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VIDEO - ARC 2013: Physiotherapy staff called on to 'have courage' post-Francis

4 March 2013 - 4:12pm

All NHS staff, including physiotherapists and allied health professionals need to see the Francis Report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust as a wake-up call into the quality of care provision within the health service.

Phil Gray speaks at ARC 2013

CSP chief executive Phil Gray addresses ARC 2013.

Addressing this year’s annual representative conference CSP chief executive Phil Gray told delegates that the report should be seen as a ‘big challenge’ for the profession.

'More physio for more people': Phil Gray's speech to delegates at ARC 2013. Click to play video

Despite the fact that physiotherapists and allied health professionals do not feature directly in any of the report’s 290 recommendations Mr Gray warned that it would be ‘unfair and untrue’ for the profession to take the view that the problems it identifies were just confined to Mid Staffordshire and ‘nought to do with us.

‘Physiotherapists in hospitals are probably the most mobile force of all staff groups and as they go round from one ward to another they know where there are wards with rubbish care and where there are wards with excellent care and one of the professional ethical challenges is to have the courage to say stop.

‘They need to have the courage to say when someone is lying in their own faeces to go to one of the nurses and say please sort it out and have the courage to help them get it sorted out.

‘What we all need is the courage to challenge when things go wrong.’

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