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CSP comments on shortage of jobs for graduate physios

CSP press release published on 13 July 2007

As thousands of final year physiotherapy students graduate from university, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is calling for urgent Government action to find solutions to the jobs crisis that continues to seriously affect their chances of following a career in their chosen profession

Latest figures from the CSP show that of the 2,413 physiotherapists who graduated in 2006, 63 per cent are still without their first permanent NHS junior physiotherapy post (1).

CSP Chief Executive, Phil Gray said: 'Financial cutbacks enforced last year to help the NHS balance its books have made a real mess of the jobs market for newly qualified physiotherapists.

'Prospects for physiotherapists graduating now and over the rest of the summer look especially grim because they are competing against the huge backlog of unemployed graduates from 2006.

'It makes no sense to have a workforce, whose training is commissioned and paid for by the NHS, sat idle while thousands of patients are waiting for treatment. The Government must not allow the careers of talented physios to be written off while it works on finding jobs for junior doctors. Real solutions must now be found to ensure that physiotherapists and their colleagues in nursing and midwifery are also able to put their skills to use.'
(1)  Of the 63 per cent of physiotherapists who qualified in 2006, 33 per cent are without work, 27 per cent have a short-term post and 3 per cent have given up looking. Only 37 per cent have a permanent NHS junior physiotherapy job.

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For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 07786 332 197

Further facts on physiotherapy graduate unemployment:

  • Around 2,600 physiotherapists are graduating over the course of 2007
  • It costs around £30,000 to train a single physiotherapist
  • The jobs crisis is not a result of training too many physiotherapists. A planned expansion of the physiotherapy workforce was agreed to and encouraged by the Government to meet rising patient demand and help realise key manifesto commitments - 18-week wait, for example.

The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 49,000 chartered physiotherapists, students and assistants.

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