Recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic

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 rehabilitation standards

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, these standards lay out the key principles of delivering rehabilitation for patients.

We have released three so far: one covering the rehabilitation in any hospital setting, one focusing on palliative rehabilitation and end-of-life care, and one covering community rehabilitation. 

We will review and update the standards as the knowledge base and expert experience develop.

Supporting rehab decision-making and assessment
Covid-19 rehabilitation standards

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.

The policy framework we will need to deliver effective rehab
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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.

Our recommendations for protecting services
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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.

Guidance on Covid-19 aftercare from NHS England
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