Proactive physios are vital to NHS plans, says CSP

'Can do' physios are key to delivering NHS priorities, according to CSP chair of council Catherine Pope.

CSP Chair of Council, Catherine Pope.

She was responding to a speech made by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, at the annual NHS Confederation conference in Manchester on 17 June.

Speaking to a gathering of health leaders Mr Stevens said: ‘It’s now time to turn strategy into delivery’.

Delegates heard that the NHS needs to get its ‘sleeves rolled up’ and make national plans, such as the Five Year Forward View, a reality without expecting further investment.

In response to his speech, Ms Pope, who attended the conference along with CSP chief executive Karen Middleton, said: ‘Can-do physiotherapists offer a raft of solutions to the big challenges facing today's NHS. Being present at the conference was an opportunity to highlight the excellent work members are doing day in and day out to improve the health and quality of life of patients.

'In a tough financial climate, physiotherapists are helping to ease GP pressures as first point of contact practitioners and delivering services to support NHS staff to keep healthy.'

CSP staff hosted a stand at the conference to showcase the range of approaches and services physiotherapy offers to tackle issues such as rising demand in primary care and improving workplace health.

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