CSP feeds into government review of NHS staff’s health

The CSP will this week hear how its evidence on the role of physiotherapy in improving the health of NHS staff may help inform a national review.

A range of professional and policy advisers and other occupational health stakeholders will meet Steve Boorman on 16 July, as he presents his interim report on a review into the health and well-being of NHS staff (see also ‘Policy in focus’, p18). The investigation is part of the government’s response to last year’s report by Dame Carol Black on the health of Britain’s workers and is looking at why sickness levels are particularly high among health workers and how they can be better supported. The Society last month submitted evidence to the review based on feedback from members in occupational health services. The CSP provided examples of good practice and showed where there is room for improvement. CSP chief executive Phil Gray said this exercise had been ‘an excellent opportunity for physiotherapists to demonstrate what they are doing in occupational health and public health promotion’. The CSP will have a further chance to comment on Dr Boorman’s interim report as it goes to public consultation before the final review is published in 2010. 
Louise Hunt

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