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CSP welcomes progress on NHS sickness absence

CSP press release published on 29 January 2014

New figures from NHS Employers that show more trusts are taking action on staff wellbeing are welcome, but further work is needed, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has said.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

“It is good news that more trusts are looking after the health and wellbeing of staff, particularly since our own report last year highlighted the slow progress that had been made in this respect.

“Sickness absence is expensive for the NHS and costly for patients who may experience cancelled appointments and longer waiting times.

“The Boorman Review said in 2009 that the NHS could save £550million a year through measures like providing fast access to physiotherapy to help keep people in work and delivering services for patients.

“With the financial pressures the NHS currently faces, it is essential that trusts build on today’s good news to save money, keep people working and improve patient care.”

Showing the way, physiotherapists at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry have reduced sickness absence and saved their trust £250,000 by introducing self-referral for staff.

The CSP’s audit of health and wellbeing strategies at NHS trusts, called Fit Enough for Patients?, showed employers had paid more than £1bn in sick pay in the previous three years.

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 officer 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 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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