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Physiotherapists keen to see inequalities addressed by the National Service Framework for Older People

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Phil Gray sets forth what the Society would like to see happen as a result of the NSF for Older People

Physiotherapists are keen to see health inequalities for older people addressed by the soon-to-be published NSF for Older People.

CSP chief executive, Phil Gray said: 'Evidence shows that older people are currently subject to a massive variation in healthcare standards across the country. This applies equally to access to care, and quality of the care received. The CSP is hopeful that the NSF will address this issue.'

The Audit Commission (2000) report on rehabilitation services for older people, states that therapists are central to the delivery of rehabilitation services.

Mr Gray said: 'Physiotherapists are already involved in some excellent examples of interagency collaboration around rehabilitation. It is crucial that health professionals from all disciplines work in partnership if older people are to get the best possible care.

'We would like to see the NSF recognise the importance of active rehabilitation carried out by chartered physiotherapists and other allied health professionals in intermediate care settings - working with older people, and their carers, in areas of prevention and of recovery, for example around stroke, osteoporosis and falls. This way therapists can prevent unnecessary hospital admission, support early discharge - thus freeing up acute hospital beds, and reduce or delay the need for long-term institutional care.'

He added: 'One of the major challenges of the coming years is for health and social care agencies to work together to facilitate the essential expansion of rehabilitation services across the UK. '


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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (the CSP) is the professional, educational, and trade union body for the United Kingdom's 38,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. 


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