The CSP in Wales has welcomed moves to stabilise commissioning of physiotherapy student training places in 2010.
Welsh health minister Edwina Hart announced there will be 90 students starting physio degrees in September, a slight reduction on last year. CSP policy officer for Wales Philippa Ford said: ‘We are very pleased that the commissioning numbers for physiotherapy have not dropped below 90; at one stage there was a recommendation to commission fewer.’ Lobbying by individuals and groups, including a CSP meeting with the minister, ensured ‘we have kept the numbers stable and avoided the boom and bust approach’, she added. Edwina Hart said the figures for non-medical student commissions were based on integrated workforce plans from NHS organisations and their partners that had been agreed with health unions and the professions. They reflected workforce requirements for 2013 and beyond. Speaking on behalf of the Welsh Partnership Forum, Peter Finch, who is also CSP assistant director of employment relations and union services, said: ‘The trade unions, through the Welsh Partnership Forum, welcome our involvement in discussions on the commissioning of training places for this September. ‘We believe it is crucial that the whole workforce planning process involves representatives of NHS staff to ensure the future workforce is able to meet the challenges facing NHS Wales in the next few years.’
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