A new guide shows how physiotherapists and other allied health professionals (AHPs) can decrease congestion in A&E departments and improve patient flow.
The guide, published by NHS Improvement and NHS England, outlines how the work of AHPs gives patients a better experience and reduces pressure on other staff.
In addition, it highlights their role in managing admissions avoidance, supporting the mobility and independency of patients and providing care for frail older people.
It also emphasises the benefits of AHPs being involved in patient flow planning, which it states can improve quality, effectiveness and productivity across care pathways.
Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practise and development, said: ‘Physios, alongside other AHPs, play significant roles in supporting patients with long term conditions both in and outside of hospital.
‘Being involved in planning care pathways is important and can be helpful, however we also need better investment in community rehab to decrease the need for emergency care in the first place.
‘Implementing first contact physios in GP practices, alongside involving AHPs in patient planning can save the health care system millions of pounds as well as significantly increase patient satisfaction and quality of life.’
NHS improvement hope the guide will encourage trust leaders to include AHPs in patient flow planning, as well as inspiring and supporting AHPs to take on planning roles.
Author: Robert Millett
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