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Top industry accolade for Oswestry physio

CSP press release published on 22 November 2013

Praise for implementation of staff self-referral scheme

An Oswestry physiotherapist has won a prestigious award for his work in keeping NHS staff fit for work and reducing sickness absence costs among NHS staff.

Michael Delahay, from the Therapy Outpatient Team at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, picked up the accolade at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP) Annual Awards, held today at the Hotel Russell in London.

Michael implemented and led the scheme, which has provided NHS staff with easy access to in-house physiotherapy treatment and screening for potential movement problems. The service has reduced sickness absences due to musculoskeletal disorders, saving the trust an estimated £250,000 and improving patient care through a reduction in cancelled appointments and waiting times.

Sue Rees, chair of Council at the CSP, said:

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

'Michael's scheme has educated hospital staff on the advantages of early intervention and demonstrated how the NHS can make big cost savings through providing internal healthcare support, which in turn benefits patients. This award is richly deserved.'

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

For more information on the CSP awards or a photograph, visit: www.csp.org.uk/awards.

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

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Note for 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.

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