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Government and employers must do more to keep people fit for work, CSP says

CSP press release published on 5 September 2014

A new report that looks at the challenges faced in the workplace by people with chronic musculoskeletal disorders offers positive solutions, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has said.

Commenting on 'Self-management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and employment', a report from the Fit for Work UK Coalition and The Work Foundation, Sue Browning, deputy chief executive of the CSP, said:

“We must do everything we can to help people with chronic MSDs to stay in work, and today’s report presents the government, employers and individuals with positive ways to do that.

“Growing numbers of people are living with such a condition and it makes no sense to lose or under-use such a significant part of the workforce.

“Aside from economic arguments, we know the physical and mental health benefits of work so it is essential that people with chronic MSDs do not feel marginalised or excluded from that environment.

“Physiotherapists are experts at keeping people healthy in work, or facilitating a return after sickness absence, and it is very important that employers provide staff with fast access to occupational health services.

“The NHS should also make self-referral to physiotherapy available across the country to ensure early, effective treatment can be delivered to allow people to remain in work.”

The full report can be read here.

The CSP is a member of the Fit for Work UK Coalition.

Notes to editors

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 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.

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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