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CSP welcomes prolonged disorders of consciousness guidelines

CSP press release published on 12 December 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) welcomes new guidelines on the ‘Diagnosis and management of people with prolonged disorders of consciousness’ launched by the Royal College of Physicians today.

Sue Rees, Chair of Council at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, says:

“ The diagnosis and management of people with prolonged disorders of consciousness is a clinically and ethically challenging area of practice; we warmly welcome these new guidelines that provide physiotherapists and other health professionals with a clear clinical and legal framework to work within.

These national guidelines support and encourage professionals to work in a common way across teams, bringing much needed consistency for family members.

We are pleased that the scope of the new guidelines has been extended to include people in a Minimally Consciousness State. This will enable service providers to ensure that each individual is afforded appropriate assessment, treatment and lifelong care.”

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, Jon Ryan, senior media adviser on 07917 091200 or Laura Boyd, PR and social media officer on 07766994141.

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.

2. Dr Maggie Campbell, CSP member, was the physiotherapy representative on the Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness Guideline Development Group.

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