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Physiotherapy Works programme

File 146034We need to spread the message that physiotherapy works.

The Physiotherapy Works programme started in 2014 and will run to 2017. Our programme aim is to increase demand for physiotherapy services. We are doing this by communicating how physiotherapy can help people live better and longer, prevent ill health, and get people out of hospital and/or back to work quickly after illness. We want to equip members with evidence and tools to demonstrate the benefits and potential that physiotherapy has.

We want to see:

  • Improved awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy
  • Increase health and social care decision makers awareness and understanding of the benefits of physiotherapy as a cost effective solution to address current challenges
  • Influence decision makers to commission more physiotherapy services
  • Create growth in the use of physiotherapy in key areas within: rehabilitation, long term conditions, fit for work and prevention
  • Improve the professions leadership, capability and reach

The focus for our work from 2016 is around participation and leadership and we are working on a number of projects in this area.

What we’ve done to date

We started work with a series of events around the UK with over 1,400 members attending (Oct 2014 – April 2015). You can read about these events here

Following on from the events, our focus has been around professional evidence and tools. We started with the release of the Falls Prevention Model in Oct 2014. The model has now been used by several members to successfully increase their funding and services.

In September 2015, we released the Workforce Data Model which shows the supply and demand of physiotherapists across the UK. The model has been shared with members around the country and been used in our influencing work with leading bodies such as Health Education England and the Cabinet Office.

In March, the Physiotherapy Cost Calculator was released. This tool can calculate the potential cost and time savings achievable by having physiotherapists as first point of contact in GP surgeries. CSP has been working with key stakeholders, such as BMA and RCGP, on the future use of the tool.

A number of Physiotherapy Works evidence briefings have been updated with new briefings on self-referral, fitness for work and primary care. In July, a Systematic Review on COPD commissioned by CSP through the Physiotherapy Works programme was published in CHEST

You can view all the evidence and tools from the Physiotherapy Works programme in the resources section of these pages.

What we’re doing next

The focus for our work from 2016 is around participation and leadership. Following consultation with members, we are developing a number of initiatives that will launch by the end of the year, such as:

  • CSP Mentoring Scheme
  • Leadership Development Programme
  • Case Studies database for viewing or submitting case studies in physiotherapy
  • Business Skills Simulation

We started with research and consultation into physiotherapy leadership. You can read the report on leadership here.

In May, we released a themed collection of materials on leadership, including influencing, innovation and strategic planning. We’ll be adding to these resources over the next year.

Following on from the COPD report produced by Imperial College London for CSP, this winter we will release a model that illustrates the benefits of pulmonary rehab in reducing exacerbation rates. The model will include a recommendations paper on improving outcomes in pulmonary rehab.


  • We are evaluating the Physiotherapy Works programme, both the overall programme and each individual project. We do this to understand if we are meeting our objectives and gaining the benefits we expected. We want to have evidence of the impact of the programme and our work.
  • We produce a mid-year and end-year evaluation report on the programme. You can read the executive summary of our summer 2016 evaluation report.
  • Some key findings from the January – June 2016 evaluation were:
    • In the period, the models and tools from the Physiotherapy Works programme were accessed over 5,000 times from the CSP website
    • A leaflet on falls and preventative exercises was distributed with NHS bodies, (over 350,000 copies distributed). In evaluation, 87% of those asked found the leaflet useful.
    • Results from the member’s survey showed that 80% of responders felt the CSP supported members to be confident in their roles as physiotherapists

We’d love to hear from members with suggestions or feedback for the physiotherapy works programme. You can email us at


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