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TUC13: Fund NHS clinical placements properly, says CSP

11 September 2013 - 11:49am

CSP assistant director Claire Sullivan voiced her support for a motion calling for the education needs of NHS staff to be a continuing priority.

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CSP assistant director Claire Sullivan: 'An over-stretched, over-burdened NHS workforce is finding it almost impossible to find the time and money to deliver clinical placements.' Photo: Jess Hurd

'This government is cutting therapy undergraduate places year on year. Four hundred physiotherapy university places have been lost over the last four years alone,' she said.

In the past three years the NHS had lost specialist staff in all therapy services, with nearly a quarter of all senior clinical grades cut in England.

'At the same time an over-stretched, over-burdened NHS workforce is finding it almost impossible to find the time and money to deliver the clinical placements that are an essential part of all graduate courses,' Ms Sullivan said.

'At worst, these cuts represent a cynical disregard for the future needs of us all,' she added.

The motion, calling on the TUC council to lobby NHS commissioners on the need for appropriate education for NHS staff, was passed unanimously.

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