Concurrent and subsequent treatment - Advice to physiotherapists working in the NHS and private sectors

Patients who choose to be treated privately are entitled to NHS services on exactly the same basis of clinical need as any other patient and should not have NHS treatment withdrawn or refused because they also have private care. Patients have a right to choose where they seek treatment, and in some cases this can result in patients seeking and receiving concurrent treatment in both the NHS and private sectors.

In principle the choice that a patient makes in having additional private provision should not cause a problem, but from time to time it does, and for a number of different reasons.

This information paper includes:

  • Information to support physiotherapists to manage their responsibilities in the event of a patient seeking concurrent treatment
  • Advice to managers and employers as to how they can manage their staff, in the event of patients seeking concurrent treatment
  • Examples of good practice to assist in the management of commonly expressed concerns, related to either concurrent or subsequent treatment.

Prior to this version, this publication was formerly called "Patients seeking concurrent treatment from physiotherapists or other regulated or non-regulated practitioners - guidance for chartered physiotherapists"