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Physiotherapy Works A&E: latest briefing a trigger to raising the profile of the profession

16 December 2014 - 4:46pm

Physiotherapy works extremely well in A&E. It reduces delays and inefficiencies, prevents unnecessary admissions and enables the timely discharge of patients.

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The evidence shows that therapy-led services save money, prevent admissions, and reduce the length of stays. Photo: Guzelian

These are some of the key messages in the CSP’s latest easy-to-read Physiotherapy Works briefing. The series aims to help physios raise the profession’s profile with commissioners, GPs and managers.

‘Who do you know that might be commissioning A&E services? If you’re going to a meeting with managers, you should have some copies ready to hand out – like a departmental calling card,’ said CSP professional adviser Eve Jenner.

Thousands of copies of Physiotherapy Works A&E are available to members. They will be available at CSP events, and can be ordered from the enquiry handling unit or downloaded using the links below.

In 2012-13 more than 18 million people attended A&E units in England. This cost more than £2 billion, including £440 million for musculoskeletal injuries.

Physios managing these injuries achieve equivalent clinical outcomes – and lower direct costs – to doctors and emergency nurse practitioners, the leaflet shows.

‘This briefing should be a trigger to raising the profile of physiotherapists’ expertise,’ said Ms Jenner.

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