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CSP in joint venture to promote physio for older people

2 May 2014 - 12:04pm

The CSP is to work with NHS commissioning experts that cover a population of 3.9 million people to produce an ‘evidence package’ that physiotherapy works and can save money.

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The CSP has teamed up with West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit to help make the case for physiotherapy in preventing falls

The society has teamed up with West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit, which backs 15 clinical commissioning groups covering more than 500 GP practices.The unit will be working with the CSP to help make the case for physiotherapy in preventing falls, particularly in frail older people.

Sue Hayward-Giles, the CSP assistant director leading the project, explained the unique partnership with the support unit: ‘The managing director of the CSU, Alison Hughes, is a former physiotherapist.This all came about as the result of a chance meeting.’

Over six months, the unit will analyse international data on the efficacy and health economic case for physiotherapy, specifically on treating falls but also for older frail people in general. This will be compared across three yet-to-be selected local physiotherapy projects.

Evidence and materials produced by the project, including an economic model, will be used to help persuade other CCGs to commission high quality physiotherapy services. The aim is that all tools, case studies, and other material produced by the project will be suitable for use by physiotherapists locally, and training will be provided to use the tools. The materials will be jointly branded between the CSP and the unit.

Although three potential trusts have been identified to take part in the project, only one has been confirmed.

‘Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will definitely be one of them,’ said Ms Hayward-Giles.

As well as the tools the project aims to improve understanding within the CSP of the new NHS commissioning landscape, and to boost the society’s skills in influencing commissioners as part of its Physiotherapy Works programme launched earlier this year.

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