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CSP meets Scottish health minister

The CSP reports a ‘useful and constructive’ meeting with Scotland’s cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing.

A four-strong CSP delegation met Nicola Sturgeon last month to discuss graduate employment and AHP workforce planning, the role of physiotherapy in the 18-week referral to treatment targets and the inclusion of therapies in improved waiting times. Also on the agenda were workplace issues arising out of the initiative to improve sickness and absence rates in the NHS that have had an adverse impact on the profession, the CSP says.

Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, CSP policy officer for Scotland, said progress had been made in:

• the minister’s commitment to re examine the case for  the role of the three AHP regional workforce planning posts in  Scotland

• the opportunity to engage and  receive further details on patient  data and the 18-week referral  to treatment time, and

• continued commitment to a  partnership approach to workplace  issues in the NHS

‘The CSP has considerable interest in making progress on graduate employment and AHP workforce planning, shifting the balance of care to primary health services and exploiting the potential and talents of physiotherapists and other AHPs,’ Mr Lloyd-Jones said.

In a letter to Ms Sturgeon after the meeting, he added: ‘We are pleased that these interests remain consistent with Scottish government aspirations.’

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