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Call for case studies in preventing injuries to physiotherapy staff

The CSP is looking for examples of successful interventions to prevent or reduce work-related musculoskeletal injuries. The move follows publication of the Society's research study into how the problem affects physiotherapists, assistants and students, and its subsequent discussions with NHS Employers and the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) about possible solutions.

The Society says a meeting attended by HSC chair Bill Callaghan was 'especially useful'. The commission has now asked for specific information about good practice preventive strategies that physiotherapists are using in the workplace. The Society collected some examples during its study, but the information is confidential and anonymous, hence the call for case studies.

The main areas of interest are: strategies to cut the risk of injury in physiotherapists' day-to-day work; building flexibility into the electronic bookings system so staff are not faced with a stream of  'heavy-duty' patients, and effective risk assessment policies that pay particular attention to work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The Society is also keen to hear about any successful measures introduced by safety reps working with management to tackle the problem.

'We are interested in all elements of good practice, great or small, that we can disseminate more widely through the HSC and our own website,' said CSP research and policy officer Warren Glover. He added: 'This is a great opportunity to showcase some examples of effective practice employed by physiotherapists.'

If you can share examples of successful practice, please call Warren Glover on 020 7306 6675 or email gloverw@csp.org.uk

The research study Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in physiotherapists is available from the enquiry handling unit on 020 7306 6666, price £10 to members

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