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CSP calls for fair pay for physiotherapy staff

CSP press release published on 24 September 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and other health unions are calling for a fair pay settlement for NHS staff.

In their submission to the NHS pay review body today, health unions highlight how pay for more than one million dedicated public servants is failing to keep pace with inflation, leaving many NHS staff struggling to keep their heads above water financially.


NHS physiotherapy staff have not had a real-term pay increase since 2006, the evidence showed.


The Coalition Government imposed a two-year pay freeze in the NHS from 2011, and announced earlier this year that pay would be capped at one per cent for the following three years to 2016.


The continuing NHS pay cap will mean that by 2014, NHS staff will have suffered a real-terms pay cut of between eight and 12 per cent at a time when continued reorganisation and staff cuts make their jobs increasingly stressful, according to the joint evidence.


In a recent CSP survey, 82 per cent of NHS physiotherapy staff said they felt pay levels relative to the cost of living had made them worse off over the past 12 months, while 77 per cent felt their household finances had deteriorated.


Furthermore, 66 per cent of physiotherapists and physiotherapy support workers said morale and motivation had declined over the past 12 months, thanks to the falling value of take-home pay, as well as an increase in workplace stress, and dissatisfaction with the quality of care physiotherapy staff felt able to provide.


Peter Finch, CSP assistant director, employment relations and union services said:


“A five-year real terms wage cut is not right and it is not fair. It is hitting morale and motivation during the most challenging time the NHS has ever faced. 


“Physiotherapy staff are increasingly over-worked and stressed out.


“NHS staff and their patients are being asked to plug a hole in the public finances that would be better tackled by ending austerity and closing tax avoidance loopholes.


“Like millions of workers in the public and private sector, our members deserve fair pay. The economy won’t recover in any kind of sustainable way without it.”


For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, or Jon Ryan, senior media adviser on 07917 091200.


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Notes to editors

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 51,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.


The evidence relating to physiotherapy staff also shows:


- 86 per cent said staff shortages have occurred over the past year with 60 per cent saying this occurred frequently


-  NHS workplaces/departments have responded to the financial challenges by cutting services, freezing recruitment and cutting staff numbers, including senior and specialist clinical posts


- Individual workloads have increased over the past year for 87 per cent, with additional duties and responsibilities and pressures on staffing from insufficient sickness, maternity or holiday cover to unfilled vacant posts. 


- 98 per cent worked more than their contracted hours, with 63% saying these extra hours were all unpaid.

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