CSP members will next week be invited to take part in a comprehensive evaluation of remote physiotherapy services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online survey, which will gather detail of innovative approaches and new ways of working, aims to share learning about where virtual physiotherapy has worked well and where it has been less effective. CSP teams will use the findings to develop recommendations for reimagining future community rehabilitation models that are equitable and effective for patients and make best use of resources.
A team of researchers at the University of Manchester (UoM) has been appointed to carry out the project.
The first stage launches on 26 August, when members will be emailed a link to take part in an online survey which runs until 16 September.
Later in the year, the researchers will be working with some services to develop case studies. These will include detail about patients’ and physiotherapists’ experiences, usability of technology, costs of service change and the benefits and challenges of remote service delivery.
CSP chief executive Karen Middleton said: ‘It’s been fantastic to see how physiotherapy services have adapted to deliver patient-centred care remotely almost overnight since the pandemic began.
'Looking to the future, we now need to understand where remote physiotherapy approaches have been effective and where there have been challenges.
‘This is vital to help us reconfigure rehabilitation services in a way that is equitable and effective for patients, and makes best use of resources. Please do get involved - so that your service is part of shaping the future of remote physiotherapy.’
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