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CSP briefs on how physios can improve social care

24 June 2014 - 9:49am

A major new document outlining the value of physiotherapy in social care settings has been launched around the UK.


CSP chair of council Sue Rees (centre) and chief executive Karen Middleton (right) celebrate the new Social Care briefing with director for Wales of Carers Trust, Simon Hatch. Photo: Michael Hall

Physiotherapy Works for Social Care is the latest in the CSP’s series of physiotherapy works documents, which presents the case for greater use of physiotherapy in different areas of healthcare.

The latest document is the first to highlight physiotherapy’s services outside a direct healthcare setting. It is designed to meet the increasing requirement in all four UK countries for greater integration between social care and healthcare.

The document includes statistics on physiotherapy’s effectiveness and a number of case studies. It was drawn up following detailed consultation with CSP members and health and social care service users in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

File 128976Duncan McNeil MSP, hosting the Edinburgh event, chats with patient groups. Photo: Simon Saffery

It outlines the ‘5Rs’, which encapsulate the value that physiotherapy can bring to social care:

  • reversal in deterioration and ability
  • resilience through self-management and integration into the community
  • results gained by focusing on outcomes not activity
  • responsiveness to people’s changing needs
  • resources that are saved by physiotherapy’s cost-effectiveness

The launch of the new physiotherapy works document has already taken place in Northern Ireland and Scotland, with the Wales launch on 25 June and the England launch in the House of Commons on 9 July.

CSP regional networks and country boards will be writing to their local directors of social services to introduce the new briefing. The CSP plans to further make the case for physiotherapy in social care at the National Children and Adult Services conference in October in Manchester.

File 128945CSP members at the Belfast launch of the Physiotherapy Works for Social Care with Fearghal McKinney, MLA, health committee member for the SDLP Photo: Kevin Cooper

Donna Castle, CSP head of public affairs and policy, said: ‘It’s increasingly important for physiotherapists and support workers to promote the work they do in social care settings, as well as in the healthcare services they are more commonly associated with.

‘With the drive towards a genuine integration of health and social care in all four UK countries, physiotherapists need to demonstrate their key role in designing and delivering seamless services that improve outcomes and cut costs.’

Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, CSP public affairs and policy manager for Scotland, said: ‘With the integration of health and social care as a top priority in Scotland, it's been a great opportunity to highlight the role of physiotherapy.’

Philippa Ford, CSP public affairs and policy manager for Wales, said: ‘The job for the profession now is to make sure its messages reach social care and third sector colleagues right across Wales.’

Tom Sullivan, CSP public affairs and policy manager for Northern Ireland, said: ‘It was great to see so many patient groups at the launch in Belfast. It demonstrates that physiotherapy works for social care focuses on what matters most to people – cost-effective community physiotherapy services that provide prevention, early intervention and rehabilitation.’

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