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Physio joins board of directors for new whiplash ‘watchdog’ and accreditation body

4 December 2014 - 12:01pm

A physiotherapist has been made a director of a new watchdog for whiplash insurance claims in England and Wales.

Chris Worsfold

Chris Worsfold, clinical physio specialising in whiplash and neck pain, joins not-for-profit reform body MedCo

Chris Worsfold represents the CSP on the board of MedCo, a not-for-profit organisation that will implement the government’s whiplash reforms.

The organisation will train and accredit medical experts who work with soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash. It will also audit and review experts’ medical reports in a bid to raise standards.

Mr Worsfold, a clinical physiotherapist who specialises in whiplash injury and neck pain, was the society’s representative on the working group for the Ministry of Justice’s whiplash reform programme.

He told Frontline he was proud to represent the CSP. ‘It is the culmination of a fantastic team effort and represents a tremendous opportunity for physios to get more involved in medical reporting.

‘The profile of our profession has been raised thanks to our commitment to this process and people in every corner of the industry are now talking about physios in relation to medico-legal reporting.’

MedCo will offer users an independent online hub that provides whiplash claimants and their solicitors with a choice of accredited experts and medical reporting organisations.

Rachel Newton, the CSP’s head of public affairs and policy development, said MedCo would help to improve the quality of medical reports and assessments while reducing fraudulent whiplash claims

She said members are ‘ideally placed’ to improve the quality of medical reports. ‘Physios with relevant experience will be able to put themselves forward to become accredited, and to become registered on the MedCo database.’

The accreditation process has not yet been fully established. In the meantime, experts must register with MedCo by 6 April 2015 to continue providing reports.

Physios can register their interest by completing an ‘expressions of interest survey’ on the MedCo website before 4 January.

Mr Worsfold is currently commenting on whiplash injury on BBC One’s daily Claimed and Shamed programme about insurance fraud.

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