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Backing rehab

Help the CSP give local rehab services the profile and credit they deserve.


National support

  • 42 of Scotland's elected MSPs have signed up to the campaign (= ⅓ of all MSPs)
  • 23 Welsh AMs signed up or tweeted #backingrehab (> ⅓ AMs)
  • 33 of Northern Ireland's candidates have signed up or tweeted #backingrehab

The CSP's #BackingRehab campaign has been launched to increase the profile and recognition of rehabilitation services where physiotherapy makes a significant contribution.

And in the recent May elections, the CSP sought support from all candidates to promote quality rehabilitation services in their locality.

Find out more about this new CSP campaign below.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation is an essential part of healthcare, following surgery, illness or injury, and aims to optimise function and wellbeing.

Rehabilitation works by helping people get back to daily activities, return to work and enjoy their leisure.

Rehabilitation is provided by different health professionals, depending on the condition, and often involves multidisciplinary teams. While rehabilitation may begin in hospital settings following an acute episode of care, it will often start or continue in community settings.

Community rehabilitation

Community rehabilitation focuses on reducing disability and lifestyle restriction for management of long term conditions, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, falls and fractures, and following surgery.

Community rehabilitation should start as soon as possible to speed recovery.

Community rehabilitation when provided leads to:

✔   shorter length of stay in hospital

✔   improved mobility

✔   increased activity levels

✔   significantly improved quality of life

Physio rehab helps treat a wide range of conditions

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)

MSDs are the most common reason for repeat consultations with GPs, accounting for up to 30 per cent of primary care consultations And within the NHS, half of all sickness absence is caused by MSDs.

Rapid access to musculoskeletal physiotherapists can reduce the amount of time people are off sick and is vital in preventing a new acute problem becoming chronic and long lasting.☆

Cardiovascular disease (CVD)

CVD includes conditions such as angina, heart attack and stroke. Up to 90 per cent of the risk of a first heart attack is due to nine lifestyle factors that can be changed.

Physiotherapy-led cardiac rehab programmes are clinically effective in reducing mortality, improving health and quality of life, reducing length of hospital stays and reducing the number of hospital readmissions.☆

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and small airways disease.

Pulmonary rehab programmes are clinically effective and cost effective in improving health and quality of life, reducing length of hospital stay and reducing the number of hospital readmissions for people with COPD.☆


In the UK an estimated 152,000 people have a stroke each year, and there are approximately 1.1 million stroke survivors. Stroke is the largest cause of complex disability in the UK, and approximately one-third of stroke survivors are left with disability and rehabilitation needs.

Emerging evidence shows that physio rehab very early after stroke (ie, mobilisation within 24 hours) leads to better outcomes and is cost effective. A minimum of 45 minutes of physiotherapy for five days a week is recommended.☆


One in three people aged over 65 will fall every year equating to more than three million falls per year. Half of people who fall will fall again in the next 12 months.

Physio-led group exercise programmes have been shown to be effective and to reduce falls by 29 per cent and the risk of falling by 15 per cent – and individual exercise programmes by 32 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.☆

☆ All figures quoted above are taken from the CSP's Physiotherapy Works evidence briefings: access and download your own copies.

Be part of the campaign

The CSP is encouraging candidates to get behind their local rehabilitation services. There are a number of ways that elected decison makers can act to support quality rehab. In supporting the #backingrehab campaign, candidates are committing to take action if elected such as:

  • visiting a local service and meeting staff and service users or
  • writing an article in for your local newspaper on the importance of rehabilitation services or
  • attending a meeting of the health board or joint integrated partnership to discuss service user needs or
  • meeting with patient groups and service providers in your community or
  • Speaking up for quality rehabilitation on your legislative or authority chamber
File 176148All candidates that sign up to support #backingrehab will receive further information on the value of rehabilitation.

Candidates on twitter will receive a retweet for tweeting 'I'm #backingrehab' in support.


Last reviewed

10 May 2016
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