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Physiotherapists welcome commitment to early intervention services

CSP press release published on 2 December 2010

Proposals a step in the right direction

Measures in the Government’s health white paper to help keep people fit for work have been welcomed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The government will encourage employers to provide early intervention services that treat a person’s injury or condition before it develops into a more serious problem that requires a long-term sickness absence.

The white paper highlights the role the NHS, as Britain’s largest employer, can play as a role model for others. The service is currently working to reduce sickness absence in its workforce by a third.

Phil Gray, Chief Executive of the CSP, said:

“This is an important step towards securing a healthier workforce for the nation.

“Long-term sickness absence can devastate a person’s life and adds costs for the employer, the health service and the welfare bill.

“Employers – and the NHS in particular – must do more to keep staff fit for work and we are pleased to see the white paper acknowledges that responsibility.

“Physiotherapists play a huge role in returning people to work each day and it is encouraging that this important work has been recognised.”

The CSP’s recent report, Sickness Costs, showed that time taken off work because of musculoskeletal disorders alone costs the economy about £7.4 billion a year.

Elsewhere in the white paper, the CSP welcomed recognition of the importance for people to have access to green spaces that provide opportunities for no-cost exercise.

However, the society called for more information on funding and commissioning of public health services. It also repeated concerns about a postcode lottery being created under plans for GP-led commissioning.

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  1. For further media information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111. Out of hours please call Debbie Broadhurst, head of press and PR on 07786 332197 or Jon Ryan, media and PR officer on 07917-091200.
  2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 49,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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