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CSP welcomes integration pioneers

CSP press release published on 1 November 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has responded to the Department of Health's announcement that 14 areas have been chosen as ‘pioneers’ for integrating health and social care.

CSP chief executive Phil Gray said:

“Well integrated services enable patients to receive the treatment and care they need in a prompt manner and close to home. Physiotherapy staff can play a key role in reducing admissions to hospital, in managing early discharge from hospital, and in keeping people healthy and independent in their own homes.

“Most people want to avoid having to go to in to hospital at all and want to return home quickly if they can. But lack of co-ordination between hospital and community services, or between health and social care services, can prolong stays in hospital and can be confusing or distressing for patients.

“So we welcome the Department of Health’s attention to this issue, and applaud the cuts to waiting times and admissions rates seen in the pioneer areas.

“These pioneer areas show that better integrated care for patients can be achieved cost effectively, where health and social care professionals,including physiotherapists, are enabled to be innovative and work together.

"Unfortunately there are still many areas where health and social care services are fragmented, patients are waiting too long for services, and budget cuts may be stifling innovation.

"Today's announcement is a really positive step which shows that better care for patients can be achieved.It shows the way forward".

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.

**ENDS**

Notes to editors

  1. 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.

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