The CSP has launched a new film, Thinking Differently About Support Workers, which has been developed in collaboration with Health Education England to showcase the important contribution of the physiotherapy support workforce to the profession.
The short film features several support workers and their colleagues, and aims to promote the valuable role that support workers fulfil within therapy teams and the services that they deliver to patients.
It also tackles some of the common myths about support roles, and highlights the benefits of support worker recruitment and development.
The film shows physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals the benefits of having support workers in their teams, which include:
- the opportunity to expand workforce and safely meet patient needs
- free up physiotherapists to work with more complex patients
- expand the skills base of teams by valuing support workers and encouraging them to progress in their career and take on more responsibility
- adapt to the additional demands generated by the pandemic
Highlighting the capability and skills of the support workforce
Claire Fordham, CSP professional adviser, said: ‘The impact of the support workforce on patient care and service productivity is unfortunately too often overlooked and misunderstood in workforce planning so the film aims to highlight the capability and skills of the physiotherapy support workforce.
We encourage you to watch and share the film, and hope it will inspire you to consider how you deploy your support workforce, challenge assumptions about their capability and consider how you can support them to contribute more to patient care.
CSP members can view the film at www.csp.org.uk/thinkingdifferently
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