Rehabilitation of adults who are hospitalised due to Covid-19: physiotherapy service delivery

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

These standards are underpinned by national guidance and standards, in particular by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), government and profession-specific guidance on Covid-19. Targeted, expert peer review has been used to ask reviewers specific questions about the draft standards and complete a pragmatic accuracy check. We will review and update the standards as the knowledge base and expert experience develop.

The standards lay out the key principles of delivering physiotherapy within a multidisciplinary care context. They are key for facilitating safe and rapid decision-making and ensuring the delivery of high-quality assessment and personalised physiotherapy.

The key audience are the physiotherapy workforce and service leads. The standards may be further developed to include information for wider audiences over time (for example, patients, policymakers and commissioners). 

This set of standards covers rehabilitation in hospital critical and acute care settings through to step-down rehabilitation facilities and/or ongoing rehabilitation in the community. 

There are five quality standards:

  • Assessment and goal setting.
  • Timing and intensity of rehabilitation.
  • Continuity of care and communication.
  • Ongoing rehabilitation in the community.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control during rehabilitation.

Expert peer reviewers:

  • Stephanie Mansell – Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, Consultant Physiotherapy Group Co-chair
  • David McWilliams – Consultant Physiotherapist Critical Care
  • Lucy Silvester – Major Trauma Service Lead
  • Ema Swingwood – Respiratory Pathway Lead/Physiotherapist, Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) Chair