Covid-19 community rehabilitation: physiotherapy service delivery

These standards cover community rehabilitation and physiotherapy care for adults of 18 years and over with Covid-19.

The standards apply to anyone with rehabilitation needs who has or has had Covid-19. The standards are relevant to people at all stages of their Covid-19 recovery, their families and carers. This is whether their care is managed in community settings throughout or if they were admitted to hospital at any stage.

These standards do not cover delivery of community rehabilitation for adults who have not had Covid-19 but will be applicable more widely to community rehabilitation service delivery both during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are 7 quality standards:

  1. Needs assessment, rehabilitation planning and review
  2. Personalised rehabilitation
  3. Self-management
  4. Communication and information
  5. Coordinated rehabilitation and care pathways
  6. Evaluation, audit and research
  7. Personal Protective Equipment and infection control

The Covid-19 Community Rehabilitation Standards [RS3] were sent out to consultation to a Physiotherapy Expert Reference Group supporting the community rehabilitation programme. The group is composed of CSP professional networks and individual expert members.

Expert peer reviewers:

  • AGILE (Chartered Physiotherapists working with older people)
  • ACPIVR (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Vestibular Rehabilitation)
  • ATOCP (Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists)
  • BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation)
  • Stephen Ashford, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Consultant Physiotherapist
  • Fiona Jones, Professor, Rehabilitation Research