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CSP welcomes funding for physiotherapy to help ease pressure on A&E

CSP press release published on 27 November 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has responded to an announcement by the Department of Health about how it will allocate additional funds to help tackle the winter A&E crisis.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

“Any additional funds for the NHS are welcome and it is reassuring that the Department of Health recognises the important role physiotherapists can play in alleviating the pressures on A&E this winter.

“In Portsmouth, for example, physiotherapists work in a ‘community lounge’ where older people presenting at A&E are assessed to see if there are more appropriate services available. This has cut admissions and allowed hundreds of older people to be treated in their own homes.

“But it is important to recognise that the A&E crisis is a symptom of a larger problem in the NHS. Financial pressures mean community services that help people manage their condition and continue living independently at home are being cut or didn’t exist in the first place, and this leaves some patients with nowhere to go other than A&E.

“Properly funded community services, such as physio-led falls prevention programmes and support for patients with respiratory conditions, are essential if we are to keep more people out of hospital and avoid seeing the same problems every winter.”

For further media information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call 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

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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