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People with MS need rapid access to physiotherapy

6 July 2011 - 12:01pm

People with multiple sclerosis should have rapid access to physiotherapy says a report from the Work Foundation, the leading independent authority on the future of work. 

The report, ‘Ready to Work? Meeting the employment and career aspirations of people with Multiple Sclerosis’, highlights the employment problems faced by people with MS.

The CSP backs the report’s recommendation for rapid access to physiotherapy and has produced an MS Physiotherapy Works briefing which supports this view.

Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, said:  ‘Physiotherapy intervention and advice early after diagnosis can reduce disability, maximise potential for independence, improve employment sustainability and reduce the impact that the disease has on health and quality of life factors.’

Policy changes

As well as recommending early access to physiotherapy the report also calls for improved access to flexible working, adjustments to workplace environments and appropriate government policies that enable people with MS to have fulfilling working lives.

Stephen Lloyd, MP and member of the work and pensions select committee, said:  ‘It is essential that a complex condition such as MS is properly understood by employers and policy makers in the UK to allow the many people with MS who want to work to do so.’

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