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Darzi calls for job planning overhaul

Health minister Lord Ara Darzi has called for an overhaul of workforce planning to ensure the failure to provide sufficient jobs for newly qualified physiotherapists is not repeated.

An interim review of the NHS by Lord Darzi, published earlier this month, calls for better commissioning of education and training to resolve the problems, echoing criticisms made by the CSP.

His report, Our NHS, Our Future, also says staff should be empowered to innovate and deliver more personal care, improving areas such as long-term conditions.

CSP chief executive Phil Gray said the review offered hope for the future that more people would benefit from treatment by physios and other allied health professionals.

He said: 'Physiotherapists do much to improve quality of life for people with long-term conditions and prevent others from developing chronic conditions which would render them unable to work and dependent on benefits.'

The NHS review found commissioning of training places in the NHS had not always matched commissioning of services.

Lord Darzi said many new physio graduates were unable to get jobs, 'despite rehabilitation after illness (such as stroke) being vital to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of NHS patients'.

He added: 'Workforce planning needs to be more evidently and consistently linked with new models of care and with financial and service planning at all levels.'

The report also outlines new measures to improve service access and quality, including more than 100 new GP practices in areas of poor provision, involving up to 900 GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants offering 'more targeted and preventive interventions.' Around 150 GP-run health centres should also be set up, offering a range of services, including physiotherapy, and opening seven days a week.

Lord Darzi's final report will be published next year, after further consultation with health and social staff across England on eight areas of care.

These are maternity and newborn care, children's health, planned care, mental health, staying healthy, long-term conditions, acute care, and end-of-life care.

Allied Health Professions Federation president Grahame Pope said the review represented 'an enormous opportunity' for AHPs to influence services and to promote innovation.


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Matthew Limb

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17 October 2007

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