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Differences between AHPs not recognised in NHS Plan

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

The CSP responds to news that vital differences between AHPs have not been recognised in the Government's NHS Plan.

Commenting on the Government's failure to differentiate between AHP staff for the purpose of the NHS retention and recruitment plan, the CSP's Head of Industrial Relations Research, Kate Moran, said:

'The AHP's are a group of very different professions with diverse roles and, in terms of retention and recruitment, there are separate issues affecting each profession.  Therefore, it is not at all helpful to lump us all together.  For example, undergraduate courses for physiotherapy training are well oversubscribed whereas there are fewer applications for radiography courses.  However, physiotherapy has more difficulty retaining staff in the NHS once they have qualified because of the many attractive opportunities for physios in the private sector.  Such opportunities for radiographers, for instance, are much rarer.

It is vital that the DOH acknowledges the difference between AHPs and looks at the professions individually to establish why people are leaving the NHS - rather than making the assumption that the all AHPs face the same problems and, therefore, that the same solutions will be appropriate for all.  Failure to recognise these differences will only hide the disparate problems that need to be tackled if the DOH is to make real inroads into solving the retention and recruitment crisis.'
 

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Notes to editors.

1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 39,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth largest health profession after medicine, nursing and midwifery.

For more information, please contact the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 28

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