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Rehabilitation standards go live

19 May 2009 - 3:30pm

Rehabilitation standards, designed to protect the quality of care provided to people who require medical and vocational rehabilitation, were launched today.

The UK Rehabilitation Council drew up the standards for use by commissioners and service users.

Quality assurance

CSP director of practice and development Jill Higgins, who represents the Society on the council, said: ‘With about six million people in the UK who are in work reporting that they have a long-standing health condition and with working-age ill-health estimated to cost the country around £100bn every year, it is crucial that we have recognised standards that quality assure rehabilitation services to inform and support users and purchasers.’

The standards are expected to be used widely as an assessment tool by groups such as insurers, civil servants and personal injury lawyers when commissioning rehabilitation from private sector providers.

Protecting users and purchasers

Council chair Catherine McLoughlin said: ‘The standards are a response to the widespread and repeated calls for improved quality controls on rehabilitation providers. They give a tool to people who may have no specialist knowledge of rehabilitation, helping them to assess potential providers before they are appointed and to monitor the care once it has started.

‘Private firms providing rehabilitation have improved the lives of tens of thousands of injured and unwell people. Unfortunately a minority of these firms have under-delivered and over-charged, so undermining confidence in the whole concept. Our standards will strengthen the hand of customers and bona fide care providers.’

See the UK Rehabilitation Council website for more on the rehabilitation standards: www.rehabcouncil.org.uk

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