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Reaping the rewards

A successful physiotherapy service that was set up to help local farmers should be rolled out nationally to bring wider benefits, says the CSP.

The Society has written to the National Farmers’ Union to inform its members about the success of the Farm Out Health Project. Set up in June 2001, Farm Out is funded by the High Peak and Dales primary care trust and East Midlands Development Agency.

Its development led to physiotherapist Fiona Horton holding weekly physiotherapy clinics at local livestock markets since 2003. Farmers and their families can ask advice, initiate physiotherapy or request a farm visit for ergonomic assessment and other assistance.

The project was originally featured in the CSP booklet Widening Access to Physiotherapy and in Frontline.  CSP professional adviser Ruth ten Hove said the model was still a success five years on. ‘We have written to the NFU president Peter Kendall to tell him about the model, about self referral and how we’re really keen to take forward better access,’ she said.

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