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Improving the health of the NHS workforce will benefit staff and patients

CSP press release published on 19 August 2009

NHS Health and Wellbeing Review – CSP response to interim report

Patients and staff will benefit if positive steps are taken to improve the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said today. Welcoming the recommendations made by Dr Steven Boorman in his interim report for the NHS Health and Wellbeing review, Liz Cavan, Chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

"The innovative recommendations in Dr Boorman’s interim report present a real opportunity to significantly improve the health and wellbeing of the highly committed NHS workforce. "It is important to recognise the challenging context in which so many frontline healthcare staff work. Improving the health of our NHS workforce can be brought about, not by criticising NHS staff, but by truly making staff health and wellbeing a priority. Patients will then benefit. Investment in NHS staff health and wellbeing is essential to ensure that the Government’s commitment to improving quality, innovation, productivity and prevention is realised. "The CSP welcomes the commitment in Dr Boorman’s report to embedding staff health and wellbeing as a priority in the next NHS Operating Framework, and hopes that current financial challenges will not constrain Trusts in radically improving occupational health services to help keep NHS staff well and in work. "Physiotherapists are particularly enthusiastic about Dr Boorman’s recommendation that priority be given to getting two million people more active by 2012. Physios understand the benefits of regular physical activity in improving long-term health and quality of life. "The CSP hopes that Dr Boorman’s recommendation that early intervention services be routinely available for NHS staff with musculoskeletal disorders and mental health conditions will be put into practice at the earliest opportunity. There is ample evidence that early intervention can prevent longer-term problems or recurrence of most musculoskeletal conditions, and get people back to work."

Liz Cavan explains, "Physiotherapy is well placed to play a valuable role in NHS occupational health services. Physiotherapists assess problems in both clinical and workplace settings, and provide advice and solutions for long-term benefit. Physios work with NHS colleagues to help manage musculoskeletal, neurological and mental health conditions, and the delivery of public health initiatives in the workplace". Interim report Final CSP submission Ends

Notes to editors

  • For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111. Out of hours please call Becky Darke, CSP media relations officer, on 07900 160349. Or email pressoffice@csp.org.uk
  • 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.

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