Covid-19 rehabilitation standards

The rehab standards for Covid-19 lay out the key principles of delivering physiotherapy within a multidisciplinary care context. They are key for facilitating safe and rapid decision-making and ensuring the delivery of high-quality assessment and personalised physiotherapy.

The standards are underpinned by national guidance and standards, in particular by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), government and profession-specific guidance on Covid-19.

Targeted, expert peer review has been used to ask reviewers specific questions about the draft standards and complete a pragmatic accuracy check. We will review and update the standards as the knowledge base and expert experience develop.

Service leads and the physiotherapy workforce are the key audience. The standards may be further developed to include information for wider audiences over time (for example, patients, policymakers and commissioners). 

Standards for rehabilitation of adults hospitalised due to Covid-19

Covering adult rehabilitation from hospital to step-down rehabilitation facilities and/or ongoing rehabilitation in the community. 

Aimed at the physiotherapy workforce and service leads, the standards set out the key principles of delivering physiotherapy within a multidisciplinary care context.

They facilitate safe and rapid decision-making, high-quality assessment and personalised physiotherapy.

Supporting rehab decision-making and assessment following critical and acute care
Covid 19

Standards for palliative rehabilitation and end-of-life care

These standards are relevant for all care settings and cover rehabilitation and physiotherapy for people with Covid-19 who are approaching the end of their life.

This includes people who are likely to die from Covid-19 and people with Covid-19 who have advanced, progressive, incurable conditions or life-threatening acute conditions.

The standards also cover support for their families and carers.

Rehabilitation and physiotherapy for Covid-19 patients approaching the end of their lives
End of life care

Standards for community rehabilitation for anyone has or has had Covid-19

The standards are relevant to people at all stages of their Covid-19 recovery, their families and carers. This is whether their care has been managed in community settings throughout or if they were admitted to hospital at any stage.

Covid-19 community rehabilitation: physiotherapy service delivery
Covid-19 rehab in the community
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