflict further pain by asking the NHS pay review body to look at how local pay bargaining could be introduced.

‘It also looks likely that NHS employers will seek more local control over key areas such as incremental progression and sick pay.  Both moves could impact on members working outside the NHS as well, as many employers tend to follow NHS pay arrangements.

‘30 November showed that standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our colleagues in other unions can deliver a powerful message to those in the corridors of power.  We will certainly need, in 2012, to build on this sense of solidarity and collective action to defend our hard-won employment rights.’


Getting to grips with any qualified provider

‘Managers and clinical leaders in England need to be aware of community services in their area that have been identified for any qualified provider (AQP) in 2012,’ warns Natalie Beswetherick, director of practice and development.

‘The Department of Health published a map of the services along with eight implementation packs in December. Interested parties are being invited to apply in January 2012 and the commissioning starts in April.

‘AQP potentially provides an opportunity for members working outside the NHS and for NHS staff wanting to bid for a service outside their own existing service area. However, the introduction of competition will also be an opportunity for chiropractors and osteopaths in the field of MSK services.

‘If members don’t find out what’s going on, they won’t know how it will affect their service.’


Health and Social Care Bill


‘If it goes through, the Health and Social Care Bill could transform the NHS in England,’ says head of public affairs Donna Castle. ‘Peers will be debating the bill well into the New Year, so there’s still time to lobby a Lord.

Our main concerns are that allied health professionals won’t be involved in the new commissioning processes and increased competition, based on price rather than quality, will have a negative impact on patient care.

The extension of the “any qualified provider” model could result in a race to the bottom on price and some physiotherapy services being rationed.

‘Many of the changes contained in the legislation are already being implemented, with new commissioning structures emerging in shadow form, ready to take on their new responsibilities in 2013. CSP members need to be finding out what is going on in their local area and getting involved before it is too late.’



Scotland monitors impact of budget cuts

‘Information is starting to come in from Scottish health boards on data for physiotherapy services which will be used to assess how services are coping with budget restraints across the NHS,’ says Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, policy officer for Scotland.

‘We also await the publication of the draft AHP National Delivery Plan, which CSP Scotland will want to fully contribute to, and the results of the NHS 24 pilot schemes for telehealth referral will be of interest across the profession.’


Physios to be given the power to prescribe drugs

‘If the results of the public consultation in 2011 on independent prescribing  by physios UK-wide are positive, work will start on the “regulatory change” part of the project during early 2012,’ says Pip White, professional adviser.

‘Representatives of the CSP will be meeting the Commission for Human Medicines in January and March, who will make the final recommendation to ministers whether we get these rights. The Health Professions Council will start its consultation on the proposed regulatory standards for independent prescribing by physiotherapists during spring 2012.

‘We would hope any new law, if approved, would be on the statute books by October 2012. After that, the higher education institutes can start their programme of work to design and deliver the new programmes for physios to qualify as full independent prescribers.’


More power to Wales

2012 will see the first pieces of primary legislation in Wales enacted, following the referendum in May 2011 which brought more powers to Wales,‘ says Pip Ford, policy officer for Wales.

‘One of the priorities of the Social Services Bill will be around joint planning and delivery of services and the development of new integrated models of service delivery.  

‘Physiotherapists and the services they provide to children, young people and older people will be affected by this legislation.’


CSP, pushing forwards

‘The most important thing for 2012 is that our members maintain a belief and energy to keep pushing forwards,’ says deputy chief executive Sue Browning.

‘In a time of huge change and tough financial times for the NHS, we must remember physiotherapy has a lot to offer this new agenda, but only if we make it happen.’

Director of finance, facilities and membership Stuart DeBoos says the CSP will work to minimise the effects of the difficult economic situation on the society.

Meanwhile the society will continue to raise the profile of physiotherapy, says James Hale, director of marketing and communications.  

‘We aim to ensure membership is maintained at 50,000, and to improve the ways we communicate with all our member groups.’

Northern Ireland faces shake up in acute care

‘The Department of Health report, “Transforming Your Care”, could see the number of acute hospitals in Northern Ireland halved under the biggest health service shake-up in the region’s history,’ says Tom Sullivan, CSP policy officer for Northern Ireland.

‘The 10 facilities currently providing acute care are set to be reduced to between five and seven over the next five years.

‘It is also envisaged that key changes will include more care delivered in the home, and an increased role for GPs through the development of GP Federations.’


New year resolution

It’s not too late to make your 2012 resolution being one of getting more involved with the CSP.

As a member you can sign up at with your personal details,  giving you access to clinical discussions on the iCSP networks, allowing you to find out about policy decisions that impact on you, and enabling you to communicate with other CSP members.

With so much on offer from your society, make sure you’re getting the most from it in the year ahead.


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