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Physio key to occupational health, says CSP

13 September 2011 - 4:44pm

The CSP has told an independent review of the sickness absence system in the UK that physiotherapy can cut the time people take off work sick, and save companies and the state money.

In its official submission to the independent review, commissioned by the government in February this year, the CSP said that self-referral, universal access to occupational health services, and support for employees to remain in work, could all help improve occupational health.

The CSP’s document, submitted last month, contained evidence from a number of case studies.

The case studies demonstrated how a call centre introduced in-house and discounted physiotherapy and saw a return of £34 for every £1 invested, and how a utilities company cut employee claims for back pain by tenfold after introducing a physiotherapy occupational health programme.

Chaired by the national director for health and work, Dame Carol Black, and director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost, the review’s report is due to be published later this autumn.

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