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CSP presents evidence to Scottish parliament health committee

24 March 2015 - 11:45am

CSP Scotland’s public affairs and policy manager has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee on seven day services in the NHS.


Kenryck Lloyd-Jones gave evidence on 17 March

Kenryck Lloyd-Jones was representing the Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland, who were invited with other professional and staff-side bodies. The Scottish government has initiated a task force to look at options for improving outcomes and patient flow.

Speaking at the round-table evidence session, he was keen to point out that the issue was not simply around patient safety in acute care during weekends.

Wider issues

'The issue is not just about patient safety,' he said. 'It is also about things such as delayed discharge and the fact that there is enormous pressure on the system, which could be relieved if systems were more fully operational at weekends. The issue is related to a much wider question of prevention and supported discharge.

'I am speaking on behalf of the allied health professions which are not employed on a 52-week basis so, unlike for clinical staff, there is no backfill for annual leave or sickness absence. That needs to be addressed if we are considering the quality of patient care.

'The second and more central issue is that if you spread services thinly, you may actually provide a worse service. Unless things are co-ordinated you will end up with allied health professions in at weekends but unable to refer patients on to social services or to care in a community setting.'

Economic evidence for preventative care

Mike McKenzie MSP asked whether any of the witnesses were aware of sound economic evidence for preventative care, which gave an opportunity to highlight the CSP falls prevention economic model.

'The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has produced a falls prevention economic model,' said Lloyd-Jones, hihglighting the figures for every health board area in Scotland.

The CSP falls prevention economic model has since been provided to the committee MSPs.

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