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ARC 2013: Physios well-placed to act when domestic violence looms

5 March 2013 - 4:27pm

The ‘unique’ nature of the relationships that physiotherapy staff forge with patients means they must be aware of the steps to take when issues of domestic violence emerge.

That was the message at the annual representative conference given by Maria Jones, from North West stewards, who said patients might divulge personal information to physio staff that they have not shared with anyone else. She spoke in support of a motion - which delegates backed unanimously - that urged the CSP to publicise guidance on domestic violence that the Department of Health issued in 2010.

The society should also work with NHS Employers to monitor how well the guidance was being implemented, the motion said. A key recommendation states that every NHS organisation should appoint a designated person to advise on appropriate services and referral pathways.

Rachael Machin, from the CSP’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered network, said that one woman in four in four experiences domestic at some point in her life, which could include physical and sexual abuse, or even digital stalking.

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