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Quality mark recognises physiotherapy occupational health services

1 May 2015 - 1:00am

Physiotherapists in occupational health can now apply for industry standard accreditation as a stamp of approval for the safety, effectiveness and quality of their services.

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The accreditation – known as the safe, effective, quality occupational health service or SEQOHS – is managed by the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. The college announced the inclusion for the first time of physiotherapy on 1 May.

Since its launch in 2010 the accreditation has become a recognised industry standard for occupational health services. A spokesperson for the college said it could bring a commercial advantage and offered validation of a safe and effective service.

Ahead of the announcement the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) had been working on a pilot to test how applicable the accreditation scheme was for physiotherapy occupational health services.

Mark Armour is chair of ACPOHE and clinical director at rehabilitation business RehabWorks. He said: ‘Occupational health physiotherapy has made great strides in the past few years and gained improved recognition and working relationships within the occupational health world.

‘The new accreditation will allow occupational health physios to demonstrate their commitment to excellence and quality.’

The announcement was welcomed by CSP professional adviser Jenny Nissler, who praised the work of ACPOHE on the pilot scheme. According to Ms Nissler, the accreditation would bring opportunities for occupational health physiotherapists.

‘CSP members will be able to evidence their occupational health services, whether as larger practices or companies, or as sole practitioners working in occupational health,’ she said.

Occupational health services wishing to be accredited must first register by uploading evidence onto the SEQOHS website. They will then receive a site visit by assessors. Once accredited, services will be issued with a certificate which will last for five years, subject to annual checks.

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