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Members urged to give feedback on NHS commissioning plans

9 January 2013 - 11:13am

The CSP is encouraging physiotherapy staff in England to contribute to an NHS consultation that will directly influence patient care in a range of specialised services.


'Physiotherapists have significant expertise to contribute': Karen Middleton, chief health professions officer at the Department of Health. Photo: Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

The NHS Commissioning Board launched a series of draft documents addressing service specifications and clinical commissioning policies in mid-December.

The documents aim to guide commissioners by detailing the resources and expertise that various services require. Service standards are set out for five key areas: internal medicine; cancer and blood; mental health; trauma; and women and children.

Feedback on the documents is now needed from across the healthcare professions and the CSP is liaising with all the professional networks to gather responses before the 25 January deadline.

Two-week deadline

Claire Strickland, the CSP’s head of physiotherapy practice, said: ‘We urge all members to respond to this consultation and to check that physiotherapy is included in all appropriate specifications. We only have two weeks to do this – so identify the specifications which are a priority for your work or clinical area and contribute via the online form.

‘If we don’t do this now we will lose this unique opportunity to influence commissioners.'

Karen Middleton, chief health professions officer at the Department of Health, added: ‘Physiotherapists have significant expertise to contribute to the consultation in the specialist areas, and the outcome of the consultation will directly influence the commissioning of such services in the future.

‘It is really important that physiotherapists respond to ensure that any future commissioning is informed by their clinical knowledge.'

Further information on the five care categories and how to respond to the consultation can be found at the link below.


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