CSP to exclude spinal injections from PLI cover

From 1 July the CSP will be explicitly excluding a number of spinal injection interventions from cover within the CSP PLI scheme.

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Members who undertake these activities and rely on CSP PLI for their indemnity will need to adjust their practice in order to remain insured.

CSP professional adviser Pip White says: ‘Therapeutic injection therapy has been within the scope of physiotherapy practice since 1997.

'It typically includes injection to the structures of the peripheral skeleton and increasingly, with advances in professional capability, may now include injection to the structures of the spinal skeleton.

All injection therapy carries risk, but the risks for spinal injection interventions are greater, including the risk of life changing and/or catastrophic outcome

‘In the light of current regulatory advice and practice guidance, the CSP has taken a pragmatic risk-management decision to be very clear to members that some spinal and other interventions will be explicitly excluded from PLI cover from 1 July this year.’

The explicitly excluded activities will be:

  • regional and general anaesthesia
  • epidural injections with or without the
  • use of local anaesthetic
  • spinal and caudal injections
  • spinal and caudal nerve blocks

Other therapeutic injection therapy techniques remain covered by the PLI scheme subject to policy terms and conditions.

More information and FAQs about the forthcoming changes to the PLI scheme our available here

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