Championing community rehab: an influencing toolkit

This toolkit has been designed to help you champion community rehabilitation by securing time with local healthcare decision makers.

CSP members are our most effective advocates in communicating to decision makers the key issues affecting the profession and your everyday work.

Writing to, meeting with or petitioning your local decision makers will help raise the profile of physiotherapy as a profession and improve outcomes for your patients.

The engagement that you undertake will help build relationships, influence and momentum. Do not doubt that this can lead to positive change.

Influencing, engaging and lobbying is about communicating with decision-makers to change their minds on an issue or to request their assistance to help achieve a particular demand.

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.

Our priorities

  • To gain political commitment to delivering universal access to rehabilitation to meet needs

  • To improve the quality of rehabilitation through better commissioning, planning and delivery

  • To create public awareness of an individual’s entitlement to rehabilitation, and also the need to increase the understanding of the importance of rehab.

We are calling on decision-makers to...

  1. Develop a national strategy for quality rehabilitation, making it an integral part of the healthcare system.

  2. Expand and modernise rehabilitation services to meet the scale of need for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related cases, with a focus on delivering in the community.

  3. Grow the multi-disciplinary rehabilitation workforce, with the right skills and staff needed.

  4. Learn from the impetus and changes needed to respond to the pandemic and use it to shape the future of rehabilitation.

  5. Measure the needs and impact of rehabilitation through data and case studies.

Download the toolkit to see how you can help us achieve these aims.