Community rehabilitation

Find out why rehabilitation should be available to everyone.


Rehabilitation makes people’s lives better, yet many of those who could most benefit face barriers to accessing these services. The need to expand provision of good quality, community based, rehabilitation is therefore already widely recognized.  Now, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for community rehabilitation will rise sharply.  The need to expand these services becomes ever more pressing and must now be prioritized.

Standards for rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients

The CSP has developed standards for rehabilitation of adults hospitalised due to Covid-19 in response to the rapidly evolving situation. 

Rehab standards for adults hospitalised due to Covid-19
Covid-19 rehabilitation standards

Rehabilitation and Covid-19 - CSP policy statement

Find out what we're asking for on rehabilitation during and after the Covid-19 pandemic and why physiotherapy is critical for treating Covid-19. 

What rehab is need during and after the pandemic
Pulmonary rehabilitation may modestly improve anxiety and depression in adults

Meeting the rehabilitation challenge

There are strong economic, ethical and ‘quality of life’ reasons to improve access to rehab services, and it's time to make the UK health and care systems more rehabilitative as a whole. 

We aim to build an alliance of national organisations committed to lobbying to improve access to quality rehab services across the UK.

How we'll meet the challenge
Physio doing exercises with patient in home setting

Improving healthcare delivery through community rehabilitation

It's now widely recognised that rehabilitation works and that to improve access to these services they need to be more community based. This is supported by policy commitments across the UK. 

The challenge ahead is to translate this into an expansion of quality community rehab services and investment to make this happen. 

The importance of community rehab
Physio working with patient in their own home

Setting the standard for community rehabilitation

Our aim is to drive up the quality of community rehab services.

We'll do this through promoting approaches and initiatives that work and developing new evidence-based standards. 

Find out more
Physio doing exercise involving elastic band with patient

Principles of quality rehabilitation systems

The factors that make for effective rehabilitation are now well understood.  We have categorized them under three headings: person centred, accessible and integrated.

Read the principles
Physio with patient in their home

Community rehabilitation in the NHS Long Term Plan for England

There is a strong commitment in the plan to increasing community rehab services, along with significant new funding to underpin the proposals.

See more about the NHS Long Term Plan
NHS England Long Term Plan - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Right to Rehab report

Our report, Community Rehabilitation: Live Well for Longer, calls on all political parties to ensure there is equal access to high quality community rehabilitation services for all.

Read the report
Right to Rehab Report cover image, which reads: Community Rehabilitation: Let's Live Well Longer

Support the Right to Rehab

Find out why the CSP is calling on the government to recognise that people have a right to effective community rehabilitation services, and support our Right to Rehab campaign.

Support the Right to Rehab
Manifesto for community rehabilitation
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