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Physios are ‘perfectly positioned’ to make every contact count

9 July 2014 - 3:34pm

Physiotherapy staff must engage with the public health agenda and use every opportunity to empower patients to make healthier lifestyle choices, the CSP has said.

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Across the country physios come into contact with thousands of individuals every day and can encourage healthy lifestyle choices

Responding to the Public Health England (PHE) business plan for 2014 to 2015, Stuart Palma, CSP professional adviser, said it was essential that CSP members were aware of the work PHE is undertaking. ‘This plan highlights some excellent opportunities for physio staff.’

The business plan calls for a shift away from the current focus on treatment and illness. ‘The promotion of wellness and resilience, prevention and early intervention should be our watchwords, helping people to stay as healthy as they can be for as long as possible,’ it says.

The plan lists a number of key actions for the year ahead, including the production of an implementation framework for physical activity, the roll-out of a workplace wellbeing charter, and the launch of the National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network. This will support the delivery of improved physical and mental wellbeing services with authoritative research, intelligence, and evidenced best practice.

Mr Palma said: ‘Physiotherapy staff come into contact with thousands of individuals every day and are perfectly positioned to empower people to make healthy lifestyle choices to maintain or improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.’

The CSP is currently working with PHE on a number of topics.  Further details of this work will be posted on the Public Health iCSP network.

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