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Business case for physiotherapy stressed at parliamentary event

25 October 2011 - 8:25pm

The ‘business case’ for physiotherapy in Northern Ireland was spelled out today at an event hosted by CSP at the Parliament Buildings in Stormont.

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Pictured L-R: Liz Cavan, Natalie Beswetherick, Patricia Gordon, Dermot Ferris, Paula Bradley   Photo: Kevin Cooper

With health and social care currently being reviewed in Northern Ireland, CSP policy officer Tom Sullivan said the event offered a vital opportunity to outline the economic case for physiotherapy to politicians and policy makers.

Drawing on the CSP’s ‘Physiotherapy Works’ briefing documents, Mr Sullivan said: ‘If physiotherapy services are implemented properly, they can deliver more effective and efficient services to patients.’

Delivering better services

Speaking at Tuesday’s event, Natalie Bestwetherick, CSP’s director of practice and development, said: ‘These reference documents are designed to inform and educate decision makers such as commissioners and politicians about delivering better services for patients.

‘Physiotherapy works not only for patients, but also for employers, commissioners and for government. Investment in it is a no brainer.’

Mr Sullivan added: ‘Patients should not have to travel for physiotherapy and as much treatment and management as possible that can be done in the patient’s home or as close to the patient’s home as possible must become the norm. Commissioners need to look at these documents and learn from them.’

Speakers included Paula Bradley, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Patricia Gordon, chief executive, MS Society Northern Ireland, Dermot Ferris, patient representative and stroke survivor, and Liz Cavan, chair, Allied Health Professionals Federation Northern Ireland.

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