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We can reduce your waiting lists, physios tell Blair

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Physiotherapy has a vital role to play in reducing waiting lists, preventing hospital admissions and improving patient access, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has told the Government.

The Society has submitted detailed briefings to the Government's modernisation action teams, as part of the consultation exercise on the future of the NHS.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said: 'The Prime Minister has asked why successful schemes operating in one part of the country are not being carried out in others.

'We have taken this opportunity to highlight innovative practice which could benefit patients across the UK.'

Examples highlighted by the CSP include an orthopaedic screening service provided by physiotherapists in Sheffield which reduced the patient wait for an initial hospital appointment from 11 months to 32 working days, and eliminated the need for 78 per cent of patients to attend hospital at all.

Sheffield is also the setting for a rapid response health and social services team for older people admitted to A&E after a fall. Physiotherapists working in multidisciplinary teams have saved the Northern General Hospital the equivalent of a 17-bedded ward over a nine month period during which the scheme was monitored.

Pressure on acute beds in Kettering led to a collaborative approach to caring for patients who need a period of recuperation after a stay in hospital or treatment in A&E. The project offers therapy and nursing services in a nursing home setting. After treatment in the unit, 64 per cent of patients are discharged without need of any further help.

Mr Gray said: 'Patients have shown huge satisfaction with these, and other schemes. I only hope that the teams charged with modernising our NHS will pay attention to the voices of both the professionals and the public.' 

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

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