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Physios plan better care in Northern Ireland

5 April 2011 - 4:43pm

Physio teams from every trust in Northern Ireland have put their heads together at a CSP-hosted event to identify the most effective ways of delivering healthcare.

Forty managers and clinical leaders attended the seminar, run by Natalie Beswetherick and  Claire Strickland from the CSP’s Practice and Development Function, and Zac Arif from the NHS Access Partnership.

Looking in a different way

Members in Northern Ireland face economic cuts of 15%, so the day was driven by their needs. It was designed to help them look at their services in a different way, to identify more efficient and effective methods to deliver care, share good practice, develop clear patient pathways and start the process that will enable them to make necessary changes.

Among the main challenges identified by those attending were the increase in throughput of patients, with quicker discharges; falling standards of patient care caused by increased workloads which allow less time with patients; and issues around discharge, including poor communication across organisational boundaries and lack of follow-up rehabilitation.

Taking an overview

Among the speakers was Kevin McMahon, Allied Health Professional consultant with the Public Health Agency, who has responsibility for physiotherapy on local commissioning groups.

He gave members an overview of the strategic direction of healthcare and set out the commissioning priorities and likely opportunities for physiotherapists that would result from them.

Great success

Cathie McIlroy, a manager at NI Southern Trust, said the day had been a great success.

‘This is the first time that managers and clinicians have come together and had the opportunity to work collaboratively on pathway redesign,’ she said.

‘It is so important that clinicians feel supported by their managers and that clinicians are enabled to lead and own the changes within their clinical areas.’

A follow up day will be held later this year. To register your interest contact: Hilary McErlean:


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