It is clear that a sustained programme of rehabilitation will be key to many people regaining full health following coronavirus. This is particularly the case for those who required intensive care.
This section includes standards for rehabilitation, the required policy framework, some questions and issues physios working in rehabilitation will face, and useful related resources.
Covid-19: the Road to Recovery
There is much we are still learning about Covid-19 and one thing we know for certain is that the road to recovery isn’t always straightforward.
Our short animation illustrates what physiotherapists say many patients can expect when recovering from Covid-19.
Covid-19 rehabilitation standards
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, these standards lay out the key principles of delivering rehabilitation for patients. We have released two so far: one covering the rehabilitation journey from hospital to step-down facilities and community settings; and one focusing on palliative rehabilitation and end of life care. We will review and update the standards as the knowledge base and expert experience develop.
Rehabilitation and Covid-19 – CSP policy statement
Access to high-quality community rehabilitation for those worst-affected by Covid-19 will be critical. We face a huge increase in demand for high-quality community rehab services. CSP sets out what system leaders and policymakers will need to do to meet this challenge.
Covid-19 - protecting physio and rehab services
As the pandemic continues, it is essential that we learn the lessons so far and continue to champion the need for rehabilitation and physiotherapy. The CSP is calling for governments and healthcare providers to prioritise physiotherapy and rehabilitation services.
Rehabilitation during the pandemic – FAQs
Access to high-quality community rehabilitation for those worst-affected by Covid-19 will be critical. On the horizon is a significant increase in demand, yet these services are facing significant disruption, in part due to the redeployment of the workforce and social distancing and shielding requirements. So what does all this mean for rehabilitation during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Rehabilitation is the key to recovery – during and after Covid-19
CSP Chief Executive Karen Middleton sets out why she believes that the word ‘rehab’ needs to be on the lips of every healthcare manager and decision-maker. And why, as they prepare to deal with the long-term after-effects of the coronavirus crisis, high-quality rehab will be an absolute necessity for the nation’s recovery.
Aftercare needs of Covid-19 patients – NHS England
Guidance supporting primary care and community health services to meet the immediate and longer-term care needs of patients discharged following an acute episode of COVID-19. It describes typical expected healthcare needs post-discharge.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) FAQs
Find out what you need to do to remain safe while treating patients with Covid-19, and understand your rights and responsibilities.
Redeployment and upskilling
What might be expected of you, the support you should expect in return and your questions answered.
Remote service delivery options
Face-to-face consultations should be used only when they are essential. Explore the alternative service delivery options that you can use during the Covid-19 pandemic, including implementing remote consultations, offering telephone guidance and using a range of digital tools.
Rehabilitation makes people’s lives better, yet many of those who could benefit most face barriers to accessing these services. The need to expand good-quality, community-based rehabilitation was already widely recognised. Following the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for community rehabilitation will rise sharply. Expanding access to community rehabilitation services is essential.