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CSP calls for obesity referrals to physiotherapy

Former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell helped to launch the Department of Health’s new sport campaign, Games4Life, last week - just as the CSP released a summary of the key role physiotherapy can play in reducing obesity.

The society’s report was produced in response to a call for evidence from the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges Obesity Steering Group.

The steering group has been established to produce a strategy on the most effective and coherent way to tackle obesity.

Lynne Stockbridge, CSP Campaigns and Communications Director explains:‘The CSP has outlined a number of recommendations to the academy, including a call for increased recognition of the health promoting role of physiotherapy, along with improved signposting and the referral of overweight or obese individuals to physiotherapy services.’

The report also calls for increased support for the field of bariatric physiotherapy. It recommends that physiotherapists who specialise in this field be routinely included in weight management teams.

The recommendations made to the steering group coincide with the launch of the Games4Life campaign, which aims to inspire the nation to get active during this year’s ‘summer of sport’.

Meanwhile, in Scotland the government has launched a new project to tackle obesity and get people active.

The Scottish Allied Health Professions Directors Group has pledged to increase the level of physical activity in Scotland by introducing a number of new measures.

These include establishing a standardised form of questioning and intervention that can be used with every patient on every visit and be embedded into all AHP services.

To view the CSP submission, visit: www.csp.org.uk and search for ‘obesity steering group submission’

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