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CSP welcomes new chief executive

CSP press release published on 3 February 2014

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s new chief executive has started work with a call for greater access to rehabilitation services to improve the quality of life for patients.

 Professor Karen Middleton CBE said physiotherapists enable patients to recover as much of their independence and function as possible after a serious illness or condition.

This is good for the individual, and also for the NHS as readmission rates are reduced and further, more expensive treatment is not required, she explained.

Prof Middleton, who was formerly the chief allied health professions officer at NHS England and is visiting professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, said:

“Medical advances are keeping more people alive than ever before, but we need to ensure that we continue to support them once they leave hospital.

“Physiotherapy is central to their recovery and I look forward to making that case at every opportunity.”

Prof Middleton added that physiotherapy was also crucial to the 15 million people in England alone who live with a long-term condition, as it enables them to self-manage that condition and remain independent, thereby also saving the NHS money.

The new CEO said other priorities included:

  • Making sure physiotherapy plays a bigger role in the public health agenda, using the profession’s expertise in movement to increase physical activity and prevent ill-health
  • Helping the profession to make better use of digital technology to enhance clinical practice and outcomes for patients.

Prof Middleton worked in the NHS for 28 years prior to joining the CSP and is the first physiotherapist and first woman to hold the post. 

Welcoming her, CSP vice-chair of council Catherine Pope said:

“Karen brings to the role extensive experience, a passion for the profession and a background in using innovation to improve patient care.

“She will be a tremendous asset to the CSP and I look forward to working with her.”

Prof Middleton replaces Phil Gray, who retired on Friday after 15 years as chief executive.

Founded in 1894, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the highly influential professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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.

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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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