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Physios back call for ‘charter of rights’ for people with learning disabilities or autism

18 December 2014 - 9:50am

Physiotherapists are supporting a proposal for the government to draw up a charter of rights for people with learning disabilities and/or autism – but are disappointed not to be included in the plans.

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ACPPLD chair Jenny Tinkler: 'Physios are experts in movement and associated function'

The idea for a charter of rights is contained in a report published by NHS England’s transforming care and commissioning steering group last month.

It calls for the charter to include:

  • a right for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to challenge decisions to admit or continue keeping them in inpatient care
  • extending  the right to have a personal health budget to more people with learning disabilities and/or autism

And it says the government should establish a £30 million social investment fund ‘to build capacity in community-based services’.

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for People with Learning Disabilities (ACPPLD) welcomed the report, but said it failed to highlight the valuable role of physiotherapy.

The association’s chair, Jenny Tinkler, told Frontline: ‘We welcome acknowledgment of the need to invest in the expansion and quality of community-based services, especially multidisciplinary community learning disability teams. But it is disappointing to note that physiotherapy was not identified as one of the professions aligned to a community learning disability team.

‘Physios are experts in movement and associated function, adapted exercise and activity, so we are well positioned to support people in managing their physical health needs.’



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