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New publication helps physios plan ahead in modern NHS

CSP press release published on 3 May 2007

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is launching a brand new guide on 10 May 2007 to help physiotherapists get to grips with NHS commissioning.

Making the Business Case: A physiotherapist’s guide to commissioning will help physiotherapy managers and clinical leads work confidently with NHS commissioners to ensure that commissioners understand the contribution physiotherapy can make to better ‘value for money’ patient services.

Physiotherapists have become key players in delivering modern healthcare services and this new guide will help them think in financial terms and cope in the modern NHS with:

  • Workable steps to initiate business thinking, including marketing and negotiation skills
  • Detailed examples of value for money physiotherapy services
  • Explanation of recent government policy and its impact on physiotherapy
  • A practical tool kit, with exercises, tips and check lists

Sarah Bazin, CSP Chair of Council, explains the context for this new guide: “About one in twenty of the twelve million hospital admissions in England last year were for injuries or conditions requiring physiotherapy treatment (see note 5). Physiotherapists also play an active role in preventing and treating falls, and in reducing the number of deaths following heart attack or stroke. Increasingly, physiotherapists are helping people to live independently, and to return to work after a period of incapacity.

“Working across a wide range of primary, secondary and independent healthcare settings, physiotherapists are at the heart of effective patient care and are helping to bring down waiting lists”. Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, President of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and current President of the Royal Society of Medicine, said: “Clarifying the unique contribution physiotherapy can make to better services is a challenge the profession must embrace. Physiotherapists are natural innovators with a great deal to offer and much of the material in Making the Business Case draws on the experience of many members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy” Ends

Notes to editors

  1. For more information please call Becky Darke or Jennie Edmondson in the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628 / 020 7306 6616 Mobiles: 07900 160 349 / 07786 332 197.
  2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 48,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. For previous releases visit www.csp.org.uk
  3. Making the Business Case: A physiotherapist’s guide to commissioning can be downloaded by CSP members without charge at www.csp.org.uk/makingthebusinesscase from 10 May 2007. Hard copies priced £10 (£8 for CSP members) can be purchased by ordering online or by contacting the Enquiry Handling Unit: Tel. 020 7306 6666 Email: enquiries@csp.org.uk
  4. For your records, a complimentary copy of the guide will be posted to you shortly.
  5. Hospital Episode Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre - 2004/05. For more details see CSP press release Over half a million people in England admitted to hospital for head, neck, back and bone injuries last year (13 October 2006).

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