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CSP celebrates its contribution to improving public health

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) hosted a reception at Church House, Westminster on Wednesday 15 July to celebrate the contribution of physiotherapy in showing how innovative physiotherapy services can help improve public health.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) hosted a reception at Church House, Westminster on Wednesday 15 July to celebrate the contribution of physiotherapy in showing how innovative physiotherapy services can reduce GP workload, expand patient choice and reduce orthopaedic waiting lists.  Guests included MPs, CSP members and staff, representatives from the Department of Health, Allied Health Professionals organisations, and patient groups. 

The event highlighted the success of the new CSP publication, Making Physiotherapy Count, www.csp.org.uk/sepp that was published on 23 June 2004 and presented to the health policy community.  The publication is one element of the Sharing Effective Physiotherapy Practice (SEPP) project and was pioneered by the CSP.  With the involvement of health professionals, patient representatives and policy-makers, the findings are the result of a rigorous examination of some of the best and most innovative quality assured musculoskeletal physiotherapy services.

Grahame Pope, Chair of CSP Council said:  "This is a celebration of the contribution that physiotherapists are making to the major issues in health policy: real patient choice and
responsive services, driving down waiting lists, working smarter for the benefit of patients,
working in partnership with other professionals and making the NHS, a 'health' as well as a
sickness service. This document is just the beginning.  We are committed to extending the
impact of physiotherapy and this project is food for thought for anyone who is serious about improving the quality of and access to health care across the UK."

Speaking at the event, Kay East, Chief Health Professions Officer for the Department of Health (DoH), said: "This document gives us an opportunity to promote allied health practice and demonstrate that it works and that is really important for us at the DoH. It gives us concrete examples of practice and provides top tips that are practical. By sharing this document across the NHS we can share a sea-change in health care and make a real difference to patients."

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For further details, please contact the CSP press office on 0207 306 6628/6616

The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 42, 000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.  For previous releases, visit: www.csp.org.uk/mediagovernment/mediareleases
  

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