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CSP welcomes Welsh Government’s £50million budget for NHS intermediate care

22 October 2013 - 5:07pm

A budget deal between the major political parties in Wales that will result in a £50million investment in intermediate care has been welcomed by the CSP.

The money will be used to provide alternatives to hospital treatment and support patients’ independent living through post-hospital reablement services, on-call community rapid response teams and care home services.

Local health boards and local authorities must submit joint bids to receive funding from the scheme.

The Welsh draft budget for 2014 to 2015, published on 8 October, also promised an extra £9.5million investment in telemedicine services.

Philippa Ford, CSP policy officer for Wales, said the CSP welcomed the increased resources for the NHS in Wales.

‘The agreement between the Labour Party, Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru has meant there will be specific investment in intermediate care and integrated service development between health and social care,’ she said.

‘This will provide opportunities for the profession and we must maximise the contribution of physiotherapy in this area.’

  • Physiotherapy case studies were featured in the annual report from NHS Wales’ chief executive, David Sissling.

His report, published this month, highlighted work done by the musculoskeletal clinical assessment service at Abertawe Bro Morgannwyg University Health Board and the orthopaedic lifestyle management service at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

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