Palliative rehabilitation and end of life care: physiotherapy service delivery

The CSP has developed these standards in direct response to the rapidly evolving situation. 

These peer-reviewed standards are aimed at the physiotherapy workforce and service leads. They are underpinned by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), government and profession-specific guidance on Covid-19. We will review and update them as the knowledge base and expert experience develop.

This particular set of standards covers rehabilitation and physiotherapy for people with Covid-19 who are approaching the end of their life. This includes people who are likely to die from Covid-19 and people with Covid-19 who have advanced, progressive, incurable conditions or life-threatening acute conditions. The standards also covers support for patients' families and carers. They are relevant for all care settings.

There are 5 quality standards:

  • Assessment, care planning and review 
  • Rehabilitation and symptom management
  • Communication and information
  • Coordinated rehabilitation and care pathways
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control 

Expert peer reviewers:

  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (ACPOPC)
  • Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)
  • AGILE (Chartered Physiotherapists working with older people)