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Top industry accolades for Lancashire physios

CSP press release published on 26 November 2012

Innovative approach to reducing worker sickness absence secures main prize

A team of physiotherapists from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has won two prestigious profession-wide awards for their work in reducing sickness absence.

The FAST Physio team were crowned physiotherapy team of the year and also picked up the reducing health and social care costs award at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s (CSP) Annual Awards, held today at the Hotel Russell in London.

Set up in August 2010, FAST Physio provides physiotherapy advice and support for East Lancashire Hospitals’ 7,000 staff.

Since launching, FAST Physio has reduced musculoskeletal sickness rates from 14 per cent in September 2010, to just over nine per cent in December 2011.

The service also showed a return on investment of £367,000 in its first four months of operation by reducing the number of temporary staff the Trust hired. The saving is equivalent to the cost of employing an additional 15 nurses or 22 cleaners for a year.

FAST Physio gives all staff at East Lancashire Hospitals access to free24-hour counselling services, both over the phone and face-to-face, exercise plans, financial advice and recommendations for workplace adjustments. It also offers support for managers and employees returning to work after illness.

Dr Helena Johnson, chair of Council at the CSP, said:

“The CSP awards recognise physiotherapists who show innovation and excellence to provide even better services for patients.

“FAST Physio’s award is richly deserved. Their work demonstrates how the NHS can make big cost savings on health and social care, provide high quality patient services and improve staff health and wellbeing all at the same time. ”

The awards ceremony featured three other categories: the optimising skill mix to enhance recovery award, promoting self-management award, and demonstrating the impact of outcomes on patient care award.

The event is sponsored by Elsevier, worldwide publishers of science and health information.

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