CSP urges MPs to recommend increasing physio student places

An influential group of MPs should tell the government to increase the number of places on physiotherapy degree courses in England, according to the CSP.

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The physio profession needs 1,500 extra students over the next three years just to keep meet demand

The society’s call follows Health Education England’s (HEE) announcement of a 6.7 per cent cut in training places next year.

In written evidence to MPs on parliament’s health select committee, the society stresses there are already significant difficulties in recruiting physiotherapists across the NHS.

The CSP’s research shows that the profession needs an extra 1,500 students places in each of the next three years just to keep pace with growing demand.

Another key part of the CSP’s submission is a call for an urgent review of how practice education placements are supported. It tells the MPs there must be a level playing field in the allocation of funding for placements across all the health professions.

The CSP’s evidence was submitted on 22 January as part of the committee’s investigation into the effects of the government’s comprehensive spending review of health and social care.

The inquiry spans a wide range of issues, including the effects of health education spending cuts; access to healthcare; and the cost implications of new policy objectives, such as seven-day NHS services.

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