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CSP move boosts patients’ autonomy

The benefits of patient self-referral to musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy have been highlighted on the NHS Evidence website, following a CSP submission.

The society submitted a case study to the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) section of the site, which is designed to address quality and productivity challenges in health and social care.

While evidence on self-referral to MSK physiotherapy has been on the NHS Evidence site for some time, this new version has been strengthened by findings from a major American patient self-referral study and input from health economist Joyce Craig.

It comes at a time when many any qualified provider (AQP) service specifications being put to commissioners are discouraging the use of MSK self-referral.

The society recently outlined its concerns about what this might mean for patients to the Department of Health.

The department supported the society’s view and said the new QIPP evidence will allow it to promote the benefits of self-referral in its new commissioning guidance, being written this month.

CSP professional adviser Ruth ten Hove, said: ‘We felt it was a detrimental step to patients to remove self-referral from MSK services under the new AQP system. The new economic evidence which forms a major part of this QIPP submission has really strengthened our case.’

Access the QIPP section of the NHS Evidence website: www.evidence.nhs.uk/qipp

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