Community rehabilitation

Find out why the CSP believes community rehabilitation services must be a priority for the whole profession and what we are doing about it


Rehabilitation makes people’s lives better, yet many of those who could most benefit face barriers to accessing these services. The coronavirus pandemic is driving up need. At the same time is can be a catalyst for much needed focus on how best to meet this.

Why is community rehab important?

Watch our VR film and read case studies from people that show why community rehab is important

Read the case studies
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What we're asking

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
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A sector speaking as one

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

Who we are working with and what we'll do
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Important reading

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
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Rehabilitation and Covid-19

It is clear that a sustained programme of rehabilitation will be key to many people regaining full health following coronavirus. This section includes standards for rehabilitation, the required policy framework, some questions and issues physios working in rehabilitation will face, and useful related resources.

Our recommendations and rehab standards
Pulmonary rehabilitation may modestly improve anxiety and depression in adults

Physiotherapy Services Checklist

The CSP has developed this checklist for physiotherapy services, to enable you to identify both the specific strengths of your services and the areas for improvement.

Improve community rehabilitation by evaluating your physiotherapy service
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Community rehabilitation influencing toolkit

The pandemic has brought to the forefront how important physiotherapy services are and we need this momentum to continue as the governments within the four countries start to plan for recovery and reshape what the future healthcare landscape looks like.

It is critical that we maintain pressure to remind politicians, planners and funders of community services of the importance of physiotherapy.

Learn how you can champion community rehab with local healthcare decision makers
community rehab toolkit

Outlining the problem

The evidence shows that that rehabilitation works and that more needs to be community-based. The challenge ahead is to translate this into new approaches to rehabilitation that is on offer in the community, better access for the public and investment to make this happen. 

What are the issues around community rehab?
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Student-made resources

Find information and resources created by students for students on community rehabilitation (produced by Natalie and Chris on their CSP placement).

Explore the resources
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